Getting “Rowdy” Over Iraq
USAF Lt Col Barbara “Rowdy” (Piper) Omstead, Spaatz #743, is preparing to lead yet another mission in the skies over Iraq. With over 3000 flying hours, including combat experience in Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, PROVIDE COMFORT, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, and now IRAQI FREEDOM, Lt Col Omstead is uniquely qualified to fill this critical leadership role. An Air Force Air Battle Manager, Lt Col Omstead is a Mission Crew Commander (MCC) on board the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft providing threat warning to coalition forces on the ground, and command & control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C2ISR) support to USCENTCOM.
Lt Col Omstead is the Operations Officer of the 81st Test Support Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Florida. In this capacity she leads over 50 operations personnel in the support of the Air Force’s Weapons System Evaluation Program, the live-fire testing of operational air-to-air missiles. She is attached to the 128th Airborne Command and Control Squadron, Robins AFB, Georgia as an instructor MCC on JSTARS. 10 Jan 2005