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Eleventh Air Force

Air Force planes in flight, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, JBER

The Eleventh Air Force provides combat-ready forces for the Commander, Pacific Air Forces; defends Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and key strategic nodes against all threats; deploys service component forces worldwide in response to major regional contingencies; supports vital Pacific air bridge operations for throughput of strategic movement by contingency forces during crisis response; and provides support to federal and state authorities during civil emergencies, search and rescue operations and counternarcotics interdictions. This mission is accomplished largely through the 3rd Wing and 673d Air Base Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the 354th Fighter Wing at Eielson Air Force Base, the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the 36th Wing at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, along with the 611th Air Operations Center and Pacific Air Forces Regional Support Center, also located at JBER.


The 611th AOC consists of three divisions that develop plans, procedures and directives for the employment of Alaskan combat and support forces assigned to PACAF (Pacific Air Forces) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). They maintain air sovereignty and conduct air defense operations for Alaskan NORAD Region (ANR). Additionally, they direct rescue operations and provide tactical support for air and land forces. The Combat Operations Division ensures the execution of air tasking for NORAD and NORTHCOM in support of aerospace warning, aerospace control and the maritime warning missions. They execute these missions through constant monitoring of the operational environment within the Alaska region. They provide regional expertise for the command and control system that supports air sovereignty and air defense missions. The Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division provides all source intelligence to support the AOC’s joint and combined air campaign planning and execution. The division produces timely and operationally tailored all-source global threat warning and assessments supporting PACOM, NORTHCOM and NORAD theater plans and force employment. The Strategy and Plans Division serves as the focal point for all matters related to the operation, planning and execution of the ANR mission. They develop deliberate plans and employment procedures for Alaskan forces assigned to 11 AF, PACAF, NORAD and NORTHCOM supporting Operations Noble Eagle (One) and Northern Sovereignty Operations (NSO). SPD coordinates operations planning with NORAD and tasked supporting units.


The PACAF Regional Support Center, activated Oct. 1, 2013, in place of the 611th Air Support Group, is responsible for the second-largest but most geographically widespread “cumulative base” in PACAF, comprising 1,119 facilities and 37,110 acres valued at more than $5.28 billion. The 21 active installations managed by the PACAF Regional Support Center consists of Eareckson Air Station, King Salmon airport (with collocated radar site), 15 remote Alaska radar sites, three Hawaiian radar sites and Wake Island. In addition to the active installations, the PACAF Regional Support Center also manages 23 inactive sites. PACAF Regional Support Center provides surveillance radars, Arctic infrastructure including airfields, communications and worldwide ready Expeditionary Air Force warriors for homeland defense, decisive force projection and aerospace command and control in Alaska. All of these efforts are achieved through the activities of the 611th Air Support Squadron, 611th Civil Engineer Squadron and 611th Air Communications Squadron, which collectively provide program management, communications, engineering, logistical and environmental support.


The 611th ACOMS serves as the focal point for all command, control, communication and computer (C4) support for ANR and 11 AF. Key functions include theater long-haul communications, radar systems communications, circuit management, network operations and configuration control. Additionally, the unit performs Meteorological Navigational (METNAV) certifications for airfields throughout the theater, as well as Defense Red Switch Network, Communications Security (COMSEC) and frequency spectrum management support. In addition to providing communications planning and programming support to the three O&M contracts, the 611th ACOMS also manages $22 million in communications requirements. The 611th ACOMS also provides direct communications support to the 611th AOC, the 24/7 battle staff crisis action operation center.


The 611th ASUS manages three of PACAF’s largest operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts worth $82 million for Eareckson Air Station, the King Salmon airport, 15 remote radar sites (including the radar located at King Salmon airport) and three radio relay stations. The squadron provides/directs quality assurance for logistics, force protection, services, communications and facility engineering efforts at these 19 remote locations. The 611th ASUS also supports 11 AF logistics planning and contingency operations, directs delivery of 8 million gallons of fuel annually to all remote sites and ensures safe and reliable transportation of more than 5,000 passengers and 2,700 tons of equipment and supplies annually.


The 611th CES provides engineer service functions at all 40 active and inactive sites throughout Alaska. The 611th CES assures environmental compliance within 59,000 square miles of military operations air space and provides, as a command resource, specialized capability in aircraft hangar door maintenance and repair; asbestos and lead abatement; depot overhaul and certification of emergency power engine-generator sets and aircraft arresting systems; construction of Super K-Span facilities; and crane and hoist repair and certification. The 611th CES provides facility support to the three O&M contracts and also manages $61.8 million in facility requirements.


Detachment 1, Pacific Air Forces Regional Support Center was added Oct. 1, 2010, when the former 611th Air Support Group assumed responsibility for Wake Island Airfield from the 15th Wing. Detachment 1, PRSC is responsible for oversight of the daily operations on the airfield, located approximately 2,000 nautical miles west of Hawaii. Wake Island Airfield is a vital aircraft refueling and emergency divert location. The island also supports Missile Defense Agency testing.

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