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AF crowns Readiness Challenge VIII winners, plans FOC event in 2023

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  • By Debbie Aragon
  • Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Public Affairs

Following a more than 20-year competition hiatus, the Air Force civil engineering community crowned winners of the Air Force Civil Engineer Readiness Challenge April 22.

Surrounded by a crowd of more than 400 civil engineers — competitors, cadre and team supporters — Air Force Civil Engineer Center commander Maj. Gen. John Allen announced the team and individual winners of this year’s eight-team, initial operational capability competition with the 934th Civil Engineer Squadron taking top honors.

From Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, the 934th represented Air Force Reserve Command and are taking home the Brig. Gen. William T. Meredith trophy as the “Best of the Best Team.”

The 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron from Hurlburt Field, Florida, representing Air Force Special Operations Command, took second place team and the 60th Civil Engineer Squadron from Travis AFB, California, took third.

“I’m proud of these Air Force civil engineers,” Allen said. “What they are doing, what they did this week is so important to the very things that we’re doing in forward locations in the Pacific and all other parts of the globe … there’s a connection there and we’re going to reestablish that connection [through Readiness Challenges]. I can’t say enough about them, and I’m proud to be around them.”

The challenge is the career field’s capstone event that demonstrates Department of the Air Force civil engineers are ready to conduct full-spectrum, integrated base response and recovery operations.

This year’s five-day challenge showcased more than 20 events of various core CE disciplines -- everything from rapidly replacing segments of a runway, installing a mobile aircraft arresting system and laying out emergency airfield lighting, to building a guard shack from the ground up, surveying an area, firefighting, and explosive ordnance disposal skills.


More than 300 competitors represented AFRC, the Air National Guard, Air Combat Command, AFSOC, Air Mobility Command, Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Space Force.

Readiness Challenge VIII, held at Tyndall AFB’s Silver Flag Exercise site, was hosted by AFCEC, a primary subordinate unit of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center.

With AFCEC’s Readiness Directorate planning and facilitating the competition with support from AFIMSC, it was the partnership between AFCEC and the 823rd RED HORSE Squadron Detachment 1 that carried it over the finish line, said Maj. Khary Davis, AFCEC Readiness Challenge event lead.

“This initiative to revive Readiness Challenge as a marque event in the combat support community wouldn't have been possible without the hard work, dedication and commitment of Tyndall’s 823rd RED HORSE who executed the competition,” Davis said.

A Beta test of the challenge was conducted in 2018. Only three teams competed then. The expansion to eight teams for Readiness Challenge VIII was an undertaking but showed what is possible. It allowed the teams to demonstrate their warrior ethos and validate their skills and abilities while further honing them.

“Installations and airfields are the Air Force weapons platforms, and we maintain and restore these weapon platforms so we have to be able to do that in any environment anytime, anyplace,” Davis said.

Many of the competitors previously attended different regional training sites to top off their skills, so they understood the significance of being ready at any moment but didn’t know, in advance, the wide variety of events they’d face.

“They came prepared to tackle all of the events we threw at them and loved the competition,” Davis said. “ … jumping in to do tasks outside of their CE specialties, showing the multi-capable skills that we need to be a ready and lethal force.”

With Readiness Challenge VIII now in the history books, Davis said he’s looking forward to the hundreds of participants going back to their units and spreading the word about what the event is and getting excited for future events.

Thoughts of many now turn to Readiness Challenge IX — a bigger, full operational capability event – that Allen announced would take place in the Spring of 2023.

“There’s a lot of excitement and we’ve got 320 new Readiness Challenge disciples that are out there talking around the Air Force about how great this is,” Allen said. “And we’re looking forward to being back here in a year.”

