Thursday, January 23, 2020

U.S. Strategic Command Conducts Exercise Global Lightning

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) commenced Exercise Global Lightning 2020 today, an annual command post and battle staff exercise designed to train Department of Defense forces and assess joint operational readiness across all of USSTRATCOM's mission areas.
The exercise provides training opportunities for USSTRATCOM headquarters staff and components participating in this exercise to integrate and synchronize efforts across several combatant commands. Global Lightning 20 is part of the Joint Staffs Globally-Integrated Exercise 20-2, U.S. Cyber Command's Exercise Cyber Lightning 2020, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command's Exercise Vigilant Shield 2020, U.S. Transportation Command's Exercise Turbo Challenge and a U.S. Space Command exercise.
Global Lightning also involves allied personnel from a variety of nations, including permanently assigned foreign liaison officers to USSTRATCOM from Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. Allied personnel integrate into senior leadership teams and work across a broad spectrum of areas, offering legal, public affairs and policy support, as well as operational insight.
USSTRATCOM has global responsibilities assigned through the Unified Command Plan that include strategic deterrence, nuclear operations, joint electromagnetic spectrum operations, global strike, missile defense, and analysis and targeting.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Charleston Reserve Squadrons get unique call signs

Sometimes what is old and missed is new again. I caught this bit of intel during a morning update run on my military/government call sign book via Google.


Charleston Reserve Squadrons get unique call signs
By Michael Dukes, 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs / Published May 03, 2016

An aircrew from the 300th Airlift Squadron sport their flight suit morale tabs in front of their C-17 Globemaster III before performing the squadron's first flight using their newly approved call sign Primus. Bronze, Prime and Turtle – these are the new call signs now used by Reserve aircrews assigned to the 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Dukes)

An aircrew from the 300th Airlift Squadron sport their flight suit morale tabs in front of their C-17 Globemaster III before performing the squadron's first flight using their newly approved call sign Primus. Bronze, Prime, and Turtle – these are the new call signs now used by Reserve aircrews assigned to the 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Dukes)

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Bronze, Prime, and Turtle – these are the new call signs now used by Reserve aircrews assigned to the 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina.

Operations officers from the 300th, 317th and 701st Airlift Squadrons agree that having unique call signs adds to unit pride and morale.

“The Turtles have always had a very big esprit de corps, and with our long history it was natural that our call sign reflect our heritage,” said Lt. Col. Keith Moore, 701st Airlift Squadron operations officer. The 701st AS was the first of the 315 AW’s flying squadrons to make the move from Grits.

Moore said the call sign change started with their previous squadron commander Col. Tom McNamara in early 2015 and the Turtles started using their new call sign June 2015.

“Our call sign, Bronze, refers to our unofficial motto of ‘Go for the bronze,’” said Lt. Col. Mark Pool, 300th AS operations officer. “We perform like a gold medalist, but are happy with the bronze. We like to keep things low key.”

Air Force Reserve Command approved the new 300th AS call earlier this year.

Lt. Col. Rick Davis, 317th AS operations officer, said his squadron is very proud of its new call sign Prime.

The first Prime aircrew made a big to do for their first flight under the new call sign on April 19. Members of the 317th AS were so enthusiastic about their new call sign that they wanted to go the extra mile to show their pride. The squadron had Prime t-shirts and morale tab patches made.

“During A-phase, our senior staff weeded through the suggestions our squadron came up with,” Davis said.

“Our motto is ‘First in reserve,’” Davis added. “Our call sign comes from the word primus in Latin which means first.” And it’s no coincidence that, like their motto and call sign, the 317th AS was the “first” squadron to operate the C-17 back in the early 1990s and the first to fight and activate in the Global War on Terrorism.

Prior to about a year ago all three of the Joint Base Charleston Reserve flying squadrons usually used the wing call sign Grits when flying within the United States. When flying outside the country they go by Reach.

When performing airdrops they use Moose. The C-17 is sometimes called the moose because when it is fueled on the ground it makes what some Airmen call a bellowing sound like a moose as the fuel tanks are vented.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 17-19 Jan 2020 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order.

