HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah - The 729th Air Control Squadron here is exercising their wartime mission Wednesday through Friday by providing communications and controlling airspace in a simulated bare base, hostile environment.
"It is important we take every opportunity to ensure our unit is combat ready," said Lt. Col. Darin Humiston, 729th ACS commander. "I decided to conduct the training on a rural area of the base rather than convoy and setup operations in the Utah Test and Training Range in Southern Utah because it is more fiscally responsible."
The move of the exercise means that the base population and those in South Ogden could possibly hear simulated gunfire from blanks in the rifles the Airmen will train with.
"We'll have 65 Airmen setting up a radar detachment on the north training area of the base," said Humiston. "Although the Airmen will be training as they do in combat, they will use blanks in their rifles, and no ground burst simulator or explosions simulating bombs will be used. Although this training area isn't as all-inclusive as the UTTR, it is important we practice our core combat skills to ensure we are ready for deployments."
The 729th Air Control Squadron is one of three active duty units worldwide.
The squadron has been continuously deploying in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom since 2003 and provides theater-level command and control of air power during war and other military operations. In short, when deployed the squadron controls the air over their theater of operations.