News>Air Force communicators, air traffic controllers tour AFNIC
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Col. Rizwan Ali, commander of the Air Force Network Integration Center, and Tyson Joye, right, AFNIC’s museum curator, speak to Air Force communicators and air traffic controllers during a tour of Ludwig Heritage Hall Sept. 22. AFNIC is the Air Force’s Cyber Integration and Innovation Shop. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Elizabeth Stoeckmann)
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Retired Maj. Gen. Gerald Prather, former commander of the Air Force Communications Command, shakes hands with Tech. Sgt. Christopher Wolf, Technology and Interoperability Facility operations supervisor, during a tour of the facility Sept. 22. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Melisse Noud)
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Warren Neary, right, AFNIC chief historian, speaks with a veteran about the teletype machine. The veteran explained how he used the machine to type letters home to his family, one of which several feet long. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Melisse Noud)
by Elizabeth Stoeckmann
Air Force Network Integration Center
10/6/2011 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- More than 55 veteran Air Force communicators and air traffic controllers recently visited the Air Force Network Integration Center's Ludwig Heritage Hall as part of the Air Force Communicators and Air Traffic Controllers Association's annual convention.
Among the attendees were former Air Force Communications Command Commander, retired Maj. Gen. Gerald Prather, and former AFCC Chief of Staff, retired Brig. Gen. Stancil Dilda. AFCC is a predecessor organization of AFNIC.
AFNIC Commander Col. Rizwan Ali warmly welcomed the group and briefed them on AFNIC's mission.
"I was honored to meet with and talk with the association members on their tour of AFNIC," said Col. Rizwan Ali, the AFNIC Commander. "Many of the association members have had a decades-long affiliation with our organization, and the communication and air traffic control career fields. I received many comments from them about how impressed they were with our center and the energetic attitude of our people."
Tyson Joye, AFNIC's museum curator, then led the group on a tour of the Ludwig Heritage Hall.
"This was a delightful tour," Joye said about the veterans. "It was interesting to hear some of the stories of the retired communicators and air traffic controllers. They were passionate about their service to our country and the changes in technology they helped bring into the Air Force. Some even discussed the proposed changes to AFNIC's atrium concerning future technology and cyberspace."
Convention host and former AFCC Public Affairs Specialist Lori Manske said this group brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and stories to the Air Force generation serving today. Many in this group saw air traffic control take a technological leap with the introduction of radar; some saw air and ground radio stations transform from continuous wave Morse Code to radio telephone; and many witnessed the advent of the computer.
The group concluded their visit of AFNIC with a tour of the Technology and Interoperability Facility, the Executive Airlift Communications Network and Scope Airborne Lab Environment.