AE2EEA 166109 RN109 2020-01-19 22:57:27 T-6B United States -  --- 4675
AE26A6 6580 CG6580 2020-01-19 22:00:27 MH-65D United States USCG |  --- ---
AE26A6 6580 --- 2020-01-19 22:00:27 MH-65D United States USCG |  --- ---
AE1199 03-3116 RCH298 2020-01-19 22:00:27 C-17A United States MS ANG | 172AW | 183AS [KJAN]  --- ---
AE1199 03-3116 --- 2020-01-19 22:00:27 C-17A United States MS ANG | 172AW | 183AS [KJAN]  --- ---
AE0372 60-0367 SPUR84 2020-01-19 21:57:27 KC-135R United States OH ANG | 121ARW [KLCK]  6524 22000
AE0372 60-0367 --- 2020-01-19 21:57:27 KC-135R United States OH ANG | 121ARW [KLCK]  6524 22000
AE5718 168980 CNV4721 2020-01-19 15:00:23 C-40A United States USNR | VR-61 [KNUW]  --- ---
AE119C 03-3119/ 03-312 --- 2020-01-19 08:39:18 C-17A United States USAF | 305AMW | 6AS [KWRI]  --- 30000
AE20C6 07-7185 RCH140 2020-01-19 07:39:15 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]  3370 31000
AE20C6 07-7185 --- 2020-01-19 07:39:15 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]  3370 31000


AE4F13 10-0219 RCH340 2020-01-18 21:15:07 C-17A United States USAF | 62AW [KTCM]  --- 31000
AE4F13 10-0219 --- 2020-01-18 21:15:07 C-17A United States USAF | 62AW [KTCM]  --- 31000
AE0197 84-0137 SPAR868 2020-01-18 20:27:07 C-21A United States USAF | 375AW | 457AS [KADW]  --- 36975
AE0197 84-0137 --- 2020-01-18 20:24:08 C-21A United States USAF | 375AW | 457AS [KADW]  --- 36975
AE0159 57-1512 --- 2020-01-18 10:27:04 KC-135R United States AFRC | 459ARW | 756ARS [KADW]
AE01A4 86-0377 SPAR988 2020-01-18 07:27:05 C-21A United States CO ANG | 140WG | 200AS [KCOS]
AE5F09 16-5851 --- 2020-01-18 01:54:05 C-130J-30 United States USAF | 19AW [KLRF]
AE1BF0 07-4637 PUMA91 2020-01-18 01:54:05 C-130J-30 United States USAF | 19AW [KLRF]
AE1BF0 07-4637 --- 2020-01-18 01:54:05 C-130J-30 United States USAF | 19AW [KLRF]
AE20C9 07-7188 IMPAC72 2020-01-18 00:27:05 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]
AE20C9 07-7188 --- 2020-01-18 00:24:06 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]
A0D911 10-0102 --- 2020-01-18 00:06:04 T-53A United States -


ADFFA4 70-1567 --- 2020-01-17 22:36:06 T-38C United States USAF | 14FTW | 50FTS [KCBM]
AE07F5 97-0043 --- 2020-01-17 21:51:05 C-17A United States AFRC | 452AMW | 729AS [KRIV]
AE0433 02-5001 --- 2020-01-17 19:39:03 C-32B United States USAF | 486FLTS [KVPS]
ADFC89 91-0101 --- 2020-01-17 19:36:06 T-1A Jayhawk United States USAF | 479FTG | 451FTS [KNPA]
43C04E ZZ175 RRR6668 2020-01-17 18:54:04 C-17A United Kingdom RAF | 99 Sqn [EGVN]
AE143F 05-1465 OCEAN55 2020-01-17 18:42:05 C-130J-30 United States CA ANG | 146AW | 115AS [KNTD]
ADFC6F 90-0413 --- 2020-01-17 18:33:11 T-1A Jayhawk United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS [KCBM]
AE0596 59-1460 --- 2020-01-17 17:03:04 KC-135T United States PA ANG | 171ARW [KPIT]
AE08FC 84-24379 WING77 2020-01-17 16:15:04 C-12R United States USARC | A/2-228 AVN (TA) [KWRI ]
AE08FC 84-24379 --- 2020-01-17 16:12:07 C-12R United States USARC | A/2-228 AVN (TA) [KWRI ]
AE04E5 59-1478 SODA82 2020-01-17 15:54:05 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]
AE07DE 93-0604 RCH405 2020-01-17 15:51:06 C-17A United States AFRC | 445AW | 89AS [KFFO]
AE07DE 93-0604 --- 2020-01-17 15:51:06 C-17A United States AFRC | 445AW | 89AS [KFFO]
AE04E5 59-1478 --- 2020-01-17 15:51:06 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]
AE1491 95-0121 PHENOM6 2020-01-17 15:21:05 E-8C United States GA ANG | 116ACW [KWRB]
AE5F3A 169545 VVLL895 2020-01-17 01:33:33 P-8A United States USN | VP-30 [KNIP]  3072 27025
AE4E1B 11-5733 HYTEK15 2020-01-17 01:21:02 MC-130J United States USAF | 27SOW | 522SOS [KCVS]  --- 9975
AE4E1B 11-5733 --- 2020-01-17 01:21:02 MC-130J United States USAF | 27SOW | 522SOS [KCVS]  --- 9975

