Friday, October 24, 2014

Sky Soldiers parachute into Romania for rapid deployment exercise

U.S. Army paratroopers from 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne board a U.S. Air Force C130J Oct. 21, 2014 at Nuernburg Airport as part of a brigade Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise. The paratroopers parachuted into NATO ally Romania for training roughly 24 hours after initial notification to test their readiness as the U.S. Army Contingency Response Force in Europe. (Photo Credit: Sarah Tate)

Blog Editor Note: HF activity associated with this exercise has been observed on 4901.0 5088.0 5802.0 kHz ALE/USB using ALE addresses BDFIRES173EDRE BDINTLO173EDRE BDRED173EDRE BDXRAY173EDRE

By Maj. Michael J Weisman, U.S. Army Europe

GRAFENWOEHR TRAINING AREA, Germany (Oct. 22, 2014) -- Approximately 90 paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade's 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment conducted an airborne operation into Campia Turzi, Romania, yesterday, to start the field portion of an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise, referred to as an EDRE.

The exercise tests the paratroopers' ability to plan and execute full-spectrum operations on short notice as the U.S. Army Contingency Response Force in Europe. As such, the brigade provides ready troops to deploy within 18 hours, anywhere in the U.S. European, Africa or Central Command areas of responsibility.

Some 24 hours prior, instead of reporting to work for scheduled training, the squadron instead received notification from the brigade headquarters they would be deploying to Romania the next morning. The squadron then conducted mission analysis and began the orders process, drew necessary weapons and equipment, and headed to Grafenwoehr Army Airfield to don parachutes, conduct mission briefs and load the awaiting U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft.

"We started with a warning order at [6 a.m.]," said Maj. Matthew Work, the brigade's executive officer, referring to the surprise notification. "This is part of building the readiness culture we have in the 173rd [Airborne Brigade], and building upon what we've been asked to do for U.S. Army Europe in expanding our EDRE capability."

After three hours in the air, approximately 900 kilometers east, the paratroopers jumped in all the equipment and supplies they would need for the next three days. From the drop zone, the paratroopers made linkup with Romanian troops on the ground, who played the role of host-nation forces in the scenario the paratroopers are operating in.

"These guys are thinking about once they leave the aircraft, what they have to do when they hit the ground to be able to assemble quickly and move out to their objective," said Sgt. Maj. Steven Campbell, the brigade's operations non-commissioned officer in charge. "It gets right at the heart of being ready to go at a moment's notice. Once they conduct the airborne assault, the commanders and leaders will be challenged because they'll be deprived of a lot of things -- sleep, food -- they're going to move long distances. The commander will have to take the intelligence he receives along the way and make critical decisions, which will drive where their unit goes."

As part of the EDRE, the brigade purposefully introduced stressors such as the uncertain environment, long foot movements and lack of sleep, all with an active opposing force in the area.

"Part of this EDRE is having our Soldiers being comfortable with the unknown," explained Work. "We are going to get our leaders and Soldiers to a point where they are tired and uncomfortable. They're going to deal with the unknown and cause people to think differently under stress and duress."

This is leader training all throughout, from the private all the way through the organization," added Work. "We have a number of scenarios that are set up to test leaders and help them think through problems. It's a phenomenal event that stresses the organization."

For the brigade, the execution of the drill is the culmination of months of effort, coordinating with the Romanian military and U.S. Embassy in Bucharest to provide tough, realistic training for the paratroopers.

"We've worked closely with our Romanian allies over the weeks leading up to this exercise," said Capt. David Dean, a brigade logistical planner who liaised with Romanian military forces in planning the exercise. Their professionalism and efforts in planning this event made this possible."

The EDRE is the first in a series of planned exercises over the next two months involving troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, alongside their NATO allies in Romania. The exercises are a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, demonstrating U.S. commitment to NATO collective defense as well as building interoperability with allied forces.

Romania has been and continues to be a strong NATO ally," said Dean. "An exercise likes this demonstrates that and sets the stage for a series of future exercises to build on."

The EDRE comes just two weeks after the brigade finished its six-month deployment to Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The "Sky Soldiers" of the 173rd Airborne Brigade transferred responsibility for that portion of the Atlantic Resolve mission to Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

"It's all about readiness," said Campbell. "They have to be ready. We don't know where we're going next, but we know we have to be ready at a moment's notice to answer the call."

