FACTSHEET | Nov. 14, 2012

701st Combat Operations Squadron

The 701st Combat Operations Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., is assigned to the 940th Operations Group, 940th Wing, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif.  The 701 COS provides well-trained, experienced Air & Space Operations Center warfighters to support the Korean Theater of Operations in joint and combined exercises during peacetime and real- world operations in time of war. The 701 COS augments the Combined Air & Space Operations Center, Osan AB, Republic of Korea, as part of the senior decision-making element for the Combined Forces Air Component Commander and integrates seamlessly with active duty forces in command and control of theater combat air forces. The 701 COS provides expert personnel in the areas of combat operations, combat plans, intelligence, strategy, communications and logistics.

Commander: Colonel Paul R. Fast
Parent Command: Air Force Reserve Command (10th Air Force)

Gaining Command: Pacific Air Forces, 7th Air Force, 607th Air & Space Operations Center

Subordinate Units:
Detachment 1, 701st Combat Operations Squadron, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

Mission Platform:
The Air and Space Operations Center weapon system, the AN/USQ-163 "Falconer," is the senior element of the Theater Air Control System that provides the Combined Forces Air Component Commander with the capability to direct and supervise the combat operations of assigned and attached forces and to monitor the actions of both enemy and friendly forces. The AOC develops strategy and planning documents, monitors the execution of all air, space and information operations and provides combat assessment in support of the combatant commander's guidance and objectives.

Personnel: 148 Authorized (125 Traditional Reservists, 10 Air Reserve Technicians, 9 Active Guard and Reserve, 4 Contractors)

Major Operational Participation: ENDURING FREEDOM 2002-2009, IRAQI FREEDOM 2003-2009


Unit Awards: Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with three oak leaf clusters

Unit History:
October 1996:
The 701st Combat Operations Squadron was activated at March ARB, Calif., and assigned to the 610th Regional Support Group, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas.
15 May 2000: The 701st Combat Operations Squadron activated Detachment 1 at Hickam AFB in response to a request from the PACAF Director of Operations in order to provide high-quality, experienced Battle Staff support to the PACAF Headquarters.
1 July 2009: The unit was assigned to the 940th Operations Group, 940th Wing, Beale AFB, Calif.

(Current as of Sept 2011)