Our 22nd and final recognition event of excellence in air and missile defense for the year of 2017, which carries forward United States citizens and citizens from 20 Allied Countries around the world in awarding outstanding leadership at this critical time, was held in Tucson, Arizona last week. The majority of the world’s missile defense interceptors across all the different layers that are deployed globally today in the defense of close to a billion people, including 300 Million Americans, are engineered in the state of Arizona. The United States’ 12th Air Force is based in Tucson, Arizona and commands Air Supremacy to the south of the United States. An Air Operations Center (AOC) that controls the airspace for this vast region to the south to include commanding the air and missile defense for the region is located at the Davis-Monthan base in Tucson. Around the world there are coveted U.S. AOCs positioned strategically located in the Area of Responsibility (AOR) of the United States Combatant Commands in Europe, Korea, Middle East, the Pacific and the United States. The 12th UASF stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base also exercises in the Barry M. Goldwater training range (link) for close air support and air defense exercising for air platforms and their crews located in southern Arizona. U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft play a vital layer and role in air to air Integrated missile defense. This same mission of intercepting cruise missiles and aircraft at multiple Mach speeds is being considered with the F-35 and an advanced “skyfire” air to air interceptor for boost phase missile defense.
Champion War Fighters from the 12th Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Michael D. Atchley
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew W. Hull
Major Kelsey L. Finley
Master Sergeant Anthony D. Moore
Technical Sergeant Heather J. Allen