In addition to the Meredith trophy winners, Allen announced the following Readiness Challenge VIII team and individual awards:

Expeditionary airfield lighting system install: 60th CES

Rapid explosive hazard mitigation: 366th CES from Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, representing ACC

Level loop for vertical construction: 673rd Civil Engineer Group from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, representing PACAF

Aircraft live fire operations: 1st SOCES

Airfield rapid damage repair: 934th CES

Mobile aircraft arresting system: Tie between 60th CES and 31st CES from Aviano Air Base, Italy, representing USAFE. The tie was broken by a tug of war competition with the 60th taking the win.

Airfield spall repair: 934th CES

Reverse osmosis water purification unit operations: 1st SOCES

Joint tactical communications operations: 60th CES

Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear control center operations: 1st SOCES

Guard shack build: Air National Guard team
 

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Mountain Home Air Force Base and Idaho Power conducted the first in a series of tests aimed at sending power directly from a hydroelectric dam to the base. If further tests are successful, the dam will provide Mountain Home Air Force Base with continued power even in the event of large-scale power outage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin Siegel, Public Affairs Specialist, 366 FW)
A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, assigned to the 366th Fighter Wing, takes off in front of a C-130J Hercules, assigned to 317th Airlift Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, as part of Exercise Raging Gunfighter at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, May 17, 2022. Raging Gunfighter is an exercise to prepare the 366th Fighter Wing for future Agile Combat Employment (ACE) operations around the world. (U.S. Air force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Byrd)
U.S. Air Force Airmen load cargo onto a C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, as part of Exercise Raging Gunfighter at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, May 17, 2022. Raging Gunfighter is an Air Combat Command (ACC) exercise designed to simulate the 366th Fighter Wing operating as a lead wing from a remote environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Byrd)
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 366th Fighter Wing board a C-130J Hercules, assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, as part of Exercise Raging Gunfighter at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, May 17, 2022. Raging Gunfighter is an Air Combat Command (ACC) exercise to prepare the 366th Fighter Wing to operate as a lead wing in a remote environment for future Agile Combat Employment (ACE) operations around the world. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Byrd)
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 366th Fighter Wing receive sleeping bags for Exercise Raging Gunfighter from the 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron Individual Protective Equipment (IPE) section at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, May 17, 2022. Raging Gunfighter is an Air Combat Command (ACC) exercise to prepare the 366th Fighter Wing to operate as a lead wing in a remote environment for future Agile Combat Employment (ACE) operations around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Byrd)
Readiness Challenge VIII participants from Air Combat Command's 366th Civil Engineer Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, take part in the rapid airfield damage repair event April 19, 2022, at the Silver Flag Exercise Site, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The Department of the Air Force CE event is hosted by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center. After a 20+ year hiatus, the challenge, a premier event for Department of the Air Force civil engineers, is back. This year's Readiness Challenge is the initial operating capability event before the challenge reaches full operating capability within the next two years. At this year's event, which runs through April 22, eight teams representing major commands and U.S. Space Force are facing off in about 20 events showing myriad of CE capabilities from emergency airfield lighting and water purification to building a guard shack from the ground up and firefighting and EOD operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Emily Misfud)
Readiness Challenge VIII participants from U.S. Air Forces in Europe's 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, take part in the airfield spall repair event April 20, 2022, at the Silver Flag Exercise Site, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The Department of the Air Force CE event is hosted by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center. After a 20+ year hiatus, the challenge, a premier event for Department of the Air Force civil engineers, is back. This year's Readiness Challenge is the initial operating capability event before the challenge reaches full operating capability within the next two years. At this year's event, which runs through April 22, eight teams representing major commands and U.S. Space Force are facing off in about 20 events showing myriad of CE capabilities from emergency airfield lighting and water purification to building a guard shack from the ground up and firefighting and EOD operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Aragon)