U.S., Allies scramble jets almost daily to repel Russian incursions


Russian military provocations have increased so much over the seven months since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine that Washington and its allies are scrambling defense assets on a nearly daily basis in response to air, sea and land incursions by Vladimir Putin’s forces according to By Guy Taylor and Maggie Ybarra in a published article in The Washington Times.

Not only is Moscow continuing to foment unrest in Eastern Ukraine, U.S. officials and regional security experts say Russian fighter jets are testing U.S. reaction times over Alaska and Japan’s ability to scramble planes over its northern islands — all while haunting Sweden’s navy and antagonizing Estonia’s tiny national security force.

NATO officials confirmed this week that the Russian air force flew an Ilyushin-20 spy plane into Estonian airspace Tuesday, triggering a swift reaction from NATO fighter jets patrolling the area.

The incursion came just days after Sweden made international headlines by scrambling a fleet of naval vessels to search for a suspected submarine sighted about 30 miles off the coast of Stockholm in the Baltic Sea.

Swedish authorities avoided pinning the incident directly on Russia, and Moscow denied involvement. But regional analysts like Mr. Cohen say they’d be surprised if the sub was not Russian.

The development, the analysts say, fits within a growing list of similar Russian actions, including some directly challenging U.S. territory.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled jets to scare off two Russian strategic bombers that suddenly appeared to conduct practice runs in airspace just 65 miles off Alaska in June. A similar incident occurred in September, with U.S. and Canadian fighters scrambling to deter six Russian aircraft, including two nuclear bombers, two fighter jets and two refueling tankers, according to news reports.

Read more of this article at: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/23/vladimir-putin-emboldened-by-weak-us-response-to-r/#ixzz3H3Jodrdc

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Norad has increased North America alert posture

From the NORAD/US Northcom twitter feed:

NORAD taking appropriate and prudent steps to ensure adequate posture to respond quickly to any incidents involving aviation in Canada.

For MilcomMP readers here are the current NORAD UHF freqs.

228.900  234.600  235.900  238.400  252.000  254.200  260.900  265.400  270.200  271.000  274.000  277.600  278.000  281.600  282.600  288.400  293.600  316.300  320.600  324.000  327.900  328.000  355.200  364.200  (AICC Nationwide) 386.000 MHz

Hercules by the Numbers



You may know that the C-130 Hercules is operated by 70 countries. You might even be able to name several of C-130’s 70+ variants. But, here are some facts and figures that you may not know about the Herc courtesy of Lockheed Martin on their website at http://tinyurl.com/kvgv2ac.

VA Plans to Build Nationwide High-Frequency Radio Network to Communicate During Emergencies


From the NextGov.com website and Jack Metcalfe

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to build a nationwide high-frequency radio network to connect its medical facilities in case of an emergency that knocks out other forms of communications -- applying century-old technology to current needs.
VA said in a contracting notice Tuesday it intends to award a five-year, fixed-price indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for the fully functional "turnkey" Emergency High Frequency Radio Network.

VA plans to issue a formal request for proposals by Oct. 31.

The network will include an undefined number of high-powered “backbone” stations equipped with 200-watt transmitters designed to receive and automatically relay communications from 125-watt stations located at approximately 200 Veterans Health Administration facilities, VA said.

The network would provide emergency two-way radio communication and links to national wired, cellular and IP telephone networks enabling radio-to-telephone communications, according to the agency.

High-frequency radios operate in the three-to-30-MHz bandwidth and can transmit signals for hundreds or thousands of miles as the signals are refracted off the ionosphere. Changes in ionspheric conditions require HF radios to be periodically retuned, done automatically with a technology known as Automatic Link Establishment built into the radios. VA has specified ALE radios for its HF network.
Though outmoded by satellite and internet communications, HF networks still serve as an emergency backup for federal agencies, including the Air Force for communications with Air Force One as well as its transport, tanker and bomber fleets.

The Department of Homeland Security operates a high-frequency network called SHARES, which provides additional capabilities for users with a national security and emergency-preparedness mission to communicate when landline and cellular communications are unavailable.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Army National Guard also operate national HF networks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has set up the National Public Health Radio Network as a communications back up in all 50 states.

