What would you say you do here, 606th?

Lt. Col. Jason Zemler, 606th Air Control Squadron commander, leads 300 Airmen from 23 career fields in his squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The men and women of his squadron provide battle management command and control for multiple missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Brooks)

Lt. Col. Jason Zemler, 606th Air Control Squadron commander, leads 300 Airmen from 23 career fields in his squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The men and women of his squadron provide battle management command and control for multiple missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Brooks)

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy --

Who you with?!
606.
What’s your role?!
Air Control.

I’m sure you’ve heard this at a wing ceremony yet, you still might wonder what the 606th Air Control Squadron does. If this is you, please allow me to brag on the uniqueness and successes of the men and women in the 606th ACS.

The 606th ACS, call sign “Primo,” is one of three Air Force active duty air control squadrons executing with the control and reporting center major weapons system. Perhaps our largest attribute is our ability to be a self-sustaining squadron. The 606th ACS is comprised of 300 Airmen from 23 career fields, supporting the mission to answer our nation’s call for rapid, deployable, persistent tactical command and control.

The squadron functions as a mini group with three directorates focused on specific roles to collectively execute the mission. The operations directorate includes approximately 95 officer and enlisted operators who provide battle management command and control for the myriad of missions the Air Force executes. These missions include offensive counter air, defensive counter air, aerial refueling, dynamic targeting, aerial interdiction and more.

Another directorate within the 606th ACS is communications and maintenance. This is the largest directorate, comprised of 180 officer and enlisted experts from various cyber specialties. It is the heartbeat within the squadron, enabling the squadron to provide mobile tactical command and control anywhere in the world through daily operational equipment maintenance and functionality.

The smallest 606th ACS directorate is mission support. Mission support includes 50 officer and enlisted experts who truly allow the squadron to be mobile. Vehicle maintainers operate a fleet of vehicles; power production and HVAC experts keep equipment functioning; and medical experts keep Airmen healthy.

Altogether, the three directorates form a cohesive team that afford the 606th ACS and combatant commanders the ability to provide battle management command and control anytime, anywhere.

The 606th ACS is highly deployable, supporting rotational commitments within the U.S. Air Forces Central region, while also preserving an ability to support operations in Europe and Africa. As the commander of such a unique organization, I am amazed by the daily cohesion, proficiency, and professionalism exhibited by every Airman within the squadron. Of note, the 606th ACS completed its transition from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to Aviano, Italy, in April 2017.

Thank you to all of the 31st Fighter Wing organizations for supporting our Primo Warriors during the transition. We look forward to continuing the proud heritage of the 31st FW and contributing to the wing mission – deter, defend and develop.

Who you with?