The 152d Air Operations Group (152 AOG) is a unit of the New York Air National Guard, stationed at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse, New York. If called into active federal service, the group is gained by Air European Command USAFE.
The 152d Air Operations Group's primary day-to-day mission is to augment and support the 603d Air Operations Center, located at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, a part of United States Air Forces Europe (USAFE). The 603d AOC and 152d AOG work together to set up and run an AN/USQ-163 "Falconer" weapons system, also known as an Air and Space Operations Center, for the European theater of operations.
The AN/USQ-163 Falconer, better known as the Air and Space Operations Center (AOC), is the senior element of the Theater Air Control System. In the event of hostilities, the Joint Force Commander assigns a Joint Forces Air Component Commander (JFACC) to lead the AOC weapon system. Quite often the Commander, Air Force Forces (COMAFFOR) is assigned the JFACC position for planning and executing theater-wide air and space forces. When there is more than one service working in the AOC it is called the Joint Air and Space Operations Center. In cases of Allied or Coalition (multinational) operations, the AOC is called a Combined Air and Space Operations Center.
There are usually five divisions in the AOC. These separate, but distinct, organizations fuse information that eventually becomes the Air Tasking Order. The divisions are the Strategy Division, the Combat Plans Division, the Combat Operations Division, the Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Division and the Air Mobility Division.
The Theater Battle Management Core Systems is a set of software systems used by the JFACC and within Air Operations Centers by the United States Air Force combat forces to plan and execute military missions utilizing airborne resources. It has two levels of control, at the larger 'force' level, or at the detailed 'unit' level. It is used to generate the Air Tasking Order. It replaced the Contingency Theater Automated Planning System.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization also uses the Combined Air Operations Center concept at multiple locations.103d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
103d Tactical Control Flight
152 Combat Operations Squadron (2016)
152 Air Intelligence Squadron (2016)
152 Air Communication Squadron (2016)
The 152d Air Operations Group was initially established at Fort Clayton in the Signal Corps during 1939 as the Signal Aircraft Warning Company, Panama. In 1942 the company expanded to battalion size. It provided air defense of the Panama Canal Zone until December 1942, when it was inactivated.
The battalion, now the 558th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion was activated again in the China Burma India Theater in 1944. The 558th served in combat until the surrender of Japan and remained in theater until January 1946, when it returned to the United States and was inactivated.
In March 1946, the battalion was transferred to the Air Corps, redesignated the 152d Aircraft Warning and Control Group and allotted to the National Guard.
In March 1948, the group was activated and federally recognized in the New York Air National Guard at Westchester County Airport as the air control element of the 52d Fighter Wing. It was assigned three aircraft warning and control squadrons in New York and New Jersey, and an aircraft control squadron stationed with the group headquarters.
In August 1951 the group and its squadrons were called to active duty in the expansion of the United States Air Force during the Korean War and moved to Grenier Air Force Base, New Hampshire as part of Air Defense Command (ADC). The unit did not deploy to Korea, instead it moved to Canada where it operated new radar sites being constructed for Northeast Air Command. In December the group was inactivated and returned to state control.
The unit was moved to the White Plains Armory and eventually to Roslyn Air National Guard Station on Long Island. The mobilization command for the group changed from ADC to Tactical Air Command (TAC). In 1954, the unit was redesignated the 152d Tactical Control Group and changed its mission from air defense to control of tactical aircraft in both offensive and defensive combat. The group was called to active duty during the Berlin Crisis of 1961 and deployed to Germany, where it operated a network of radar sites until being once again returned to state control in 1962.
In 1984 the 152d moved to Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, near Syracuse. It became the 152d Air Control Group in 1992 as the Air Force dropped the terms "Tactical" and "Strategic" from its units names with the inactivation of TAC and Strategic Air Command. Air Combat Command became the new mobilization command for the 152d.
In 2000, the unit's federal mission was changed to augment the Air Operations Center at Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, for the United States Air Forces Europe (USAFE). The Air Operations Center provides planning, direction, and control of assigned Air Forces. They also direct activities of forces and monitor actions of both enemy and friendly forces.Activated in December 1939 as the Signal Aircraft Warning Company, Panama
Redesignated 558th Signal Battalion
, Aircraft Warning on 15 January 1942
Inactivated on 1 December 1942
Redesignated 558th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion
and activated on 10 August 1944
Inactivated on 11 January 1946
Converted, redesignated 152d Aircraft Warning & Control Group on 24 May 1946 and allotted to the National Guard
Extended federal recognition and activated on 15 Mar 1948
Called to active duty on 1 August 1951
Inactivated on 20 Dec 1952 and returned to the National Guard
Extended federal recognition and activated on 20 Dec 1952
Redesignated 152d Tactical Control Group on 1 December 1954
Federalized and placed on active duty in Oct 1961
Released from active duty and returned to New York state control c 1 Nov 1962
Redesignated 152d Air Control Group c. 16 June 1992
Redesignated 152d Air Operations Group on 1 August 1996
Federalized and placed on active duty in December 2001
Released from active duty and returned to New York state control
Federalized and placed on active duty in January 2003
Released from active duty and returned to New York state control in February 2003
Panama Canal Department, December 1939
Signal Aircraft Warning Service, XXVI Fighter Command c. 9 June 1942 - 1 December 1942
Tenth Air Force, 10 August 1944
33d Fighter Group, October 1944
North Burma Task Force, c. April 1945
Tenth Air Force, 1945 - 11 January 1946
52d Fighter Wing, 15 March 1948
New York Air National Guard, 1 November 1950
First Air Force, 1 August 1951
Eastern Air Defense Force, August 1951
32d Air Division, 6 February 1952
Northeast Air Command, April 1952
New York Air National Guard, 10 December 1952
Ninth Air Force, 1 October 1961
United States Air Forces Europe, October 1961
New York Air National Guard, 1 November 1962
New York Air National Guard, 1 December 2001-Undetermined; 1 January 2003-Undetermined; 1 February 2003 – Present
AN/USQ-163 Falconer Air and Space Operations Center