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608th Air Operations Center

The 608th Air Operations Center (AOC) plans, directs, and assesses daily operations employing global, kinetic and non-kinetic capabilities in order to deliver strategic effects for the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) commander and joint fires in direct support of theater commanders.

The 608th AOC fills the critical need to support USSTRATCOM Joint Functional Component Command in deliberate, crisis action and time sensitive planning to combat adversary weapons of mass destruction worldwide; provide integrated global strike capabilities to deter and dissuade threats and when directed, defeat adversaries through decisive joint global kinetic and non-kinetic combat effects.

Operations Center History

On Jan. 1, 1994, Headquarters Air Combat Command activated and assigned the 608th Air Operations Group (AOG) to Eighth Air Force to provide operational and planned expertise to the Eighth Air Force commander. Since its activation, the unit has kept the commander informed about force operations and theater command and control procedures, while conducting deliberate planning activities, identifying joint issues, and running an Air Operations Center

The unit has participated in or supported virtually every contingency deployment since Operation Uphold/Maintain Democracy to Haiti during late 1994 and early 1995. The group supported several operations against Iraq, including Desert Strike in September of 1996, Desert Thunder in November of 1998, and Desert Fox in December of 1998. Additionally, in 1999 the unit supported Allied Force, while in 2001 the unit deployed people to Noble Eagle for homeland defense and Enduring Freedom against a terrorist regime in Afghanistan. The unit also supported Southern Watch, Northern Watch and Joint Guardian before returning to Southwest Asia in 2003 to fight in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit has also supported major exercises like Blue Flag, Green Flag, Warrior Flag, Global Guardian, Roving Sands, Mighty Thunder, Unified Endeavour, Joint Fleet Exercises, Titanium Flacon, Bright Star and several Joint Expeditionary Force Experiments (JEFX).

During 2005, an effort was made to develop a Space and Global Strike Air and Space Operations Center reflecting the evolving operational relationship between the Eighth Air Force and United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). This specialized operations center was established by November 2005 providing quick strike options and operational integration of kinetic and non-kinetic effects supporting USSTRATCOM.

On Nov. 1, 2006, the Eighth Air Force commander received a tasking directly from Gen. T. Michael Moseley, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, to create an integrated global effects command called Air Force Cyber Command. The 608th AOG was at the forefront of making this transaction a reality during the 2006-2007 timeframe. It was during this time the Eighth's AOC revolutionized time-sensitive planning and forged a global relationship with unified and combatant commanders augmenting their internal planning support with a global perspective. In several Global Power exercises, the 608th AOC further honed its institutional skills in command and controlling continental U.S.-based bombers operating in multiple theaters.

Effective June 3, 2008, as part of the re-designation of Eighth Air Force into Eighth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), the 608th AOG was formally re-designated as the 608th Air and Space Operations Center (608th AOC). This re-designation changed the 608th AOG with its assigned subordinate squadrons to a center with five staff divisions with the 608th AOC becoming a unit separated out of the headquarters staff structure becoming an organizational flag bearing unit with readiness reporting responsibilities.

During the time of 2008 through 2009, the 608th AOC oversaw the transfer of the critical Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missile planning mission from Detachment 1, 608th AOC, at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., to the 608th AOC at Barksdale AFB as Det. 1 was slated for inactivation. This transfer was coordinated between the USSTRATCOM, Air Combat Command, Eighth Air Force and Task Force 204 and was successfully accomplished Dec. 17, 2009.

The group has earned Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards for excellence for the periods of June 1, 1995, through May 31, 1997; June 1, 1997 through May 31, 1999; June 1, 2001 through May 31, 2003, (with valor); and June 1, 2004, through May 31, 2006.

AOC Leadership

Glen R. Shilland

 Chief Master Sgt.
 Mark E. Brown
Chief Enlisted Manager

Newcomers Info

AOC Phone Numbers

Commercial - (318) 456-5087
DSN - 781-5087
First Sergeant:
Commercial - (318) 456-1105
DSN - 529-1105
Barksdale Inn
Commercial - (318) 456-3091
DSN - 781-3091