500th JSECST delivered, Robins plays key part

Col. Michael Kelly, Electronic Warfare and Avionics Division chief and John Miller, Agile Combat Support director, view a Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester Tuesday during a reception at the Horizons Event Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)

Col. Michael Kelly, Electronic Warfare and Avionics Division chief and John Miller, Agile Combat Support director, view a Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester Tuesday during a reception at the Horizons Event Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)

From left: Mike Callaway, signals intelligence engineer; Earl Sifford, senior business developer; John Miller, AFPEO and Director, Agile Combat Support; Lt. Col. Lea Kirkwood, Automatic Test Systems Division chief; and Col. Michael Kelly, Electronic Warfare and Avionics Division chief; discuss the JSECST electronic warfare tester.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)

From left: Mike Callaway, signals intelligence engineer; Earl Sifford, senior business developer; John Miller, AFPEO and Director, Agile Combat Support; Lt. Col. Lea Kirkwood, Automatic Test Systems Division chief; and Col. Michael Kelly, Electronic Warfare and Avionics Division chief; discuss the JSECST electronic warfare tester. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --  Robins Air Force Base plays a vital role in managing and sustaining electronic warfare capabilities onboard weapon systems platforms across the Department of Defense.

That includes management and software maintenance for the Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester, which recently celebrated the delivery of its 500th unit.

JSECST troubleshoots and tests electronic warfare systems on F-15, F-16, A-10 and CV-22 Air Force aircraft, as well as the Navy's F/A-18 and AV-8B, and foreign military sales customers.

Organizations here involved with the tester include the Automatic Test Systems Division, 410th Supply Chain Management Squadron and 579th Software Maintenance Squadron, whose engineers write test program sets which run on the JSECST test system.

During a ceremony Tuesday at the Horizons Event Center, base and industry officials commemorated the JSECST's 500th delivery.

"The JSECST test platform is a vital tool in supporting DoD mission objectives. It's a cost-effective test solution that supports electronic warfare mission readiness while allowing for the reduction in the overall DOD testing footprint by providing a standardized test platform," said Lt. Col. Lea Kirkwood, ATS Division chief at Robins. "Its broad application across DoD and our FMS allies is a testament to the one team, one fight attitude exhibited by all JSECST mission partners."

JSECST was created by AAI Corp., an operating unit of Textron Systems, whose services include solutions for customers in areas such as unmanned aircraft systems, test and training and logistics and technical services.

"I believe this program has been very successful because of the people involved, smart people doing smart things and working together," said Ellen Lord, president and CEO of Textron Systems, who attended Tuesday's ceremony. "Ever since I was at AAI Corp. as general manager, everyone talked about Warner Robins and all the great people here, and how the industry-government team worked alongside each other."