Robins welcomes new mission partner with stand-up ceremony today

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  • By Jenny Gordon
  • Robins Public Affairs
The 605th Test & Evaluation Squadron, Detachment 2, has made a new home at Robins. 

A stand-up ceremony is being conducted today followed by a change of command ceremony. 

Lt. Col. Mark Buchholz will relinquish command of the detachment to Lt. Col. Kevin Cuartas at 1 p.m. today in Bldg. 2336. 

The 605th TES, which will include 24 personnel, is the Command and Control and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance test manager for the 505th Command and Control Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla. 

Its mission is to conduct C2ISR operational tests on  the E-8C's Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, based at Robins, as well as the Airborne Warning and Control System, Air Operations Center, Control and Reporting Center and other ISR weapon systems. 

They are tasked to develop and evaluate tactics that optimize an aircraft's combat capabilities and familiarize operational units with test results. 

Relocating from Melbourne, Fla., Detachment 2, one of several 605th TES units, specifically provides operational testing and evaluation on the JSTARS mission, flight and maintenance systems.

These operational tests are a vetting process for new Air Force acquisitions in Air Combat Command as well as upgrades to existing programs.