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Creating a stronger coalition

Creating a stronger coalition

Grroundcrew members of the 428th Fighter Squadron prepare to launch F-15SGs, August 21, 2017, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Singapore unit was able to realistically train with simulated enemies using electronic warfare and radar jamming. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessica H. Smith/Released)

Creating a stronger coalition

Uniform tops hang as the members work on the flightline. The 428th Fighter Squadron is the host unt of the Singapore detachment, known as Peace Carvin V. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessica H. Smith/Released)

Creating a stronger coalition

A groundcrew member waits to launch a F-22, August 24, 2017, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The F-22s were one of many aircraft that were part of Red Flag 17-4. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessica H. Smith/Released)

Creating a stronger coalition

A groundcrew member from the 428th Fighter Squadron prepares an F-15SG for take-off at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., August 21, 2017. Exercise Red Flag 17-4, gives the squadron an opportunity to train and interact with other foreign counterparts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessica H. Smith/Released

Creating a stronger coalition

An F-15SG takes off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., August 21, 2017. The 428th Fighter Squadron participated in exercise Red Flag 17-4 and trained with many other aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessica H. Smith/Released)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho --

Exercise Red Flag Nellis 17-4 served as an invaluable opportunity to the 428th Fighter Squadron of Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, the host unit of the Singaporean detachment, Peace Carvin V.

The exercise provided an opportunity for aircrew, maintenance personnel, ground controllers and even space and cyber operators to train in advanced combat-like simulations within a controlled environment, thus furthering their ability to successfully complete real missions.

Valuable training in tactics wasn’t the only accomplishment during Red Flag, explained Capt. Chia Chi Yu, 428th FS weapons instructor. With aircraft including F-22s, F-16s and Royal Saudi AF Eurofighter Typhoons the 428th FS was able to lead a team and successfully accomplish their strike mission all while strengthening relationships and interoperability.

“There are several areas of training that we’re accomplishing; one of the biggest ones – arguably the biggest one – is the integration with coalition partners as well as our combined partners across the DoD,” said Capt. Heisman, chief of scheduling for the 94th FS at Langley AFB, Virginia.

Despite the variation in aircraft, military service and allied countries – from mission planning to execution and debrief, Red Flag places all the combat units together to learn from one another and better understand each other’s ways and techniques.

“Going through this training with other services and nations affords air and ground crews the opportunity to learn together and to understand and speak the same tactical language before actually going into combat together,” said Lt. Col. Mark Sadler, Red Flag deputy commander.

The training while very beneficial to the 428th FS, also demonstrates how strong of an ally Singapore is with other key players in the exercise.

“It’s not notional that we could be going into combat with them; it’s very real and we could be going into combat against a near peer adversary,” Heisman said, “Somebody who is very dangerous and is going to require a lot of combat air power and excellent teamwork to take on.”

If ever called upon, Red Flag participants will be more prepared for combined operations. Knowing one another’s capabilities and experiencing them in a training environment creates a more confident team for real-time missions.

“Our cross training together with the United States Air Force and Saudi Arabia this time around helps us understand one another better and improve our integration and interoperability,” said Lt. Col Kok Choon Oon, Peace Carvin V detachment commander. “Lastly, it allows us to benchmark our proficiency against some of the United States Air Force units as well.”

 

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