Bernie Skoch, a retired Air Force general, consultant and amateur radio operator, said high-frequency remains the only reliable long-distance communications capability that depends entirely on terminal systems for end-to-end communications.

“There is no copper, no fiber, no space segment and very thin network management requirements” -- just radios, antennas and the ether, he said.

That independence from complex infrastructures, coupled with relatively inexpensive portable and mobile packages, makes it ideal for command and control, disaster and continuity-of-operations systems, Skoch said.

Blog Editor Comment (if you don't like editorials move on): Unbelievable! Another HF emergency net by a government that is bloated with them. So which HF emergency net does the government bureaucrat operate on when the balloon goes up?

Answer: Doesn’t make any difference they all do nothing anyway during emergencies, just check-ins and signal checks and asking hams if they can handle their H&W traffic. This is just another waste of my tax money by a government agency that already has a bloated budget and has enough problems providing services to this nation's vets.

Nimitz to Participate Alongside Canadian, Japanese, other US Ships in TG Exercise

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway conducting routine operations and training exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelly M. Agee/Released)
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelly Agee, USS Nimitz Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Canadian, Japanese and U.S ships will participate
in a U.S. 3rd Fleet-led Task Group Exercise (TGEX) off the coast of Southern California, Oct. 20-31.

The TGEX will serve to train independently-deploying units in air defense, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, and maritime-interdiction operations while building cooperative relationships with partner nations.

Units participating include Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 15, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), guided-missile cruisers USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and USS Chosin (CG 65), guided-missile destroyers USS Milius (DDG 69), USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60), USS Kidd (DDG 100), USS Pinckney (DDG 91) and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), and a submarine, Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigates HMCS Calgary (FFH 335) and HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338), Kingston-class coastal defense vessels HMCS Brandon (MM 710) and HMCS Yellowknife (MM 706), and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JS) Teruzuki (DD 116).

Simultaneously, CSG 15 will lead and evaluate training across multiple warfare areas for Milius, Paul Hamilton, Fort Worth and Freedom, as these ships will use TGEX as their final opportunity to certify prior to deployment.

Specific events Nimitz will conduct include: flight operations, tracking different ships, conducting underway replenishments, and communications exercises.

"This is an opportunity to test our ability to work in a coalition environment," said Cmdr. Darrell Lewis, future operations officer for Carrier Strike Group 11. "There are some language barriers, and how we do things is slightly different from how the other nations do things. So, we are taking them into our task group and working with them and proving we can do it."

According to Lewis this exercise will benefit new personnel on Nimitz by giving them the chance to experience a more sophisticated level of operations.

"It is going to be a great opportunity," said Lewis. "Everything you do in these exercises you can learn from. It is a taste what it was like during deployment for those people who haven't seen it."

Joint interagency and international relationships strengthen U.S. 3rd Fleet's ability to respond to crises and protect the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners.

'Hurricane Hunters' busy with missions on both coasts

Lt. Col. Jon Talbot points to the eye of Hurricane Julio during a hurricane flight off the coast of Hawaii Aug. 9, 2014.Talbot is a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron aerial reconnaissance weather officer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jessica

By Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo, 403rd Wing Public Affairs

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) -- It's been a busy two weeks for the Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters, the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew their last of 15 missions into Hurricane Ana in the Pacific Oct. 20, while gathering weather data for the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

On the other side of the globe, the hunters wrapped up a week-long deployment to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, flying their last Hurricane Gonzalo mission Oct. 16, in the Atlantic.

It's not unusual to have storms this late in the season, said Maj. Jon Brady, a 53rd WRS aerial reconnaissance weather officer.

"The peak of the season is in September, but there is a historical trend for it to re-spike in October. Some of the biggest storms and hybrid storms form in October," he said, adding that Hurricane Sandy struck in October and was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season.

