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USAFCENT tri-wing integration generates rapid airpower

USAFCENT tri-wing integration generates rapid airpower

Aircrew assigned to the 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron and 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron prepare to load cargo onto a C-130 Hercules assigned to the 386th Airlift Expeditionary Wing (AEW) while at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Feb 13, 2021. Airmen from the 379th AEW, 386th AEW and 380th AEW came together to support an integrated combat turn exercise for a deployed Dynamic Force Employment unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

USAFCENT tri-wing integration generates rapid airpower

Senior Airman Jamie Ebersole, 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation craftsman, directs a K-loader at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 13, 2021. U.S. Air Forces Central Airmen were challenged to execute a one-day, synchronized plan involving both airlift and fighter assets, as well as provide organic maintenance and logistics support to execute an integrated combat turn exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

USAFCENT tri-wing integration generates rapid airpower

Aircrew assigned to the 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron secure cargo inside a C-130 Hercules assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW) while at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Feb 13, 2021. The aircraft airlifted maintainers and equipment from the 380th AEW to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar to support an integrated combat turn exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

USAFCENT tri-wing integration generates rapid airpower

Senior Airman Jamie Ebersole, 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation craftsman, loads cargo onto a C-130 Hercules assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing while at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 13, 2021. Maintainers and equipment from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW) were airlifted to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar to support an integrated combat turn exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

USAFCENT tri-wing integration generates rapid airpower

A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing taxis at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 13, 2021. The aircraft airlifted maintainers and equipment from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW) to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar to support an integrated combat turn exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

USAFCENT tri-wing integration generates rapid airpower

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron taxi at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 13, 2021. The 335th EFS deployed as an instrument of Dynamic Force Employment in order to deter aggression and promote security and stability within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

USAFCENT tri-wing integration generates rapid airpower

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron taxis at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 13, 2021. U.S. Air Forces Central Airmen were challenged to execute a one-day, synchronized plan involving both airlift and fighter assets, as well as provide organic maintenance and logistics support to execute an integrated combat turn exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

USAFCENT tri-wing integration generates rapid airpower

A C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing lands on the runway at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Feb. 13, 2021. The C-130 airlifted Airmen and equipment from Al Dhafra Air Base in order to support a same-day, integrated combat turn of two F-15 Strike Eagles from the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

USAFCENT tri-wing integration generates rapid airpower

A C-130 Hercules aircraft lands on the runway for an integrated combat turn (ICT) exercise, Feb. 13, 2021, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The C-130 airlifted Airmen and equipment from Al Dhafra Air Base in order to support a same-day ICT of two F-15 Strike Eagles from the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Erwin)

USAFCENT tri-wing integration generates rapid airpower
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Airmen unload equipment from the back of a C-130 Hercules in preparation to support an integrated combat turn (ICT) of two F-15E Strike Eagles at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Feb. 13, 2021. Maintainers and equipment from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW) were airlifted to Al Udeid to support a same-day ICT exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

USAFCENT tri-wing integration generates rapid airpower
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An Airman closes the back of a C-130 Hercules assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW) while supporting an integrated combat turn (ICT) exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Feb. 13, 2021. Airmen from the 379th AEW, 386th AEW and 380th AEW came together to support the ICT of a deployed Dynamic Force Employment unit. An ICT is the concurrent servicing of fuel and munitions, while aircraft engines are still running. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

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Airmen unload equipment from the back of a C-130 Hercules in preparation for an integrated combat turn of two F-15E Strike Eagles at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Feb. 13, 2021. Airmen from the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW), 386th AEW and 380th AEW came together to support an integrated combat turn exercise for a deployed Dynamic Force Employment unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

USAFCENT tri-wing integration generates rapid airpower
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An Airman tightens a bolt on a ladder in preparation for an integrated combat turn of two 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) F-15E Strike Eagles at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Feb. 13, 2021. The 335th EFS deployed as an instrument of Dynamic Force Employment in order to deter aggression and promote security and stability within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

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An Airman refuels a C-130 Hercules at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Feb. 13, 2021. The aircraft airlifted maintainers and equipment from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW) to Al Udeid Air Base to support an integrated combat turn exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

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Airmen hot-refuel a 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle during an integrated combat turn (ICT) at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Feb. 13, 2021. An ICT is concurrent servicing of fuel and munitions, while aircraft engines are still running. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

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An Airman hot-refuels a 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) F-15E Strike Eagle during an integrated combat turn at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Feb. 13, 2021. The 335th EFS deployed as an instrument of Dynamic Force Employment in order to deter aggression and promote security and stability within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