Readiness Challenge VIII participants from Air Force Reserve Command take part in the guard shack build event April 18, 2022, at the Silver Flag Training Site, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The Department of the Air Force CE event is hosted by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center. After a 20+ year hiatus, the challenge, a premier event for Department of the Air Force civil engineers, is back. This year's Readiness Challenge is the initial operating capability event before the challenge reaches full operating capability within the next two years. At this year's event, which runs through April 22, eight teams representing major commands and U.S. Space Force are facing off in about 20 events showing myriad of CE capabilities from emergency airfield lighting and water purification to building a guard shack from the ground up and firefighting and EOD operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Emily Misfud)
Readiness Challenge VIII participants from Air Force Reserve Command take part in an explosive ordnance disposal event April 18, 2022, at the Silver Flag Training Site, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The Department of the Air Force CE event is hosted by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center. After a 20+ year hiatus, the challenge, a premier event for Department of the Air Force civil engineers, is back. This year's Readiness Challenge is the initial operating capability event before the challenge reaches full operating capability within the next two years. At this year's event, which runs through April 22, eight teams representing major commands and U.S. Space Force are facing off in about 20 events showing myriad of CE capabilities from emergency airfield lighting and water purification to building a guard shack from the ground up and firefighting and EOD operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Emily Misfud)
Readiness Challenge VIII participants from Air Force Reserve Command take part in an explosive ordnance disposal event April 18, 2022, at the Silver Flag Training Site, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The Department of the Air Force CE event is hosted by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center. After a 20+ year hiatus, the challenge, a premier event for Department of the Air Force civil engineers, is back. This year's Readiness Challenge is the initial operating capability event before the challenge reaches full operating capability within the next two years. At this year's event, which runs through April 22, eight teams representing major commands and U.S. Space Force are facing off in about 20 events showing myriad of CE capabilities from emergency airfield lighting and water purification to building a guard shack from the ground up and firefighting and EOD operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Aragon)
The City of Mountain Home Mayor Rich Skyes signed a proclamation on Mountain Home Air Force Base on April 4, 2022. The City of Mountain Home will be observing the Month of the Military Child to show support and appreciation to military children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Krista Reed Choate)
A U.S. Marine Corps pilot assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 501 climbs off an F-35B Lightning II fighter jet, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Mar. 22, 2022. The VMFAT-501 are here to conduct deployment for training 1-22, to train student pilots to be proficient in air support and high explosive ordnance drops for their future-fleet F-35B unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Akeem K. Campbell)
U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II fighter jet assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 501 taxis on the flightline, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Mar. 22, 2022. The base has a range complex that offers 9,600 square miles of airspace to train. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Akeem K. Campbell)
A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II fighter jet assigned to MArine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 501 lands on the flightline at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Mar. 22, 2022. In the training, the pilots will be able to execute 1000 level Training & Readiness manual progression to attain core skills further preparing them for follow-on orders to F-35B fleet units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Akeem K. Campbell)
A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II fighter jet with a 25 millimeter gun pod assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 501 flies into the sky at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Mar. 22, 2022. Mountain Home Air Force Base has a range complex that offers 9,600 square miles of airspace to train. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Akeem K. Campbell)
U.S. Marine Corps quality assurance & power-liners from the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 501, watch an F-35B Lightning II fighter jet taxi on the flight line at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Mar. 22, 2022. In the training, the pilots will be able to execute 1000 level Training & Readiness manual progression to attain core skills further preparing them for follow-on orders to F-35B fleet units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Akeem K. Campbell)
U.S. Marine Corps pilot from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 501 climbs on to an F-35B Lightning II fighter jet at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Mar. 22, 2022. The VMFAT-501 is here to conduct deployment for training 1-22, to train student pilots to be proficient in air support and high explosive ordnance drops for their future-fleet F-35B unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Akeem K. Campbell)
U.S. Marine Corps avionics and power-liners from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 501 walk across the flightline at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Mar. 22, 2022. VMFAT-501 is a subordinate unit of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, the aviation combat element of II Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Akeem K. Campbell)
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ely Shilaikis, 389th Fighter Generation Squadron consolidated tool kit primary custodian, performs a “180 day” inspection during Red Flag-Nellis 22-2 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, March 10, 2022. The 180 day inspection is a thorough cleaning and examination to ensure serviceability of the tools assigned to a consolidated tool kit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin Siegel)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brad Clifton, 389th Fighter Generation Squadron support NCOIC, organizes an e-tool charging station during Red Flag-Nellis 22-2 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, March 10, 2022. Technical orders are loaded onto e-tools to be utilized for all aircraft maintenance procedures; ensuring aircraft safety and compliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin Siegel)
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jake Lenoue, 389th Fighter Generation Squadron avionics technician journeyman, right, works with Senior Airman Jake Fallat, 389th FGS maintenance supply liaison, to locate parts during Red Flag-Nellis 22-2 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, March 10, 2022. The supply liaison is directly integrated with the Squadron to track, source and retrieve parts efficiently for maintenance personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin Siegel)
A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle from the 389th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, lifts off for the Nevada Test and Training Range during Red Flag-Nellis 22-2 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, March 9, 2022. The Nevada Test and Training Range is the U.S. Air Force’s premiere military training area with more than 12,000 square miles of airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin Siegel)
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles from the 389th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, taxi for takeoff as part of Red Flag-Nellis 22-2 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, March 7, 2022. Red Flag provides several realistic training scenarios that saves lives while increasing combat effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin Siegel)
U.S. Air Force crew chiefs from the 389th Fighter Generation Squadron, greet F-15E Strike Eagle aircrew assigned to the 389th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, before pre-flight inspection as part of Red Flag-Nellis 22-2 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, March 8, 2022. Red Flag is hosted on the Nevada Test and Training Range, which spans more than 12,000 square miles of airspace and 2.9 million acres of land. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin Siegel)
U.S. Air Force maintainers assigned to the 389th Fighter Generation Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, prepare an F-15E Strike Eagle for flight during Red Flag-Nellis 22-2 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, March 8, 2022. Red Flag enhances readiness and realistic training necessary to respond to potential challenges across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin Siegel)
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jeremiah Ables, an assistant dedicated crew chief assigned to the 389th Fighter Generation Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, signals to an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot to hold their position as part of Red Flag-Nellis 22-2 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, March 7, 2022. Red Flag provides realistic combat training that saves lives while increasing combat effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin Siegel)
U.S. Air Force Maj. Christopher “Swat” Hale, left, an F-15E Strike Eagle weapons systems officer and Capt. Anthony “Rook” Mountain, right, an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot assigned to the 389th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, complete pre-flight checks for Red Flag-Nellis 22-2 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, March 7, 2022. Pilots practice a variety of offensive and defensive scenarios throughout Red Flag, including air-to-air interdiction, giving them a valuable combat advantage over adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin Siegel)
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The 366th Fighter Wing is in the process of transitioning to a Wing organizational structure that includes groups and an A-Staff, in line with the Combat Air Force, Force Generation (CAFFORGEN) model. This graphic shows the wing structure, once all groups have been reactivated slated for, 23 March 2022. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman Alexandria Byrd)
U.S. Air Force Col. Ernesto DiVittorio, 366th Fighter Wing commander, passes the ceremonial guidon to Col. David Stamps, incoming 366th Operations Group commander at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Mar. 11, 2022. This ceremony celebrates the reactivation of groups and assumption of group commanders within the base. The reactivation of groups is also part of the Lead Wing Organization model. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Akeem K. Campbell)
U.S. Air Force Col. Ernesto DiVittorio, 366th Fighter Wing commander, passes the ceremonial guidon to Col. Eric Phillips, incoming 366th Medical Group commander (MDG) at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Mar. 11, 2022. This ceremony celebrates the reactivation of the 366th MDG and assumption of command. The reactivation of groups is also part of Air Combat Command’s standardization of wing structure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Akeem K. Campbell)
Airmen with the 726th Air Control Squadron set up a tent during the Agile Thunder Exercise 22-1 Feb. 22-March 4. (Courtesy photo)
The 726th Air Control Squadron in a convoy to their station to set up for the Agile Thunder Exercise 22-1 held Feb. 22-March 4. (Courtesy photo)
