177th Fighter Wing undergoes Fighter Alert Force Evaluation

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  • By Senior Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley
  • 177th Fighter Wing

The 177th Fighter Wing again demonstrated its commitment to excellence during a recent Fighter Alert Force Evaluation, conducted by North American Aerospace Defense Command Inspector General and Air Combat Command inspectors Jan. 23 -24, 2019 at the Atlantic City Air Guard Base, N.J.

The 177th performed well, as the flying operations, maintenance, security forces and command post functions were put through an all-encompassing review.

”I’m extremely impressed with the Wing’s performance at the no-fail homeland defense mission,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Bradford Everman, wing commander of the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing. “Our Aerospace Control Alert team members have continuously demonstrated their dedicated service to the NORAD mission of defending the air sovereignty of North America, robust and ready, 24 hrs. a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”

The FAFE no-notice inspection was preceded by an Air Force operational assessment conducted by 1st Air Force, out of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

“We welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate our capability to respond rapidly to any number of possible scenarios without any pre-planning,” said Lt. Col Philip Stein, commander of the 177th Aerospace Control Alert team. “We executed our tasking and were pleased with our performance and results.”

The command post, part of the 24-hour function of the mission, received positive feedback for an innovative practice for training unit members on reporting procedures.

“I’m proud of our team members and their execution of the mission,” said Master Sgt. Justin Kelley, non-commissioned officer in charge of command and control operations. “I didn’t expect anything less. We performed to the same high standards that we are held to on any other day of the year.”

The 177th Fighter Wing is an ACA-trained unit and has the capacity to be designated an active alert unit at any given time to support NORAD’s no-fail 24-7 mission of defending the skies over North America.