Ellsworth AFB Air Traffic Control


Every day air traffic controllers work diligently to keep thousands of lives and billions of dollars of equipment safe from harm These controllers who make sure that every aircrew gets to their mission and back in one piece Start by going through a 72 day tech school at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi Senior Airman Grant Kraus has more on their initial training “You just kind of learn the basics of air traffic control like fundamentals and then you get a lot of experience Using a simulator for the rap-con environment and the tower environment” down in rapcon the controllers are tasked with even more responsibility as they control all of the airspace between Ellsworth Air Force Base and Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota including seven regional airports they work around the clock in order to make sure that operations run smoothly and safely Staff Sergeant Anthony Morgan explains how with everything they do Lives are always at stake. “It’s one of those things where when we make a mistake. It’s plain people can die and Not a lot of people here, you know Maybe really think about it that way so we don’t really have incidents here just because we’re all really good at what we do But the possibility is always there” It’s for those very reasons that our controllers are always hard at work getting our Airmen where they’re needed when they’re needed Reporting from Ellsworth Air Force Base. I’m airman John Ennis

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