53rd Air Traffic Control Squadron continues mission in spite of pandemic
53rd Air Traffic Control Squadron
/ Published June 15, 2020
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --
The 53rd Air Traffic Control Squadron, a unique unit assigned to the 461st Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, tackled the COVID-19 pandemic head on while maintaining its wartime mission, building resiliency, and educating Air Education and Training Command pipeline trainees.
The mission of the 53rd ATCS is to provide Deployable Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems when combatant commanders need to establish a new airfield/bare base, project power into contested areas, or supplement existing air traffic control systems.
Operating under Health Protection Condition CHARLIE proved challenging at first, but the 53rd ATCS rapidly adapted with innovative means to keep systems operational while social distancing, keeping classes running with personal protective equipment, and sparking resiliency with squadron team events via livestream.