755th Operations Support Squadron earns Air Force unit award

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  • By Kendra Williams
  • 55th Wing Public Affairs

The 755th Operations Support Squadron, a geographically separated unit of the 55th Wing headquartered at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, earned the 2021 Air Force Outstanding Electromagnetic Warfare Unit of the Year award.

“It is always a good thing to win at any level,” said Lt. Col. Kabir Rao, 755th OSS commander. “However, when one gets a win at this level, it is an awesome feeling to know that the hard work of the 755 OSS's Airmen is recognized and appreciated at the highest level of our Air Force.”

The 755th OSS supports the 55th Electronic Combat Group’s worldwide combat missions and contingency taskings. The squadron directs operational support functions including plans, exercises, aircrew flight-equipment, cryptologic training, ECG scheduling, weapons and tactics for four EC-130H Compass Call squadrons. The unit performs information analysis, targeting and intelligence activities.

“As an operational support squadron, we are composed of different flights who have their own intrinsic skillsets and missions, yet what we both love about the OSS is that we take the time to gather as a squadron every month for morale building events,” said Capt Annalyse Greene and Master Sgt. Erin Bonen, 755th OSS, squadron intelligence leadership. “It's a great way to celebrate our daily accomplishments and to get to know the other members of the squadron.”

The 755th OSS drove electromagnetic attack planning, capabilities and technology development into the future. The unit developed tactics, techniques, and procedures for the two plus three strategic shift advancing a $100 million development plan for two joint operations plans.

The unit managed and coordinated three Air Force level working groups to identify, prioritize and design mission system requirements for the new EC-37B Compass Call, aiding an $895 million congressional mitigation plan to ensure the success of the Air Force’s future sole electromagnetic attack platform.

“Earning this accomplishment validates the effort our team has given while battling the difficulties of constant scheduling and manning conflicts during a global pandemic,” said Master Sgt. Travis McLeod, 755th OSS flight superintendent group weapons and tactics. “Additionally, winning has cultivated a workplace environment where hard work is understood to receive positive recognition and reveals the impact our unit has across the Air Force.”

The unit spearheaded the development of a $94 million national level joint training range to enhance non-kinetic integration of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, cyber, intelligence operations, and electromagnetic attack assets and capabilities.

“There really isn't one thing I can point towards,” said Rao when asked what stood out the most to help them win. “It is the collective of what we do. Having said that, the fact the work done in the OSS has impacts towards strategic objectives obviously gets us recognized.”