Abstract: An overview of the Joint STARS platform and the Air Dominance Center. The Air Dominance Centeroperates out of Savannah Air National Guard Base. Located in Savannah, Georgia, the missions of the Air Dominance Center include Air Mobility, Air Support Operations, Command and Control, Individual Training, and Tactical Air Control.
COL Thomas Grabowski and COL Emmanuel Haldopoulos are this month's speakers. COL Grabowski is the commander of the 116th Air Control Wing, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. He is responsible for the worldwide employment of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System. The wing trains, mobilizes and deploys combat mission ready aircraft, aircrews and support personnel to designated theaters of operation and conducts sustained operations providing uninterrupted command, control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of the Joint Force Air Component Commander. Col. Grabowski joined the Georgia Air National Guard in 1985 as an enlisted telecommunications specialist. He was later commissioned as a communications officer through the Academy of Military Science in 1994. He earned his air battle manager aeronautical rating at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida in April 2002. His aviation career includes more than 2700 flying hours; including more than 1,700 combat hours in the E-8C Joint STARS supporting Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. He was named the 116th Air Control Wing Air Weapons Officer of the Year in 2005 and the 116th Air Control Wing Mission Crew Commander of the Year in 2007. Col. Grabowski was also the mission crew commander of Air Combat Command’s Air Battle Management Crew of the Year for 2007.
Colonel Emmanuel I. Haldopoulos is the commander of The Air Dominance Center (ADC), Georgia Air National Guard at Savannah International Airport, Georgia. The center, designated as a Joint National Training Capability certified site, provides participants an effective force integration training and exercise venue, in a distinctive cross domain environment, that ensures global air dominance. The vast, fully instrumented, over-water special use airspace, classified briefing areas and airfield facilities are used to host multiple combat aircraft units and support entities quarterly for fighter integration and dissimilar aircraft combat training large force exercises. Additionally, the ADC trains active and reserve component specialists worldwide on Theatre Deployable Communications capabilities at a formal training detachment located on the grounds of the center. Many times annually, the ADC hosts national level conferences and training events supporting both the federal and state missions of the Air National Guard and Department of Defense entities. Under his vision and direction, Col Haldopoulos is responsible for all aspects of the training delivered at the ADC for the more than 7000 warfighters assigned their temporarily through the year.