Friday, January 17, 2020

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 16 Jan 2020 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order.

AE5C67 169341 00000000 2020-01-16 23:39:31 P-8A United States USN | VP-8 [KNIP]  --- 18600
AE686D various --- 2020-01-16 23:36:31 P-8A United States USN | 
AE1157 165997 KATT28 2020-01-16 22:39:31 T-6A United States USN | TW-6 [KNPA]  --- 22025
AE1157 165997 --- 2020-01-16 22:36:31 T-6A United States USN | TW-6 [KNPA]  --- 22025
AE1ECF 166074 --- 2020-01-16 22:24:31 T-6B United States USNavy 
AE11E7 79-0001 SNTRY06 2020-01-16 22:21:30 E-3G United States USAF | 552ACW [KTIK] 
AE11E7 79-0001 --- 2020-01-16 22:18:30 E-3G United States USAF | 552ACW [KTIK] 
AE0414 164387 MAYO91 2020-01-16 22:03:30 E-6B United States USN | SCW-1 [KTIK] 
AE0414 164387 --- 2020-01-16 22:03:30 E-6B United States USN | SCW-1 [KTIK] 
A2C7EF N279AD --- 2020-01-16 19:36:28 Boeing 737 4Q8 United States United States Marshals Service 
AE6043 169533 OTIS38 2020-01-16 18:36:28 KC-130J United States USMC | VMGR-252 [KNKT]  --- 20000
AE6043 169533 --- 2020-01-16 18:36:28 KC-130J United States USMC | VMGR-252 [KNKT]  --- 20000
AE574F 15-46009 --- 2020-01-16 18:36:28 KC-46A United States USAF | 22ARW [KIAB]  --- 26975
A5085E N423SK --- 2020-01-16 18:36:28 Lockheed P-3AM Orion United States CBP 
ADFE7C 92-3283 VIKNG83 2020-01-16 18:21:27 C-130H United States AFRC | 934AW | 96AS [KMSP]  --- 26900
AE574F 15-46009 MDUSA55 2020-01-16 17:42:27 KC-46A United States USAF | 22ARW [KIAB]  --- 26975
AE0372 60-0367 SPUR84 2020-01-16 17:12:31 KC-135R United States OH ANG | 121ARW [KLCK]  --- 35975
AE5F37 169542 PIONR55 2020-01-16 17:06:26 P-8A United States USN | VX-1 [KNHK] 
AE5F37 169542 --- 2020-01-16 17:03:26 P-8A United States USN | VX-1 [KNHK] 
AE144A 05-5140 RCH221 2020-01-16 01:24:14 C-17A United States AFRC | 452AMW | 729AS [KRIV] 
AE144A 05-5140 --- 2020-01-16 01:24:14 C-17A United States AFRC | 452AMW | 729AS [KRIV] 
AE04ED 63-8035 RCH598 2020-01-16 00:45:32 KC-135R United States AL ANG | 117ARW | 106ARS [KBHM] 
AE06E4 163836 FOX921 2020-01-16 00:06:13 UC-12M United States USMC | H&HS [KNBC]  --- 23000

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 14-15 Jan 2020 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order.

