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Mobility Airmen complete Agile Combat Employment experiment

Mobility Airmen complete Agile Combat Employment experiment

An F-15 Eagle aircraft takes off during an Agile Combat Employment experiment at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, Feb. 20, 2020. Integrating C-130J Super Hercules aircrews from Dyess and Little Rock with F-15 Eagle aircrews from Kadena allowed the Airmen to exchange knowledge, become a more cohesive team and posture the F-15E members for agile combat employment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Mobility Airmen complete Agile Combat Employment experiment

Two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, taxi on the flight line as they begin an Agile Combat Employment experiment at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, Feb. 20, 2020. One of the C-130J aircraft completed a combat offload, a technique where the aircrew quickly moves equipment off the aircraft after landing in a combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Mobility Airmen complete Agile Combat Employment experiment

A loadmaster with the 41st Airlift Squadron completes a preflight inspection of cargo prior to taking off during an Agile Combat Employment experiment at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Feb. 20, 2020. Three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft transported personnel and essential equipment in order to successfully refuel and launch four F-15 Eagle aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Mobility Airmen complete Agile Combat Employment experiment

Capt. Christian Fontaine, left, and Capt. Michael DeSandre, right, both 41st Airlift Squadron pilots, fly to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, to complete an Agile Combat Employment experiment Feb. 20, 2020. The exercise helped develop and improve the Air Force’s ability to rapidly deploy F-15 Eagle aircraft, personnel and equipment to austere locations throughout the world in support of Air Force and Combatant Command strategic objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Mobility Airmen complete Agile Combat Employment experiment

A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft moves down the flight line after service members complete combat offload training during an Agile Combat Employment experiment at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, Feb. 20, 2020. The training helped the crew members to improve their skillsets while being ready to support any Air Force and Combatant Command strategic objective. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Mobility Airmen complete Agile Combat Employment experiment

C-130J Super Hercules aircraft pilots with the 41st Airlift Squadron from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, compete preflight checks prior to taking off during an Agile Combat Employment experiment at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Feb. 20, 2020. Airmen from Little Rock AFB, Dyess AFB, Texas, and Kadena AB conducted the training at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in order to test their capabilities to move personnel and equipment to austere locations at a moment’s notice to complete a variety of missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Mobility Airmen complete Agile Combat Employment experiment

Staff Sgt. Christopher Echeverria, 60th Security Forces Squadron Raven, talks with Airmen from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, about how to effectively handle a verbal assault scenario while providing security for aircraft during an Agile Combat Employment experiment at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, Feb. 20, 2020. As part of the hybrid Airmen concept, the Airmen were provided with cross utilization training enabling them to more effectively service the aircraft, perform navigation type functions and provide aircraft security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Mobility Airmen complete Agile Combat Employment experiment

An F-15 Eagle aircraft taxis down the runway during an Agile Combat Employment experiment at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, Feb. 20, 2020. Three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft were used in order to transport Airmen and equipment to refuel and launch four F-15E aircraft upon landing from Kadena Air Base, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Mobility Airmen complete Agile Combat Employment experiment

Airman 1st Class Joe Newton, 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, uses a bomb loader vehicle to transport a missile to an F-15 Eagle aircraft during an Agile Combat Employment experiment at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, Feb. 20, 2020. During the training, three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing and 19th Airlift Wing transported personnel and equipment needed to successfully maintain and support flying operations for four F-15 Eagle aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Mobility Airmen complete Agile Combat Employment experiment
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Staff Sgt. Gerald Styles, 60th Security Forces Squadron Raven, provides security for Airmen as they complete an Agile Combat Employment experiment at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, Feb. 20, 2020. The Ravens secured the aircraft and enabled Airmen to accomplish their tasks in order to successfully complete their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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Lance Cpl. Noah Gulledge, 18th Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron semi refueler, fills a container with JP8 fuel to test it during an Agile Combat Employment experiment at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, Feb. 20, 2020. The Marines tested the fuel to ensure it was safe to be removed from the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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Master Sgt. Timothy Tate, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron support flight chief, unclips a harness for a floodlight during an Agile Combat Employment experiment at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, Feb. 20, 2020. Airmen transported various equipment on three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in order to effectively refuel and launch four F-15 Eagle aircraft from Kadena Air Base, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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Capt. Lacey Koelling, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintenance operations officer, drives a bomb lift vehicle off a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during an Agile Combat Employment experiment at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, Feb. 20, 2020. The bomb lift vehicle was used to load munitions onto the four F-15 Eagle aircraft after landing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Dyess Air Force Base, Texas --

Airmen from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, and Kadena Air Base, Japan, completed an Agile Combat Employment experiment at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, Feb. 20, 2020.

The training helped develop and improve an Air Force’s ability to rapidly deploy F-15 Eagle aircraft, personnel and equipment to austere locations throughout the world in support of Air Force and Combatant Command strategic objectives.

“For the past two decades, C-130 type aircraft have been completing missions in the Middle East and Africa in order for us to remain relevant in potential armed conflicts in the future, we have to be able to adjust with the way our adversaries are adjusting,” said Maj. Michael Mayor, 317th Airlift Wing inspector general. “We have to be able to continuously adjust as we move forward as a military, as we continue to change the way we do business, posture ourselves and continue to evolve with the combat Air Force.”

During the training, three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing from Dyess AFB and 19th Airlift Wing from Little Rock AFB transported personnel and equipment needed to successfully maintain and support flying operations for four F-15 Eagle aircraft. Marines from MCAS Futenma provided fuel support for the aircraft in order to help complete the mission.

“This training helps us become more efficient at moving to various airfields throughout the world, then setting up equipment for other aircraft to land, arm up and launch before anyone is able to identify that we were using that location,” Mayor said.

The Airmen also practiced a hybrid Airmen concept. This helped the Airmen become more well-rounded by learning how to accomplish overarching mission objectives while helping Airmen in other career fields complete their tasks. The concept is designed to minimize the amount of personnel needed to provide support for potential ACE missions.

By using the hybrid Airmen concept during ACE, Airmen were provided with cross utilization training that enabled them to more effectively service the aircraft, perform navigation type functions and provide aircraft security.

“This has helped us see how we can constantly improve our skill sets for future missions,” said Capt. Lacey Koelling, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintenance operations officer. “This enables us to provide rapid, mobile and agile response force, because we are able to have less personnel while being a full encompassing team.”

The exercise would not have been as successful without maintenance Airmen providing continuous upkeep to ensure the aircraft can fly.

“It’s important for maintainers to think through these fast situations so they can work safely and efficiently so we can move rapidly around the world at a moment’s notice,” Koelling said. “This experiment is showcasing that we can adapt to complete any type of scenario.”

This training enabled C-130J Super Hercules aircrews from Dyess and Little Rock and F-15E aircrews from Kadena to exchange knowledge, help all of the Airmen become a more cohesive team and posture the F-15E members for agile combat employment.

“We bring a lot of logistics experience to the fight, which helps us effectively relocate our forces and equipment when called upon,” Mayor said. “This experiment helped us train and improve Airmen’s skill sets that will enable us to complete any mission that comes our way.”