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  1. Commando Solo Lt Col Douglas Williams 193d Special Operations Squadron Commander June 4th, 2010 1st Lt Kathleen Pearson Weapon Systems Officer

  2. Classification This Briefing Is UNCLASSIFIED

  3. Unclassified Overview • 193 Special Operations Wing • EC-130J Commando Solo “101” • Haiti Earthquake Support - OP Unified Response • Previous Humanitarian and PSYOP Missions • Summary Unclassified

  4. Guarding America – Defending Freedom 193rd Special Operations WingMission – “Train for Combat” Unclassified Federal • Airborne Information Operations/PSYOP • Communication Exploitation/Electronic Attack • Special Ops Forces Air Mobility • Varied Geographical Separated Unit Missions State • Provide Emergency Forces as Ordered by the Governor

  5. 193rd Special Operations WingPersonnel & Missions • Personnel Full-Time Technicians / Active Guard Reserve~400 / 25% Traditional Guardsmen “Weekend Warriors” 1400 / 75% Total 1800 • Missions • EC-130J Commando Solo and SOFFLEX Flying Mission • Aircraft Generation and Maintenance • Services, Communications, Construction, Engineering Installation, ANG Band of the Mid Atlantic • Air Operations Center, Bomb Range, Air Support Operations Squadron

  6. Guarding America – Defending Freedom 193rd Special Operations WingThree Training/Operating Locations 211 EIS 271 CBCS 203 WF 201 RHS 148 ASOS / Bollen Bomb Range 553 Air Force Band State College 112 AOS Ft. Indiantown Gap Harrisburg 193 SOW Unclassified

  7. 193rd Special Operations WingMission History LOCALE OPERATION Viet Nam Commando Buzz (1970) Grenada Urgent Fury (1984) Panama Just Cause (1989) Persian Gulf Desert Storm / Shield (1991) Haiti Sea Signal / Uphold Democracy (1994) Bosnia Herzegovina Joint Guard (1997) Kuwait Southern Watch / Desert Thunder (1998) Yugoslavia Allied Force (1999) Afghanistan Enduring Freedom (2001) Iraq Iraqi Freedom (2003) Haiti Operation Secure Tomorrow (2004) Iraq Iraqi Freedom – Election Support (2005) Iraq Operation Iraqi Freedom (2007) Afghanistan Enduring Freedom (2009) Haiti Operation Unified Response (2010)

  8. Commando Solo “101”Background • Mission: • Conduct Information Operations in support of combatant commander’s objectives during all phases of war, military operations other than war, and civil operations. • Highly modified C-130J, more specifically an EC-130J • 7 Simultaneous Transmissions • 0.45 MHz to 1.0 GHz • Aerial refuelable • Inventory – 3, all in the PA ANG • Range - 2300 NM unrefueled • Crew – 11, 4 Officers & 7 Enlisted

  9. Commando Solo “101” Aircraft History 1992 – 2006 Commando Solo 1968 – 1980 Coronet Solo 1980 – 1994 Volant Solo 2004 - 20XX Commando Solo

  10. Commando Solo “101”Program Materials • Audio / Video produced at Media Production Center (MPC) • Products are downloaded by deployed 4th POG team • Commando Solo options: • Computer Hard Drive, DVD, CD, VHS, Cassette, Beta SX • Audio Retransmission – Real Time or Delay • Live Radio Broadcast • NEWLY ADDED - Wideband Satellite Connectivity will allow for PSYOP products to be transferred via KU Band Satellite directly to the aircraft (ground or airborne)

  11. PSYOP Mission Profile Transfer PSYOP Material Recover Aircraft Launch Aircraft Air Refuel Broadcast Broadcast TIMELINE -1 T/O 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 LND

  12. Commando Solo “101”Mission Influence foreign audiences with US and Coalition objectives via Radio and Television broadcasts Win the Hearts and Minds

