by 432d Wing/432d Air Expeditionary Wing
12/21/2012 - CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The
432d Air Expeditionary Wing Operations Center recently made its move
back to Creech Air Force Base, after a temporary stay at Nellis AFB.
Col. James Hecker, 432d Wing/432d Air Expeditionary Wing commander, and
Lt. Col. Jeff, 432d Operations Group WOC director, cut a ceremonial
ribbon to officially open the new operations center Dec. 19, 2012.
"The WOC was temporarily located at Nellis during the renovation
process," Jeff said. "It was located there for about a year and a half
to allow for the project's completion."
The WOC's mission is to provide a single point of contact for remotely
piloted aircraft combat operations to a number of Combined Air and Space
Operations Centers. The newly renovated work center will streamline
support to joint warfighters and combatant commanders around the globe.
"The WOC maintains a 24/7 operations tempo to provide combat
capabilities for over 40 combat air patrols, nine launch and recovery
elements and 12 squadrons," said Lt. Col. Joseph, former 432d OG WOC
The $4 million Secretary of Defense-directed project will enable
personnel and assets assigned to the WOC to better facilitate the 432d
AEW's mission as the Air Force expands to support 65 combat air patrols.
"Being here allows us to have more face to face time with our customers and enhances the mission capability," Joseph said.
The return to Creech is expected to increase the efficiency of personnel
and resource support provided to each RPA crew. The WOC will be fully
operational in the upcoming weeks as functions migrate from Nellis AFB.