Execute integrated Battle Management and Command and Control to counter all air threats in persistent defense of the homeland.
The 225th Air Defense Squadron will deliver operational excellence and critical combat capability through agile employment of cutting edge technology and development of world class Air Defenders.
How the 225th ADS Protects the Homeland:
Using over 200 dedicated and shared radar devices, the WADS detects the presence of all air traffic within the continental United States. This information is constantly analyzed by airmen and sophisticated equipment in the battle control center to monitor air traffic 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Any aircraft originating from outside of the boundaries of the continental United States and entering into U.S. airspace must be positively identified. All of these aircraft in the WADS area of responsibility are then screened and categorized as friendly or otherwise. Flights originating in the U.S. are only monitored if the aircraft shows abnormal flight patterns or is in violation of FAA flight rules.
The WADS will initiate action on any aircraft identified as an actual or possible threat. Action includes launching fighter jets from the nearest location to get "eyes on" the aircraft, deter further activity and use deadly force if necessary. Jets can also be scrambled to assist aircraft in distress, to help determine if the aircraft is safe to land and to visually monitor the situation.
2017 Year in Review
In 2017, the WADS actively tracked more than 29 million flights over the United States. Of these flights, over 700 were identified as tracks of interest (TOI), causing additional action by WADS personnel to identify these aircraft. The WADS operations personnel scrambled many live air defense fighter aircraft to intercept real world and simulated TOIs and unknown aircraft.
Throughout the year, operations also worked to closely monitor numerous presidential, National Capitol Region, National Special Security Events (NSSE) and other temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) over major U.S. cities in the western sector to include Super Bowl 50 in Houston, Texas.
During daily training exercises, the WADS supported 27 Air National Guard, U. S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps flying units by providing command and control (C2) to 221 live-fly training missions. The WADS provided the first-ever Battle Control Center integration with military airlift forces to provide key command and control (C2) support for Air Mobility Command’s first-ever MOBILITY GUARDIAN exercise which involved 12 nations over a two week period.
The WADS personnel have been leading the way with the first Washington Air National Guard air battle manager to complete the U.S. Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course and the second-ever Air National Guard air battle manager to graduate from the prestigious U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School, better known as Top Gun.
Defense Support to Civil Authorities
The WADS executed the largest search and rescue (SAR) effort in support of the Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) by providing critical communications relay between the Texas Emergency Operations Center, rescue coordination centers, joint terminal air controllers, AWACS and the U.S. Coast Guard helicopters in order to facilitate the rescue of Hurricane Harvey victims in the Houston, Texas area.
The WADS used air battle management command and control skills, an extensive network of radio and telephone communication, radar and data link equipment and ingenuity and innovation to safely provide C2 integration with 253 rotary aircraft and 33 fixed wing aircraft which resulted in the rescue of over 800 Hurricane Harvey victims by executing 148 flying sorties and 81 SAR events.
National Guard State Partnership Program
As part of the National Guard State Partnership Program, a team of air defense experts from the 225th Air Defense Squadron travelled to Guatemala to provide feedback on the functionality and validity of the Guatemalan national air defense network. The team spent a week with the Guatemalan Air Force where they participated in briefings, conversations, and in direct observation of the mission.
The SPP links a State's National Guard with the armed forces of a partner country in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship by means of tailored, small footprint, high-impact security cooperation engagements that foster long-term enduring relationships with U.S. friends and allies around the world. The SPP arose from a 1991 U.S. European Command decision to pair reserve component soldiers and airmen with the armed forces of the then newly formed nations of the Baltic Region following the collapse of the Soviet Bloc.