AE04BE 58-0106 DIXIE31 2020-01-15 23:54:14 KC-135R United States AL ANG | 117ARW | 106ARS [KBHM]
AE04BE 58-0106 --- 2020-01-15 23:45:31 KC-135R United States AL ANG | 117ARW | 106ARS [KBHM]
AE093D 01-0301 AZAZ09O9 2020-01-15 23:12:31 UC-35a1 United States US Army | OSACOM PATD [KADW]  --- 40225
A18143 N1963N N1963N 2020-01-15 22:45:30 G450 United States Water Force One LLC  --- 23950
AE057A 87-0029 RCH597 2020-01-15 21:42:31 C-5M United States USAF | 60AMW [KSUU]  --- 39025
AE057A 87-0029 --- 2020-01-15 21:39:11 C-5M United States USAF | 60AMW [KSUU]  --- 39025
AE11F6 01-0041 SAM911 2020-01-15 20:12:31 C-40B United States USAF | 89AW | 1AS [KADW]
AE11F6 01-0041 --- 2020-01-15 20:12:31 C-40B United States USAF | 89AW | 1AS [KADW]
AE5B6F 05-0419 DRAGN53 2020-01-15 19:18:10 U-28A United States ---
AE5B6F 05-0419 --- 2020-01-15 19:15:09 U-28A United States ---
AE03FC 84-0176 PAT762 2020-01-15 18:27:09 C-12U United States USARMY  --- 19175
AE03FC 84-0176 --- 2020-01-15 18:27:09 C-12U United States USARMY  --- 19175
AE4AEC *9-0018 --- 2020-01-15 16:36:08 C-32A United States USAF|89AW [KADW]
AE0227 86-0028 HOIST91 2020-01-15 16:24:32 KC-10A United States USAF | 305AMW [KWRI]  3131 25025
AE0227 86-0028 --- 2020-01-15 16:24:32 KC-10A United States USAF | 305AMW [KWRI]  3131 25025

AE123F 04-4134 RCH111T 2020-01-14 08:24:07 C-17A United States USAF | 305AMW | 6AS [KWRI]  --- 34975
AE123F 04-4134 --- 2020-01-14 08:21:30 C-17A United States USAF | 305AMW | 6AS [KWRI]  --- 34975
AE2652 167927 SUMO42 2020-01-14 01:48:07 KC-130J United States USMC | VMGR-152 [RJOI]
AE2652 167927 --- 2020-01-14 01:42:30 KC-130J United States USMC | VMGR-152 [RJOI]
AE0230 87-0117 --- 2020-01-14 01:18:05 KC-10A United States USAF | 60AMW [KSUU]
AE67CB various RIDER56 2020-01-14 00:06:30 P-8A United States USN |
AE67CB various --- 2020-01-14 00:03:30 P-8A United States USN |

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 13 Jan 2020 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order.

