An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | June 6, 2023

US Facilitates Japan Air Operations Center Training

505th Command and Control Wing Public Affairs 505th Training Squadron

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Three years in the making, the 505th Training Squadron fulfilled a request by the government of Japan to assist with understanding how an air operations center plans and executes and how to build instructional standards to enable airpower at the operational level of war.

The 505th Training Squadron's Air Operations Center (AOC) Formal Training Unit sent a team of instructors to Yokota Air Base, Japan, to train fifteen members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, focusing on academic instructor standards, AOC organization, joint planning, force packaging, dynamic targeting, and future proposed Block 20 upgrades to the AOC Weapon System.

The 41st Electronic Combat Squadron members assisted with electronic warfare instruction and provided an overview of non-kinetics planning and execution.

“The 505th Training Squadron is well suited to provide this type of assistance to our foreign partners because we are the subject matter experts on the AOC Weapon System,” said Merrill Ballenger, 505th Training Squadron Training Flight director, Hurlburt Field, Florida.

To make this event successful, multiple years of coordination and navigating changing COVID restrictions occurred. Only after receiving approval from the office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs, coordination and approval from Japan Air Self-Defense Force senior leaders, synchronization with Pacific Air Forces, and integration with the 41st Electronic Combat Squadron could the event proceed.

“The training we were able to provide directly ties to Secretary Kendall’s operational imperatives,” said Lt. Col. Jason Gossett, 505th Training Squadron commander. “Our squadron’s capability to provide mobile training options to prepare the U.S., allies, and partners for a modern conflict with a peer competitor makes us a unique force multiplier at the operational level.”

The 505th Training Squadron is responsible for preparing graduates to operate the AOC Weapon System, graduating more than 1,600 joint and coalition personnel annually. Additionally, the squadron teaches 13 initial qualification courses in the weapon system, including an Integrated Air and Missile Defense Course, a Joint AOC C2 Course, and an academic instructor course. Graduates from the 505th Training Squadron serve in all combatant commands.

CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Meeting With People's Republic of China (PRC) Minister of National Defense Admiral Dong Jun
Graphic intended for use as a placeholder for Statements and Press Releases without accompanying imagery.
May 31, 2024 - Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Admiral Dong Jun, Minister of National Defense of the People's Republic of China (PRC), met today in Singapore on the margins of the Shangri-La Dialogue to discuss U.S.-PRC defense...

WPS Highlights Collaboration in Pacific Islands for AANHPI Month
The official logo for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Office of Women, Peace & Security (USINDOPACOM WPS).
May 31, 2024 - As Asian American Pacific Islander Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander month draws to a close, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Office of Women, Peace & Security (USINDOPACOM WPS) spotlights leaders in the...

Papua New Guinea Defense Force completes Gender Focal Point training with U.S. DoD Support
Papua New Guinea Defence Force members, U.S. Department of Defense personnel and an Australian Army Soldier, pose for a group photo following a Women, Peace and Security Gender Focal Point course graduation at the Kumul Learning Center, Murray Barracks, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, May 24, 2024. The course was facilitated by the PNGDF Gender Committee with support from the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Office of WPS, and trained gender advisors with U.S. Air Force Wisconsin Air National Guard, and U.S. Marine Corps Marine Rotational Force – Darwin 24.3. The PNGDF Gender Committee focused on equipping defence force personnel with the tools necessary to integrate gender perspectives into their operational strategies to enhance PNGDF institutional and organizational effectiveness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Kassie McDole)
May 31, 2024 - In a landmark initiative aimed at promoting Women, Peace and Security (WPS) as a capability to enhance Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) institutional and organizational effectiveness, the U.S. Department of Defense...

USINDOPACOM Commander Travels to the Republic of Korea
Adm. Samuel J. Paparo, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), visited the Republic of Korea (ROK) from May 29-30, 2024, reaffirming the United States ironclad commitment to the U.S.-ROK Alliance. This trip marked Paparo’s first visit to the country as the USINDOPACOM commander. (Courtesy photo)
May 30, 2024 - SEOUL – Adm. Samuel J. Paparo, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), visited the Republic of Korea (ROK) from May 29-30, 2024, reaffirming the United States ironclad commitment to the U.S.-ROK Alliance. This...

Fact Sheet: Secretary Austin's Tenth Trip to the Indo-Pacific Region
Graphic intended for use as a placeholder for Statements and Press Releases without accompanying imagery.
May 30, 2024 - Starting on May 29, 2024, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III will travel to the Indo-Pacific region for the tenth time since taking office. His trip will occur as the Department of Defense continues to strengthen U.S...