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Air Force Vice Chief of Staff visits 53rd Wing

Vice Chief of Staff tours 53rd Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida

Col. David Abba, 53rd Wing commander, and Chief Master Sergeant Kathy McCool, 53rd Wing command chief, thank Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson for visiting the 53rd Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 8, 2019. During the visit Wilson toured the 53rd Electronic Warfare facilities to gain a better understanding of EW readiness. The 53rd Electronic Warfare Group has 28 labs that replicate the hardware for over 30 weapon systems where all EW reprogramming for Combat Air Force aircraft takes place. The 53rd Wing has 74 units in 23 locations responsible for fighter, bomber, space and remotely piloted air vehicle operational testing and evaluation, and tactics development and evaluation in the areas of electronic combat, armament, avionics and aircrew training devices. (U.S. Air Force /Maj. Ashley Conner)

Vice Chief of Staff tours 53rd Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida

Lt. Col. Andrew Congdon, 513th Electronic Warfare Squadron commander, greets Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson during his tour of the 53rd Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 8, 2019. Congdon briefed Wilson on fifth generation and F-35 Electronic Warfare mission data needs and the future of F-35 reprogramming. The 513th EWS provides mission data for U.S. F-35s . (U.S. Air Force/Maj. Ashley Conner)

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson visits the 53rd Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 8, 2019.

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson coins Airman 1 st Class Taylin Dobbs during his visit to the 53rd Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 8, 2019. Dobbs distinguished herself by reviewing over 2,000 flight and training records for 41 pilots across five squadrons in support of the largest Joint Force Development Evaluation exercise in unit history. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Maj. Ashley Conner)

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson visits the 53rd Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 8, 2019.

Col. David Abba, 53rd Wing commander, gives Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson a mission brief at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 8, 2019. During the visit Wilson toured the 53rd Electronic Warfare facilities to gain a better understanding of EW readiness. The 53rd Electronic Warfare Group has 28 labs that replicate the hardware for over 30 weapon systems where EW reprogramming for all Combat Air Force aircraft takes place. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Maj. Ashley Conner)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --