The Air Traffic Services Command provides airspace and air traffic services support and expertise to Army warfighters, major commands and installations worldwide. ATSCOM ensures safety of operations, standardization, and controller/unit certification of Army air traffic control. It develops and provides functional area support and expertise to meet Army airspace and ATS requirements in joint combined environments, and national and international airspace.
ATSCOM provides ATS assistance to support major combat operations; deploys ATS subject matter experts to support warfighters, MACOMs and installations worldwide; deploys ATS maintenance response teams to major combat operations; executes the ATS quality assurance program for warfighters, MACOMs and installations worldwide; executes training and readiness oversight of ATS reserve component units; and executes support and sustainment operations of all air traffic systems and subsystems worldwide.
Commander, U.S. Army Air Traffic Services Command
Col. William B. Garber III grew up in a military family and received a bachelor’s degree in International Business from James Madison University in Virginia and was assigned to the Aviation Branch. His Aviation career began with the 3-101st Attack Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served as an Attack Platoon Leader and 3/5 Platoon Leader. His next assignment was in 1/2 Attack and 1/6 Cavalry in Korea, where he served as a Battalion Logistics Officer and Company Commander. Following Korea, he served... READ MORE
Command Sgt. Major, U.S. Army Air Traffic Services Command
Command Sgt. Maj. George S. Webster is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1994 and completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he was awarded the MOS of 15P, Aviation Operations Specialist. Webster holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Ashford University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Excelsior College. His military training and education include the... READ MORE
The genesis of the Air Traffic Services Command can be traced back to a 1956 Continental Army Command concept to develop, equip, field and train an air traffic control organization. As a result, the Army Aviation Operation Detachment was created to assist Army Aviation elements in combat and communications zones to enable Aviation units to operate at night and adverse weather conditions. During the Vietnam War, air traffic controllers proved their effectiveness by assisting the heretofore-small Aviation force, as war fighting techniques in Aviation evolved.
In 1986, ATS was reassigned to the newly established Aviation Branch and the USAATCA was moved from Fort Huachuca, Ariz., to Fort Rucker, Ala. In 1995, the Aviation Branch Functional Area Analysis identified operational, training and maintenance challenges across the ATS mission area. As a result, Gen. Eric Shinseki, then the Army Vice Chief of Staff, approved the concept of a separate command for ATS.
On Aug. 28, 2003, Air Traffic Services Command was formally activated under Col. Don M. Adkins and Command Sgt. Maj. Johnny D. Hatten and officially relocated to Fort Rucker.
Air Traffic Services has a long and proud history. Always at the forefront ready to answer the nation’s call. Proclaiming a clear voice of freedom, wherever Army Aviators are called to serve…Calm, Expert, Professionals… Freedom’s Voice!