Elmendorf JSS ROCC

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Elmendorf JSS ROCC (1983-Active) - A Cold War JSS System Regional Operations Control Center first established in 1983 on Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Borough of Anchorage, Alaska. Now an active NORAD Regional Air Operations Center (RAOC) center.

Royal Canadian Air Force Capt. Dave Gosselin, 176th Air Defense Squadron senior director, tracks aircraft in Alaska air space from the Alaskan NORAD Region Regional Air Operations Center at Elmendorf AFB.

Elmendorf JSS ROCC

Ground was broken 13 Jun 1980 and the JSS facility was completed in 1982. The FYQ-93 was installed and operational on 14 Jun 1983 (IOC) and fully operational on 15 Sep 1983 as the Elmendorf JSS Regional Operations Control Center (ROCC). The manual NORAD control center had ceased operations on 22 Apr 1983 and control was temporally switched to a manual control center at Murphy Dome Air Force Station.

The activation of the ROCC made possible the removal of radar operations personnel from some 15 remote radar sites. The change-out of older radar sets with the minimally attended FPS-117 radar sets allowed the removal of most support and maintenance personnel. Maintenance of the radar sites was then contracted out to a civilian firm.


Elmendorf JSS Command Center Evolution (edit list)
Operator Comand Acronym Sector From To Notes
744th ACWS TAC/ADTAC ROCC AADS 1983-09-15 1986-10-01 ROCC Established
744th ACWS TAC SOCC AADS 1986-10-01 1989-00-00
744th ACWS TAC SOCC AADS 1989-00-00 1992-10-01
744th ACWS TAC SOCC AADS 1992-10-01 1994-07-01
611th ACS 611th AOG SOCC AADS 1994-07-01 2001-00-00
611th ACS 611th AOG SOCC AADS 2001-00-00 2004-10-01 Transition period
176th ACS (ANG) 176th WG (ANG) RAOC AADS 2004-10-01 2006-00-00
176th ACS (ANG) 176th WG (ANG) RAOC AADS 2006-00-00 2013-09-00 BCS-F System
Implemented
176th ADS (ANG) 176th WG (ANG) RAOC AADS 2013-09-00 Present
ROCC = Regional Operations Control Center
SOCC = Sector Operations Control Center
SAOC = Sector Air Operations Center
RAOC = Regional Air Operations Center
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* 176th ADS Unit History

Elmendorf JSS SOCC

On 1 Oct 1986 the name and acronym for the control center changed from Regional Operations Control Center (ROCC) to Sector Operations Control Center (SOCC). The controlled area was identified as the Alaskan Air Defense Sector (AADS).

Elmendorf JSS SAOC

The Elmendorf JSS Sector Operations Control Center remained operational manned by the Alaska Air National Guard, using the FYQ-93 computers, until the Battle Control System-Fixed (BCS-F) (FYQ-156) system was installed circa 2006. About this time the name and acronym for the control center changed from Sector Operations Control Center (SOCC) to Regional Air Operations Center (RAOC).

Current Status

Royal Canadian Air Force Capt. Christopher Schenk, an air weapons officer in the Alaskan NORAD Region Regional Air Operations Center (RAOC)

The RAOC is currently a component of the Alaska NORAD Region (ANR) and is operated by active Alaska Air National Guard members, Canadian servicemembers, and active duty augmentees.

Inputs to the command center include digitized radar data from some 15 remote FPS-117 minimally attended radar sites, 3 remote air-ground radio sites and other sensors. Data is exchanged with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Location: Borough of Anchorage, Anchorage, Borough of Anchorage, Alaska.

Maps & Images

Lat: 61.24416 Long: -149.81139

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