Volk Field CRTC airfield ops named top of 2007

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  • By Senior Master Sgt. Greg Cullen
  • Volk Field CRTC PA
The Air Traffic Control and Airfield Management sections of Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center have been named the 2007 Air National Guard Operations Complex of the Year. 

"I'm very proud of both our Air Traffic Control and Airfield Management sections," said Lt. Col. Brendan Smith, Volk Field CRTC director of operations. 

The complex has nineteen people assigned to the control tower, radar approach control and airfield management facilities. The CRTC competed against several other complex nominees throughout the Air National Guard. 

Volk Field's complex directly supports ten midwest flying units on a regular basis within their 12,000 square miles of airspace, including the 115th Fighter Wing. In addition, they supported seventeen deployed flying units and airlift support requirements for five major non-flying deployments with a 100 percent safety record. 

The airfield and controllers handled more than 750 transient aircraft. A large portion of these aircraft were supporting Volk Field's aerial port of embarkation mission for soldiers mobilizing and demobilizing at nearby Fort McCoy. All of the flights continued despite a $2.1 million dollar construction project which closed both arm and de-arm areas during the summer, an airspace realignment project, apprentice controller training and limited staffing. 

"They continue to provide absolutely top-notch service and support to a wide spectrum of customers," said Colonel Smith. "They couldn't be more deserving of this prestigious award"