First Lt. Erin Dilorenzo, the convoy and site commander for the Deployed Radar Site during the Agile Thunder Exercise 22-1 held Feb. 22-March 4. (Courtesy photo)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Antoinette McCall, a medical technician from 633rd Medical Group, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, supports hospital staff at St. Francis Medical Center, Monroe, Louisiana, Feb. 16, 2022. The U.S. Air Force medical team, working side-by-side with civilian medical professionals, is deployed in support of continued Department of Defense COVID response operations to help communities in need. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the whole-of-government COVID response. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Woodlyne Escarne, 14th Public Affairs Detachment)
U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Benjamin Eells, a clinical nurse assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, gets fit tested for an N-95 mask while supporting the COVID response operations at University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York, Feb. 12, 2022. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the whole-of-government COVID response. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ashleigh Maxwell)
U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Sarah Cook, a registered nurse assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, comforts a patient while supporting COVID response operations at University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York, Feb.14, 2022. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the whole-of-government COVID response. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ashleigh Maxwell)
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jaceline Cosby, a registered respiratory therapist from the 633rd Medical Group, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, sets up medical equipment in preparation for a patient’s hospital stay at St. Francis Medical Center, Monroe, Louisiana, Feb. 9, 2022. The U.S. Air Force medical team, working side-by-side with civilian medical professionals, is deployed in support of continued Department of Defense COVID response operations to help communities in need. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the whole-of-government COVID response. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Woodlyne Escarne, 14th Public Affairs Detachment)
Members of the Office of Special Investigations speak with Wing Inspectors on how they would inspect a crime scene at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Mar. 2, 2022. The Wing Inspectors evaluated the Airmen on how well they performed their role in an active shooter exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Akeem K. Campbell)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Strickland, 366th Healthcare Operations Squadron, paramedic (HCOS) (left) and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Robert Dooley, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter (CES) (right) inspect the condition of a simulated injured Airman at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Mar. 2, 2022. This scenario is part of an active shooter exercise and trains the Airmen in the 366th HCOS and 366th CES on how to aid surviving victims. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Akeem K. Campbell)
U.S. Air Force 366th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) Airmen carefully lowers a simulated injured Airman to a stretcher at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Mar. 2, 2022. This scenario is part of an active shooter exercise, it not only trains 366th SFS Airmen to respond to active shooter scenarios quickly, but it also trains them to search and support any surviving victims in the scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Akeem K. Campbell)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tristin Carey, 366th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) noncommissioned officer in charge of confinement applies a tourniquet around a leg of a simulated, injured Airman at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Mar. 2, 2022. Airmen from SFS, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron and several other squadrons participated in the active shooter exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Akeem K. Campbell)
U.S. Air Force 366th Security Forces Squadron Airmen enter a room with simulated casualties at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Mar. 2, 2022. This scenario is part of an Anti-Terrorism Force Protection active shooter exercise which helps Airmen prepare for real life scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Akeem K. Campbell)
An F-15E Strike Eagle, assigned to the 389th Fighter Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, arrives for Red Flag-Nellis 22-2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, March 3, 2022. Red Flag-Nellis 22-2 provides realistic combat training that saves lives while increasing combat effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
A Republic of Singapore Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 425th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, arrives for Red Flag-Nellis 22-2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, March 3, 2022. The 414th Combat Training Squadron conducts Red Flag exercises to provide aircrews the experience of multiple, intensive air combat sorties in the safety of a training environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
A Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SA, assigned to the Royal Saudi Air Force Weapons School, lands in preparation of Red Flag-Nellis 22-2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, March 1, 2022. Participants conduct a variety of scenarios, including defensive counter-air, offensive counter-air suppression of enemy air defenses, and offensive counter air-to-air interdiction. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)

 

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