Scorpion’s Last Strike: 603rd Air Control Squadron Returns From Final Deployment Before Inactivation





” 1/22/2013 – AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) — Airmen assigned to the 603rd Air Control Squadron here were greeted by hundreds of family members and friends Jan. 19 as they returned home from their final deployment in Southwest Asia before the squadron is inactivated later this year.

The 603rd ACS, one of two Air Force theater air control systems in Europe, is being inactivated as part of a larger effort to help meet Budget Control Act resource levels.

The squadron has a rich history with roots reaching back to the very beginnings of the Air Force. It was officially activated as the 603rd ACS on Dec. 31, 1945 under the Army Air Corps. The squadron’s early years provided air control for major air operations, including support of the Berlin Airlift.”