710TH COMBAT OPERATIONS SQUADRON
The mission of the 710th Combat Operations Squadron, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, is to provide trained, combat mission ready AOC warriors to the CENTCOM CFACC. The 710th COS is aligned to U.S. Air Forces, Central Command. When deployed, 710th COS members provide continuity and expertise to augment the active duty AOC force. The 710th COS is assigned to the 610th Air Operations Group, March Air Reserve Base, California.
Commander: Colonel Kristine B. Smith
Parent Command: Air Force Reserve Command (10th Air Force)
Gaining Command: Air Combat Command
Mission Platform: The AN/USQ-163 AOC weapon system is the senior element of the Theater Air Control System. It provides the Combined Forces Air Component Commander with the capability to plan, task, execute and assess airpower and space power in support of the Combined Force Commander's campaign plan.
Personnel: 128 authorized (105 Traditional Reservists, 10 Active Guard Reservists, 11 Air Reserve Technicians, 2 Civilians)
Major Operational Participation: Operations ENDURING FREEDOM 2004-201, FREEDOM SENTINEL 2014-Present, INHERENT RESOLVE 2014-Present, IRAQI FREEDOM 2004-2010, and NEW DAWN 2010-present. Exercises AMDEX, ARDENT SENTRY, AUSTERE CHALLENGE, BLUE FLAG, EAGER LION, EAGLE RESOLVE, INTERNAL LOOK, RED FLAG, KEY RESOLVE, NEPTUNE FALCON, PACIFIC SENTRY, TERMINAL FURY, ULCHI FREEDOM GUARDIAN, and VIRTUAL FLAG.
Unit Awards: Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Unit History: The 710th COS was activated on March 1, 2004, at Langley Air Force Base, VA. The squadron is one of the Air Force Reserve Command's two AOC augmentation units. The 710th COS Det 1 was activated 1 September, 2017 at Shaw AFB, SC as a total force partner with the 609th AOC and U.S. Air Forces Central Command through the 609th AOC Det 1.
(Current as of April 2019)