Compass Call Milestones in Afghanistan

Airmen with the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron supporting a deployed contingent of EC-130H Compass Call aircraft at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, have helped these platforms and their aircrews amass impressive statistics in combat operations. Through the maintainers’ efforts, the EC-130s have flown more than 24,000 hours in 4,000 sorties, assisting ground troops in capturing roughly 600 high-value individuals and 4,500 other persons of interest, and in seizing 340 weapons caches, according to unit officials. “Making these milestones happen with an aging fleet and a steady deployment rotation is challenging,” said Capt. Lisa Stokey, 455th EAMXS EC-130H officer in charge. She added, “I can honestly say this is one of the most impressive aircraft maintenance squadrons I’ve ever been a part of.” Compass Call aircraft carry equipment that denies, degrades, or disrupts enemy communications. They left the Iraqi theater in August 2010. (Bagram report by MSgt. Mary Davis)