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  • Virtual JSTARS: Training enters virtual reality

    Virtual reality is coming to the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft in a collaboration with the 116th Air Control Wing and the 461st Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. A VR Maintenance and Operations Training Program has been created to supplement training and enhance mission effectiveness for Team JSTARS members.
  • End of an Era: JSTARS flies last sortie out of CENTCOM

    An 18-year long deployment of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, and the second longest deployment in U.S. Air Force history, came to an end Oct. 1, 2019. Just before sunrise, Col. Konata Crumbly, 116th Air Control Wing commander and Joint STARS aircraft commander, pulled back the flight controls and lifted the aircraft from the runway on the last Joint STARS sortie leaving Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, marking the end of an era.
  • University students help JSTARS innovate scheduling

    Team JSTARS, operators of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, are teaming up with Mercer University’s computer science department in Macon to advance an antiquated software system. The goal is to make the multiple databases the unit uses for scheduling missions and flying operations seamless.
  • Robins begins JSTARS depot maintenance

    The Air Force initiated its own depot maintenance here for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft July 17, 2018, to deliver more aircraft faster, leading to increased readiness for warfighters. Officials with the JSTARS program office at Robins AFB want to increase the number of aircraft available for operations and training as the service transitions to the Advanced Battle Management System, a capability that will fuse global air and space intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance information.
  • Accident Investigation Board determines maintenance error damaged JSTARS aircraft

    Drain holes in the radome of an E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft were left covered after depot maintenance allowing water to accumulate and damage some of the aircraft's electrical systems, according to a recently released Air Force Materiel Command Accident Investigation Board report. AFMC administered the
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