What is extremely rare is to have a third hurricane hit Hawaii in the same season, Brady said, who added the Hurricane Hunters only deploy to the Central Pacific when Hawaii is threatened. Hawaii has been hit by five hurricanes since 1952, until this year the last hurricane to strike the islands was Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

The Hurricane Hunters deployed to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii for the second time this season and began flying missions into Ana Oct. 16. The unit deployed to Hawaii in August to fly Hurricanes Iselle and Julio. The last time the squadron deployed to Hawaii was in 2007, for Hurricane Flossie, which wasn't a direct hit and brought light damage to the islands.

"The Pacific is much warmer than normal," Brady said. "This is indicative of an El Nino, which gets the water much hotter than normal and causes more storms to form in the Pacific than the Atlantic, which was the case this year."

Ana, the 21st named storm in the Pacific, became a Hurricane Oct. 18, passing to the south of the Hawaiian Islands, but caused severe weather and heavy rains during the weekend.

The National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu and the National Hurricane Center in Miami rely on satellite images and Doppler radar for their forecasts models. The data the hurricane hunters provide improves the accuracy of the track forecast by 15 to 20 percent, said Dennis Feltgen, NHC public affairs officer.

"When you look at the satellite imagery you are not sure what is going on inside the storm. Sending the Hurricane Hunters into a storm is the equivalent of going to the doctor's office and getting an MRI," he said.

To gather this data, aircrews fly through the eye of a storm four to six times to locate the low-pressure center and circulation of the storm. During each pass through the eye, they release a dropsonde, which collects weather data on its descent to the ocean surface, measuring wind speed and direction, temperature, dew point and pressure. During storm flights, the aircrews transmit weather data via satellite communication every 10 minutes to the NHC or CPHC providing forecasters vital data on a storm's intensity and direction, assisting them with their forecasts and storm warnings.

The NHC used this data earlier in the month for forecast and storm warnings for the Caribbean Islands impacted by Hurricane Gonzalo.

The squadron deployed to the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix Oct. 10 to track the weather system that formed into Tropical Storm Gonzalo Oct. 12 and became a hurricane Oct. 14.

As the system made its way through the Caribbean Islands, the deployed aircrews relocated to Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, Oct. 13. Aircrews continued around-the-clock reconnaissance of the hurricane until Oct. 16. They flew out of Homestead and Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The squadron flew 15 missions gathering data on the storm, which at its strongest was a Category 4, and caused damage in Antigua, Saint Martin and Bermuda. The storm struck Bermuda Oct. 18 as a Category 2. The storm's remnants hit the United Kingdom late Monday.

While crews recover from Hurricanes Ana and Gonzalo, the squadron is moving on to the next storm. The Hurricane Hunters are flying a low level investigation mission today on a storm forming in the Gulf of Mexico near the Bay of Campeche west of Yucatan.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

USS Milius Departs on Deployment


San Diego (NNS) -- The guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) departed Naval Base San Diego Oct. 20 on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The ship and crew of more than 300 Sailors, assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, will conduct presence operations and goodwill activities with partner nations.

Prior to deploying to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, Milius will participate in a Task Group Exercise off the coast of Southern California, Oct. 20-31, along with other units from the U.S and Canadian navies and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

U.S. 3rd Fleet will lead the exercise that serves to train independently-deploying units in air defense, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, and maritime interdiction operations, while also building cooperative relationships.

Milius is a multi-mission ship with anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare surface combatants capabilities, designed to operate independently or with an associated strike group.

The Navy announced Oct. 16 the ballistic missile defense (BMD)-capable guided-missile destroyers USS Benfold (DDG 65) and Milius will become part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) based at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan in the summers of 2015 and 2017, respectively.

Milius is homeported in San Diego and is part of Naval Surface Forces and U.S. 3rd Fleet.

U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.

Btown Milcom Blog Logs


Have been doing some HF monitoring this morning. Ran across a couple of interesting freqs.

7348.0 kHz USB/ALE FEMA running weekly comm checks on the FNARS net. FM4FEM - ALE Address (Voice call WGY 914) FEMA Federal Region Center Thomasville, GA cld by FCSFEM002 (WGY 912) - Mt. Weather EAC (Berryville), VA

7630.5 kHz USB/Olivia Tail end of the US Air Force MARS NEM1 net (NE US) at 1345 UTC.
8101.0 kHz USB US Navy CWC Air Defense network, call sign India Whiskey is NCS, probable USS Iwo Jima ARG off the east coast of the US.

