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CAOC opens door to Davis-Monthan

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. -- Families and service members toured the newly constructed Combined Air and Space Operations Center during an Open House here Jan. 5. 

The Open House gave the base and family members a chance to tour the newly constructed 26,750-sq. ft. facility and to see first hand what happens inside the operational world of the CAOC. 

"Families support us and are constantly a part of our careers. It is important for them to understand our mission and provide peace of mind during long days at work or a deployment," said Maj. Kenneth McGhee, Tactical Air Control System Integration Flight chief. 

The role of the CAOC is to conduct Air Force, joint and combined, air, space and information operations in the United States Southern Command's area of responsibility.
To fulfill these objectives 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern employs a full spectrum of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, intra-theatre airlift and communications capabilities. Additionally, the CAOC staff is responsible for developing strategy and plans to execute air and space operations in support of USSOUTHCOM objectives. 

"12th Air Force is one of the USSOUTHCOM commander's components," said Lt. Col. Michael Yuill, deputy commander, 612th Air Operations Center. "As the USSOUTHCOM
commander receives assignments, the Air Operations Center does the real-time tasking to plan, monitor, assess and execute air operations on his behalf." 

According to Major McGhee, the CAOC became secure and went to Classified status, Jan 8. The new CAOC is scheduled to stand alone and become fully operational early May of this year. 

12th Air Force and AFSOUTH CAOC is one of five Falconer CAOCs in the world. The other Falconers are in Southwest Asia, South Korea, Europe and Hawaii.