D-M MAY GET A SQUADRON FOR REMOTE GUIDANCE OF DRONES

Air Force Announces Basing Candidates for Active-Duty Air Force MQ-1/9 Remote Split Operations Squadron 10/20/11

From: “Cherrey, John A Col USAF ACC 355 FW/CC” John.Cherrey@dm.af.mil

Date: October 20, 2011 12:23:01 PM MST

Subject: MQ-1/9 RSO Congressional “Candidate Brief”

Dear MCRC,
The Air Force has released a public statement and briefed Congress on candidate locations for the bed down of an Air Force
MQ-1/9 “Remote Split Operations” squadron. We believe this announcement will include Davis-Monthan AFB as one of the possible
locations under consideration. Much like the very deliberate process you are currently observing in the NEPA Environmental Assessment for
Operation Snowbird, the Air Force uses a strategic process when making basing decisions. Each decision takes an “enterprise-wide look” as it evaluates potential basing locations. HQ ACC will soon begin conducting detailed, on the ground, evaluations of the candidate locations covering a range of operational and facility issues; results of the site surveys will be briefed to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force who will then select the preferred location. The basing process links missions and Combatant Commander requirements to installation attributes, cost considerations, and professional military judgment to identify locations best suited to support any given mission. A single remote-split operations squadron consists of approximately 280 personnel performing critical ground-station operations. It is also important to note that no remotely piloted vehicles, (RPV) will be assigned to or actually fly out of DM. The base will only serve as a ground control station for the RPVs. While there is limited information we can share during the evaluation process, my staff and I are standing are available to assist you with any questions you may have.

Sincerely,
JOHN A. CHERREY, Colonel, USAF
Commander, 355th Fighter Wing