US Air Force Reaper Drone Crashes at Niamey Airport

US Air Force (USAF) MQ-9 Reaper drone (AFP Photo / USAF)
According to the Reuters new agency an unarmed USAF MQ-9 Reaper drone crashed on landing at the main airport in the capital of Niger on Monday (10/20/14), damaging the runway, but causing no injuries, airport sources in Niger and the U.S. Air Force said.     

Washington deployed unarmed surveillance drones in Niger after a French-led military operation in 2013 destroyed an al Qaeda enclave in neighboring northern Mali.


Supported by some 120 U.S. military personnel, they operate from a base outside the capital Niamey, though the United States is considering moving the operation to Agadez, 750 km (460 miles) northeast of Niamey.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Swedish 'Cold War' thriller exposes Baltic Sea nerves over Russia

Swedish corvette HMS Stockholm patrols Jungfrufjarden in the Stockholm archipelago October 20, 2014. REUTERS/Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency
 
By Alistair Scrutton and Simon Johnson, Yahoo News website
 
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - It has all the makings of a Cold War thriller -- an emergency military deployment with stealth ships and helicopters hunting for a foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. Grainy photographs of a mysterious vessel. Sightings of a black-clad man wading in shallow coastal waters.
 
Whether it was caused by paranoia or a secret naval mission, Sweden's biggest military mobilization since the Cold War over the last three days has underscored growing concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions in the Baltic Sea region.

In just over a month, an Estonian intelligence officer has been reported abducted by Russian forces, Finland has complained of Russian interference with one of its research vessels, and Sweden has lodged an official protest over a "serious violation" when Russian warplanes entered its air space.

With shades of Frederick Forsyth, the maritime mystery has fired the imagination of the region. Moscow has denied it has any submarine in mechanical trouble in Sweden's waters, but nervous governments fear that the Baltic Sea could become the next flashpoint with Russia after Ukraine.

"This may become a game-changer for the security in the whole Baltic Sea region," tweeted Edgars Rinkevics, foreign minister of Latvia, where officials say there has been a marked increase in Russian submarines and ships navigating close to their territorial waters. 

The search in the Baltic Sea, less than 30 miles (50 km) from Stockholm, began on Friday and reawakened memories of the final years of the Cold War, when Sweden repeatedly chased suspected Soviet submarines along its coast with depth charges.
But there have also been many false alarms. In the 1980s, the military on several occasions thought it had detected submarines, only to find the underwater sounds had been made by minks or otters.

The military say they are now looking for a submarine, a mini-submarine or even divers amid the thousands of islands near Stockholm, many of them popular holiday destinations. On Monday a no-fly zone was declared around the search area.

New Navy E-2D aircraft goes operational

An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 banks over Naval Station Norfolk. VAW-125 will be the first squadron to deploy with the E-2D. (MC2 Ernest R. Scott / Navy)

By Christopher P. Cavas, Navy Times Staff writer

WASHINGTON — The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye has been declared to be operational, meaning that deployment training for the Navy’s newest airborne warning and control aircraft can begin in earnest.

Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Advanced Hawkeye was achieved Oct. 10 when Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 (VAW-125) was certified to have five operational aircraft, five trained air crews and a fully-certified maintenance team.

With IOC declared, the VAW-125 Tigertails now will train with Carrier Air Wing 1, scheduled to deploy next year aboard the carrier Theodore Roosevelt.

Read the rest of this article on the Navy Times website at http://www.navytimes.com/article/20141016/NEWS04/310160060/New-Navy-E-2D-aircraft-goes-operational


Navy at Travis quietly keeps communications open with subs

Lt. Cmdr. Jason Anstead gestures toward a E-6 Mercury communications plane used by the Navy VQ-3 detachment unit based at Travis Air Force Base. The plane trails a five-mile-long antenna out of its rear, in order to communicate with submarines on missions in the Pacific. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)
By , Daily Republic website

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Whenever the Pentagon wants to call one of its nuclear subs in the Pacific, the call goes through the quiet Navy professionals whose E-6B Mercury communication aircraft fly out of their unobtrusive alert facility on Travis’ south side.

