243 Air Traffic Control Squadron gives Cheyenne Mayor a look into its operations

Published: May. 27, 2021 at 9:09 PM CDT|Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 9:12 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming Air National Guard 243 Air Traffic Control Squadron is a unique team that operates at the Cheyenne Regional Airport. The squadron invited Cheyenne Mayor, Patrick Collins, to the base on Thursday to show him what they do, and who they are.

“I think it’s great that we get to share what we do, and what we do as an air traffic control squadron, and why we’re here, and our capabilities and how we support the state of Wyoming,” said Air Traffic Manager for the Cheyenne Air National Guard and Cheyenne Regional Airport, Michael Lang.

Running air traffic control operations at Cheyenne Regional Airport is just one of the many responsibilities 243 ATCS has.

“We’re actually a 72 hour unit that is mobilized within that time frame to be able to be boots on the ground controlling the air traffic anywhere in the world. We have mobile air traffic equipment, the controllers and the maintainers in order to do that,” said 243 ATCS Commander, Capt. Dan Hochhalter.

“I love the pride these guys have in their jobs. It’s a pretty technical thing as you can well imagine and I’m really enjoying getting to know what they do and what they do for us,” said Collins.

For Capt. Hochhalter, it meant a lot to be able to show Mayor Collins what his squadron is all about.

“Having the Mayor here has just been a treat. To be able to show him a little about what we do, so that when the times comes and we are activated by the Governor, he’ll be able to have a face and name to be able to put with the mission. Because really that’s why we’re here as minutemen and women, is to be able to go forth and do the mission that the Governor and the President of the United States are asking us to do.”

Mayor Collins thanked 243 ATCS for its time on Thursday and said it’s important that the community remembers the Cheyenne Regional Airport would not be able to operate, without the military.

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