ADFCF4 95-0040 --- 2020-01-13 23:48:30 T-1A Jayhawk United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS 
ADFCEC 94-0141 --- 2020-01-13 23:33:30 T-1A Jayhawk United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS 
AE5C58 169326 00000000 2020-01-13 23:15:30 P-8A United States USN | VP-30 [KNIP]  --- 13700
AE5C58 169326 --- 2020-01-13 23:12:34 P-8A United States USN | VP-30 [KNIP]  --- 13700
AE145E 06-6160 RCH6160 2020-01-13 21:21:05 C-17A United States USAF | 60AMW | 21AS [KSUU]  3661 34000
AE145E 06-6160 --- 2020-01-13 21:21:05 C-17A United States USAF | 60AMW | 21AS [KSUU]  3661 34000
ADFE4C 94-0320/95-0099 PAT0099 2020-01-13 21:09:30 C-12V United States US Army | B/6-52 AVN (TA) DET-1 [KFTK] 
ADFE4C 94-0320/95-0099 --- 2020-01-13 21:09:30 C-12V United States US Army | B/6-52 AVN (TA) DET-1 [KFTK] 
AE4AEA 09-0017 --- 2020-01-13 21:03:05 C-32A United States USAF | 89AW | 1AS [KADW] 
AE08FC 84-24379 --- 2020-01-13 21:00:30 C-12R United States USARC | A/2-228 AVN (TA) [KWRI ]  --- 20950
AE016D 84-0075 --- 2020-01-13 20:18:34 C-21A United States USAF | 375AW | 457AS [KADW] 
AE29FC 168205 EASY05 2020-01-13 19:24:33 UC-12W United States USMC | VMR-4 [KNBG]  --- 26000
AE093C 00-1053 AZAZ0909 2020-01-13 19:24:33 UC-35a1 United States US Army | OSACOM PATD [KADW]  --- 40000
AE29FC 168205 --- 2020-01-13 19:21:34 UC-12W United States USMC | VMR-4 [KNBG]  --- 26000
AE093C 00-1053 --- 2020-01-13 19:21:34 UC-35a1 United States US Army | OSACOM PATD [KADW]  --- 40000
AE0581 87-0036 RCH190 2020-01-13 19:03:33 C-5M United States USAF | 436AW | 9AS [KDOV]  --- 28000
AE1448 04-4138 RCH257 2020-01-13 17:24:31 C-17A United States AFRC | 452AMW | 729AS [KRIV]  7070 34025
A2C7EF N279AD DOJ143 2020-01-13 16:57:32 Boeing 737 4Q8 United States United States Marshals Service  --- 31200
A2C7EF N279AD --- 2020-01-13 16:57:32 Boeing 737 4Q8 United States United States Marshals Service  --- 31200
AE0414 164387 STIR73 2020-01-13 16:48:30 E-6B United States USN | SCW-1 [KTIK] 
AE0414 164387 --- 2020-01-13 16:45:29 E-6B United States USN | SCW-1 [KTIK] 
AE5772 10-00256 R00256 2020-01-13 16:15:31 C-12V United States -  6632 21000
ADFE8D 95-0088/95-0096 R50088 2020-01-13 15:51:29 C-12R+ United States USARMY  6716 21000
AE08FD 84-24380 WING75 2020-01-13 15:36:31 C-12U United States USARC | A/2-228 AVN (TA) [KWRI ]  --- 19025
AE08FD 84-24380 --- 2020-01-13 15:33:31 C-12U United States USARC | A/2-228 AVN (TA) [KWRI ]  --- 19025
AE08FC 84-24379 WIMG98 2020-01-13 15:33:31 C-12R United States USARC | A/2-228 AVN (TA) [KWRI ]  --- 20950
AE1BEF 07-4636 RCH701 2020-01-13 15:21:32 C-130J-30 United States USAF | 19AW [KLRF]  --- 27000
AE08FB 84-24378 --- 2020-01-13 15:21:32 C-12R United States USARMY  --- 24975
AE08FB 84-24378 PAT775 2020-01-13 14:54:28 C-12R United States USARMY  --- 24975
AE012E 97-0104 PAT104 2020-01-13 14:30:31 UC-35A United States -  5646 40000
AE012E 97-0104 --- 2020-01-13 14:27:31 UC-35A United States -  5646 40000
AE07F9 97-0047 --- 2020-01-13 08:57:30 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS] 
AE54B3 10-0223 RCH814 2020-01-13 02:36:18 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]  --- 35000

Monday, January 13, 2020

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 11-12 Jan 2020 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order.

AE0414 164387 AMBIT55 2020-01-12 16:39:30 E-6B United States USN | SCW-1 [KTIK] 
AE0414 164387 --- 2020-01-12 16:39:30 E-6B United States USN | SCW-1 [KTIK] 
AE07D0 89-1192 PRIME25 2020-01-12 16:21:51 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS] 
AE07D0 89-1192 --- 2020-01-12 16:12:33 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS] 
AE08BE 00-0184 SLAM92 2020-01-12 15:51:40 C-17A United States AFRC | 911AW | 758AS [KPIT] 
AE08BE 00-0184 --- 2020-01-12 15:48:43 C-17A United States AFRC | 911AW | 758AS [KPIT] 
AE123F 04-4134 RCH111T 2020-01-12 15:33:10 C-17A United States USAF | 305AMW | 6AS [KWRI]  5624 32000

AE0808 99-0062 RCH617 2020-01-11 21:12:06 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]  --- 34000
AE0808 99-0062 --- 2020-01-11 21:12:06 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]  --- 34000
AE5718 168980 CNV4163 2020-01-11 14:42:31 C-40A United States USNR | VR-61 [KNUW] 
AE1234 03-3123 RCH309 2020-01-11 09:36:08 C-17A United States WV ANG | 167AW | 167AS [KMRB] 
AE1234 03-3123 --- 2020-01-11 09:33:04 C-17A United States WV ANG | 167AW | 167AS [KMRB]