Like fishermen, the aircrew of Travis’ VQ-3 detachment spends long hours out over the Pacific, catching messages with a five-mile trailing antenna that will then be sent to the subs cruising safely and silently under water within 1,000 miles of the aircraft.
“We are one big relay platform,” said VQ-3 Detachment Officer in Charge Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jason Anstead.

The unit’s unofficial name, TACAMO, stands for Take Charge and Move Out. It was born in July 1963 when the director of naval communications for the chief of naval operations used those words to start work on coming up with a better way to communicate with the Navy’s nuclear submarines.

This system had to be capable of surviving any hostile military action, something ground-based communications sites were incapable of doing, according to Anstead.
The result was the creation of Strategic Communications Wing 1, which is headquartered at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and oversees three fleet air reconnaissance squadrons. One of those, VQ-3, has the detachment, which is stationed on the south side of Travis Air Force Base’s runway. It’s sister unit, VQ-4, has a detachment that is stationed on the East Coast at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
Initially, the wing was equipped with modified C-130 Hercules aircraft. They were replaced with the E-6 Mercury, which is a heavily modified Boeing 707 packed with high-tech communications gear.

Rest of the article can be read at http://www.dailyrepublic.com/news/military/navy-at-travis-quietly-keeps-communications-open-with-nations-submarines/               

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 19 October 2014 - Btown NC

Here is another round of Mode-S/ADS-B intercepts and selected ATC call signs logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC.

AE4E9C 166179   ---  2014-10-19 21:46:33 T-6B United States ---   
ADFECB 84-0485   PAT185 2014-10-19 21:15:27 C-12T-3 United States KY ARNG | OSACOM DET-11 [KFFT]   
ADFDB6 93-1036   ROLER75 2014-10-19 20:01:59 C-130H United States USAF | 19AW [KLRF]   
AE1144 165978   ---  2014-10-19 18:38:47 T-6A United States USN | TW-6 [KNPA]   
AE0485 62-3521   MASH65 2014-10-19 16:53:13 KC-135R United States AFRC | 434ARW | 72ARS [KGUS]   
ADFDD6 95-6712   ANVIL31 2014-10-19 16:37:10 C-130H United States WV ANG | 130AW | 130AS [KCRW]   
AE29FC 168205   ---  2014-10-19 16:10:53 UC-12W United States USMC | VMGR-252 [KNKT]   
AE1197 03-3114   RULER21 2014-10-19 16:10:08 C-17A United States MS ANG | 172AW | 183AS [KJAN]   
AE11E7 79-0001   ---  2014-10-19 16:00:55 E-3G United States USAF | 552ACW [KTIK]   
AE11E7 79-0001   ---  2014-10-19 15:33:26 E-3G United States USAF | 552ACW [KTIK]   

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 18 October 2014 - Btown NC

Here is another round of Mode-S/ADS-B intercepts and selected ATC call signs logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC.

