243rd Air Traffic Control Squadron (USAF)

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243d Air Traffic Control Squadron
243rd ATCS LOGO.jpg
Active1996 – present
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Air Force
TypeAir Traffic Control
RoleMobile ATC
Part ofANG/ACC
Garrison/HQCheyenne Air National Guard Base, Wyoming
Lt Col Christopher Howard

The United States Air Force's 243d Air Traffic Control Squadron (243 ATCS) is an Air Traffic Control unit located at Cheyenne Air National Guard Base, Wyoming.


The 243rd ATCS is one of only ten ANG Air Traffic Control Squadrons located throughout the United States.[1] The mission is to deploy and employ elite Air Traffic Control Systems worldwide.[2][3]

An important part of the Guard air traffic control mission includes establishing bases in locations without existing air traffic control facilities.[4]


242 Air Traffic Control Flight was given a change of station order on 1 July 1996 from Spokane, Washington to Cheyenne, Wyoming.[5] The 242 Air Traffic Control Flight was redesignated the 243 Air Traffic Control Squadron on 1 November 1996.[6]

The 243rd was one of the first units activated in support of Operation Enduring Freedom after the September 11 attacks. The unit was deployed to Jacobabad, Pakistan.[7]


  • 2014 - RAPCON D. Ray Hardin Air Traffic Control Facility of the Year[8]

Career Fields[edit]

The 243rd ATCS has numerous career fields including: Air Traffic Controller, Airfield Systems, Ground Radar Systems, Electrical Power Production, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Logistics Plans, Material Management Administrative, and Personnel.[9]

Bases stationed[edit]


  1. ^ "Factsheets : 243rd Air Traffic Control Squadron". af.mil. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  2. ^ "243rd Air Traffic Control Squadron". 243rd Air Traffic Control Squadron. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Air National Guard". goang.com. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  4. ^ "DVIDS - News - 243rd ATC more than controllers". DVIDS. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  5. ^ NGB Form 5b, 1 July 1996
  6. ^ Order DAF/XPM 875r, 1 November 1996
  7. ^ "Wyoming Digest". The Billings Gazette. 8 July 2002. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  8. ^ http://www.153aw.ang.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123442206
  9. ^ "CAREERS". 243rd Air Traffic Control Squadron. Retrieved 23 October 2015.

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