  13. Commando Solo “101” EC-130J Transmitters

  14. FLIGHT CREW 2 x Pilots 1 x Flight Systems Officer (EWO) 2 x Loadmasters MISSION CREW 1 x Mission Systems Officer (EWO) 5 x Electronic Communications Specialists and MANY SUPPORT PERSONNEL BEHIND THE SCENES! AIRCREW

  15. RECENT OPERATIONS

  16. Operation Unified ResponseHaiti Earthquake Relief Initial inquiries and discussion began - ~7 PM on 13 Jan - Coordinated directly with USSOUTHCOM, Broadcasting Board of Governors and Voice Of America for programming Aircraft departed PA on Verbal Order - 11:00 AM 15 Jan Deployment Order Received - 2:44 PM 15 Jan 1st Mission flown from San Juan, PR - 11:13 AM 16 Jan Aircraft provided 5 hours broadcasting to Haiti Initial Feedback: This is the fastest crisis broadcasting response I have seen in 25 years of involvement in international broadcasting. We all hope and trust we can make a difference for the Haitian people. (Bruce Sherman, Director, Strategic Planning and Research ,Broadcasting Board of Governors ) At 161330JAN10, MIST Haiti called SOCSOUTH and reported that the Commando Solo radio broadcasts were loud and clear in Port au Prince. MIST Haiti confirmed all of the 4 primary frequencies were broadcasting: 92.9 FM, 93.3 FM, 104.1 FM and 105.3 FM. Just got the official report from Haiti that reception is excellent and the PSAs are being heard from Commando Solo. Native Haitians in the Public Affairs office in the embassy are receiving it loud and clear. (MAJ Daniel Castro, USSOUTHCOM Security & Intelligence Directorate)

  17. Operation Unified ResponseHaiti Earthquake Relief • Additional Aircraft Requested - 10:18 PM 20 Jan • Second Aircraft departed PA - ~11:00 AM 21 Jan • On 23 Jan commenced 10 hours broadcasting • Aircraft and personnel were released on 11 February • Redeployed to PA by 13 February • Total - 28 Sorties/263.3 hours • Feedback: • …It was nothing short of amazing how fast your group deployed, and your consummate professionalism was on display from start to finish. This, in my view, was a model of inter-agency cooperation and coordinated communication that allowed all of us to fulfill our separate and shared missions. We will seek to highlight the experience as a case study within the USG… • Bruce Sherman, Director for Strategy and Research, Broadcasting Board of Governors • Judging by our listeners comments, the support provided by Commando Solo made it easier for many people in Haiti to tune in to VOA Creole broadcasts, which brought them much-needed news and information. Commando Solo made a difference. Indeed, it was a real pleasure working with you. On behalf of my colleagues at VOA-Creole and the people of Haiti, I want to thank you and the Commando Solo team for supporting the Haiti Relief effort after the January 12 Earthquake. Ronald Cesar, Chief, VOA Creole Service

  18. Operation Iraqi FreedomPhase II – Iraqi Elections 2005-2006 100+ Sorties (92% WX/Tanker) • PSYOP Mission – Support Elections • AM, FM, TV & SW Broadcasts • Increase awareness • Increase Iraqi Voter turnout

  19. Operation Secure Tomorrow 2004 • U.N. Security Council Resolution 1529 • 50 Sorties • Broadcasting into Haiti • 2 FM and 1 AM (Radio only)

  20. Operation Iraqi Freedom Phase I • 160 sorties (97% Tasked) • AM, FM, TV & SW Broadcasts • PSYOP Material and real-time relay • PSYOP on Tactical Frequencies • Deployed Nov 2002 – • 3 months prior to hostilities • PSYOP Battlefield Preparation 2002-2003

  21. Operation Enduring Freedom • 307 sorties (100% Tasked) • AM, FM, TV & SW Broadcasts • PSYOP Material and real-time relay • Deployed Oct 2001 2001-2002

  22. Operation Sea Signal 1994 • Humanitarian operation in response to an influx of Cuban and Haitian migrants attempting to gain asylum in the US. • Commando Solo broadcasting July 5,1994 to late August 1994 • Migration nearly ceased within 2 weeks of of commencing broadcasting!

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