A3BE59 12-3040   ---  2014-10-18 23:52:19 C-146A United States ---   
AE04D8 165830   ---  2014-10-18 21:57:57 C-40A United States USNR | VR-59 [KNFW]   
ADFE66 91-1235   DERBY 72 2014-10-18 20:51:28 C-130H United States KY ANG | 123AW | 165AS [KSDF]   
AE509E 10-80264   ---  2014-10-18 20:33:53 UV-18C United States golden knights   
AE49C3 09-9207   RCH585T 2014-10-18 20:04:18 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]   
AE04AC 99-0103   ---  2014-10-18 19:39:19 UC-35a1 United States USARC | B/2-228 AVN (TA) [KMGE]   
AE07F5 97-0043   SLAM91 2014-10-18 19:37:40 C-17A United States AFRC | 452AMW | 729AS [KRIV]   
ADACC6 N980ST   NRG80 2014-10-18 19:10:38 737-4B3 United States US DEPT OF ENERGY ---  18550    
AE08A4 00-3583   ---  2014-10-18 18:40:25 T-6A United States USAF | 14FTW | 41FTS [KCBM]   
ADFEB5 74-0787   RADIX 29 2014-10-18 18:37:04 E-4B United States USAF | 55WG | 1ACCS [KOFF]   
AE174D 06-3859   ---  2014-10-18 18:35:41 T-6A United States USAF   
AE1104 01-3616   ---  2014-10-18 18:33:45 T-6A United States USAF   
AE1472 07-7180   RCH583T 2014-10-18 18:24:07 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]   
ADFE9A 95-0101   ---  2014-10-18 18:10:21 C-12R+ United States USARMY   
A50BC2 05-0424   50424 2014-10-18 16:50:33 U-28A United States USAF | 1SOW [KHRT]   
AE1EB1 166044   ---  2014-10-18 15:58:08 T-6B United States USN | taw-5 | VT-6   
AE29FC 168205   ---  2014-10-18 15:27:41 UC-12W United States USMC | VMGR-252 [KNKT]   
AE0940 166374   ---  2014-10-18 15:05:31 UC-35D United States VMR DET [KADW]   
AE49C1 09-9205   BASCO72 2014-10-18 07:00:48 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]    
AE4F16 10-0222   BASCO73 2014-10-18 06:59:25 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]    
AE20C5 07-7184   BASCO75 2014-10-18 06:55:44 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]    
AE20C7 07-7186   BASCO76 2014-10-18 06:43:40 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]   
AE2FAA 08-8198   BASCO74 2014-10-18 06:41:09 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]   
ADFD06 95-0058   ---  2014-10-18 02:20:31 T-1A United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS   
ADFCF1 94-0146   ---  2014-10-18 00:58:53 T-1A United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS   

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 16 October 2014 - Btown NC

Here is another round of Mode-S/ADS-B intercepts and selected ATC call signs logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC.

A77AE7 08-0581   ---  2014-10-16 19:45:23 PC-12/45 United States USAF | 1SOW | 319SOS [KHRT] 0000  22000   
ADFCE5 94-0134   ---  2014-10-16 19:43:56 T-1A United States USAF   
ADFFA9 70-1590   ---  2014-10-16 19:39:09 T-38C United States 50thFTS   
AE093A 00-1051   R01051 2014-10-16 19:17:50 UC-35B United States USARC | B/2-228 AVN (TA) [KMGE] 2505  35000   
AE0156 57-1456   REGAL41 2014-10-16 18:54:32 KC-135R United States AFRC | 916ARW | 77ARS [KGSB]   
AE093A 00-1051   R01051 2014-10-16 18:31:29 UC-35B United States USARC | B/2-228 AVN (TA) [KMGE] 2505  35000   
AE4EBE 168440   VVLL822 2014-10-16 18:05:34 P-8A United States USN | VP-30 [KNIP] ---  35000    
AE04E5 59-1478   SODA82 2014-10-16 17:24:38 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]   
AE4D6A 10-0217   RCH549 2014-10-16 17:20:16 C-17A United States USAF | 62AW [KTCM]   
AE0394 64-14832   SODA81 2014-10-16 17:19:43 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]   
ADFCE5 94-0134   ---  2014-10-16 16:20:31 T-1A United States USAF   
ADFD0C 95-0064   ---  2014-10-16 16:20:14 T-1A United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS   
AE016D 84-0075   SPAR391 2014-10-16 16:00:32 C-21A United States USAF | 375AW | 457AS [KADW]   
A77AE7 08-0581   ---  2014-10-16 15:16:09 PC-12/45 United States USAF | 1SOW | 319SOS [KHRT] 0000  22000   
ADFE4C 94-0320/95-0099   ---  2014-10-16 15:12:44 C-12V United States US Army | B/6-52 AVN (TA) DET-1 [KFTK]   
AE0394 64-14832   SODA81 2014-10-16 14:55:46 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]   
AE04E5 59-1478   SODA82 2014-10-16 14:55:45 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]   
AE05DE 87-9281   BISON84 2014-10-16 14:43:32 C-130H United States AFRC | 914AW | 328AS [KIAG]   
AE4EBE 168440   VVLL822 2014-10-16 14:30:43 P-8A United States USN | VP-30 [KNIP] ---  35000    
AE1192 166474   ---  2014-10-16 13:28:26 UC-35D United States USMC | VMR-1 [KNKT]   
AE07C1 63-8017   BOLT33 2014-10-16 02:28:32 KC-135R United States USAF | 97AMW | 55ARS [KLTS] 0000  27000   
AE07C1 63-8017   BOLT33 2014-10-16 01:37:40 KC-135R United States USAF | 97AMW | 55ARS [KLTS] 0000  27000   
AE1490 95-0122   KOMODO4 2014-10-16 01:03:32 E-8C United States GA ANG | 116ACW [KWRB]   
AE0197 84-0137   SPAR389 2014-10-16 00:58:01 C-21A United States USAF | 375AW | 457AS [KADW]   

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 15 October 2014 - Btown NC

Here is another round of Mode-S/ADS-B intercepts and selected ATC call signs logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC.

