133d Test Squadron
Published April 09, 2013
The 133d Test Squadron is an Air Combat Command gained Air National Guard unit located in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The squadron began in 1948 as an Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron. In the early 1990s when ACC was formed, the unit became an air control squadron. In 2005, the unit was re-rolled into a test squadron maintaining the equipment and personnel of an ACS.
The primary focus of the 133d TS is to provide an effective and sustainable war fighting command and control (C2) capability through the professional test and evaluation of the control and reporting center to include the development of future system upgrades and modernization.
The 133d TS saw its first action during the Korean War in 1951. Since then the 133d spent the half century watching the skies, serving around the globe in missions such as air battle management, refueling, early warning, homeland defense, protecting the President of the United States, counter drug and defending the War on Terrorism. The Unit has also seen several different name changes, from a tactical control squadron (1971-1976), forward air control flight (1976-1989), tactical control squadron (1989-1992), and air control squadron (1992-2002).
The 133d TS's present day mission is a "one-of-a-kind" test squadron (2002-present) tasked with the mission of operational and development testing and evaluation of new and emerging command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies.
The 133d TS consists of a mix of 140 Guard, Active-Guard, active-duty and full-time technicians with backgrounds in Command and Control, Weapons, Surveillance, Radar, Radio systems and Maintenance. This diverse team brings a wide range of skills and views to the table enhancing the overall unit capabilities as a test squadron.
· Supports ACC-directed operational test and developmental test
· DT of emerging C2 systems and capabilities.
· Provides command and control for 132nd Fighter Wing, 114th FW and 185th Air Refueling Wing missions.
· Provides "Distant End" datalink training\testing capability for active duty as well as Air National Guard units.
· State Support - provides assistance as requested by the Governor of Iowa to include, but not limited to, flood response, power generation and disaster relief efforts.