AE1490 95-0122   KOMODO4 2014-10-15 23:35:32 E-8C United States GA ANG | 116ACW [KWRB]   
AE0169 86-0204   ---  2014-10-15 22:31:52 C-20B United States USAF | 89AW | 99AS [KADW]   
AE0192 84-0125   SPAR488 2014-10-15 21:07:16 C-21A United States CT ANG | 103FW | 118FS [KBDL]   
AE1121 02-3645   ---  2014-10-15 20:01:04 T-6A United States USAF 0000  24025   
AE040F 162784   ---  2014-10-15 19:45:19 E-6B United States USN | SCW-1 [KTIK]    
AE0650 58-0049   MOTOWN2 2014-10-15 18:54:04 KC-135T United States MI ANG | 127WG | 171ARS [KMTC]   
AE1471 07-7179   RCH721 2014-10-15 18:39:23 C-17A United States USAF | 60AMW | 21AS [KSUU]   
AE04F6 58-0069/84-0167   PAT0167 2014-10-15 18:05:25 KC-135T/C-12U United States USAF | 92ARW [KSKA]   
AE04E5 59-1478   SODA81 2014-10-15 16:07:07 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS] 0000  17700   
AE0394 64-14832   SODA82 2014-10-15 16:05:10 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]   
AE2912 6035   C6035 2014-10-15 16:01:10 MH-60J United States USCG | CGAS ASTORIA [KAST]   
ADFE4C 94-0320/95-0099   ---  2014-10-15 15:54:30 C-12V United States US Army | B/6-52 AVN (TA) DET-1 [KFTK]   
AE1121 02-3645   ---  2014-10-15 15:18:51 T-6A United States USAF 0000  24025   
43C009 ZH866   LAC5414 2014-10-15 15:15:44 Hercules C6 United Kingdom RAF | BNTW   
ADFE95 95-0096/95-0088   ---  2014-10-15 15:08:30 C-12R+ United States USARMY   
ADFE67 91-1236   DERBY61 2014-10-15 15:00:17 C-130H United States KY ANG | 123AW | 165AS [KSDF]   
ACB477 N918AV   00000000 2014-10-15 14:37:37 MD-82 United States Orange Air   
AE118A 02-1863   R1863 2014-10-15 14:30:54 C-37A United States US Army    
AE04E5 59-1478   SODA81 2014-10-15 13:28:26 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS] 0000  17700   
ADFE4C 94-0320/95-0099   PAT747 2014-10-15 13:18:44 C-12V United States US Army | B/6-52 AVN (TA) DET-1 [KFTK]   
AE4EB8 168434   00000000 2014-10-15 12:09:03 P-8A United States USN | VP-45 [KNIP]    
ADFDDD 94-7316   RCH476 2014-10-15 11:59:33 C-130H United States AFRC | 302AW | 731AS [KCOS]   
AE0168 86-0203   ---  2014-10-15 11:09:40 C-20B United States USAF | 89AW | 99AS [KADW]
AE1282 62-1863   BEER ME 2014-10-15 03:57:33 HC-130p United States USAF | 563RQG | 79RQS [KDMA]

Interesting Things Afoot at the 224 MI Bn

MC-12W 10-0739 on final to Hunter AAF as SUNNY 22, Photo courtesy of Mac McCormick and the KF4LMT Radio Shack blog, All rights reserved.
Our good friend Mac McCormick posted some interesting observations on his KF4LMT Radio Shack blog regarding a "possible" future hardware/mission change for the 224BN based ar Hunter AAF. Details on his blog at http://kf4lmt.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/interesting-things-afoot-at-the-224-mi-bn/