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Airmen carry munitions for an F-15E Strike Eagle at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Feb. 13, 2021. U.S. Air Forces Central Airmen from three wings were challenged to execute a one-day, synchronized plan involving both airlift and fighter assets, as well as provide organic maintenance and logistics support to execute an integrated combat turn. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

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Airmen dismount munitions from an F-15 Strike Eagle attached to the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron as part of an integrated combat turn (ICT) exercise, Feb. 13, 2021, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. U.S. Air Forces Central Airmen from three wings were challenged to execute a one-day, synchronized plan involving both airlift and fighter assets, as well as provide organic maintenance and logistics support to execute an ICT. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Erwin)

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An Airman pulls chocks away after hot-refueling a 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Feb. 13, 2021. The hot-refueling was part of an integrated combat turn exercise specifically meant to test Airmen deployed as an instrument of Dynamic Force Employment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

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Two F-15 Strike Eagles attached to the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron taxi towards the runway after being refueled as part of an integrated combat turn (ICT) exercise, Feb. 13, 2021, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. U.S. Air Forces Central Airmen from three wings were challenged to execute a one-day, synchronized plan involving both airlift and fighter assets, as well as provide organic maintenance and logistics support to execute an ICT. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Erwin)

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An F-15 Strike Eagle attached to the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off, Feb. 13, 2021, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. U.S. Air Forces Central Airmen from three wings were challenged to execute a one-day, synchronized plan involving both airlift and fighter assets, as well as provide organic maintenance and logistics support to execute an integrated combat turn exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Erwin)

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An Airman removes wheel chocks from a hot-pit refueling site after completing an integrated combat turn (ICT) of two F-15 Strike Eagles at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Feb. 13, 2021. Airmen from the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW), 386th AEW and 380th AEW came together to support the ICT of a deployed Dynamic Force Employment unit. An ICT is the concurrent servicing of fuel and munitions, while aircraft engines are still running. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

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An Airman removes a ladder from a hot-pit refueling site after completing an integrated combat turn of two F-15 Strike Eagles at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Feb. 13, 2021. The ICT exercise specifically tested Airmen deployed as an instrument of Dynamic Force Employment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

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Two Airmen fist bump after successfully hot-refueling two F-15E Strike Eagles as part of an integrated combat turn (ICT) exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Feb. 13, 2021. U.S. Air Forces Central Airmen from three wings were challenged to execute a one-day, synchronized plan involving both airlift and fighter assets, as well as provide organic maintenance and logistics support to execute an ICT. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

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U.S. Air Force Capt. Ryan Heil, 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron pilot, and a maintainer assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron stand on an F-15E Strike Eagle shortly after landing at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Feb 13, 2021. The fighter aircraft returned to base after participating in an integrated combat turn exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates --

Three air expeditionary wings assigned to U.S. Air Forces Central participated in an integrated combat turn exercise, Feb. 13, 2021.

The ICT exercise specifically tested Airmen deployed as an instrument of Dynamic Force Employment, the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, currently assigned to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing here.

“Our Dynamic Force Employment squadrons consistently deliver combat airpower suited for the expeditionary and evolving character of this theater,” said Brig. Gen. Larry Broadwell, 380th AEW commander. “Because of its episodic nature, the DFE construct inherently provides operational unpredictability and a competitive edge for regional forces. DFE is a key accelerant to the changes we need in the future.”

DFE Airmen were challenged to execute a one-day, synchronized plan involving both airlift and fighter assets, as well as provide organic maintenance and logistics support for an ICT.

“An ICT is concurrent servicing of fuel and munitions, while aircraft engines are still running,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Justin Reese, 335th EFS director of maintenance. “ICTs are a force multiplier that produce higher sortie and strike capability across a range of contested environments, while minimizing the logistics footprint to support the aircraft.”

On the day of execution, maintainers and equipment from the 380th AEW were airlifted using 386th AEW C-130 Hercules aircraft from Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait. The group arrived at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar with just enough time to set up their own equipment and “turn” two F-15E Strike Eagles from the 335th EFS back into the air to execute an air tasking order.

Reese further explained that the whole exercise served as an Agile Combat Employment capstone event for the 335th EFS, which it had prepared to execute before the DFE deployment. The maintainers had tested and finalized tactics, techniques, and procedures for the last three years while at their home station at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

“Not only were the mission objectives accomplished, but this served as a proof of concept for in-theater ACE operations and set the stage for future capabilities,” said Reese.

Prior to the mission, maintenance professionals from the 379th AEW worked with their 380th AEW counterparts to plan the event.

“The 379th AEW were pivotal to the planning and success of our ACE demonstration. Their teams worked with our team to build a safe and executable plan for the event,” said 1st Lt. Garrett Parks, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron sortie generation flight commander. “The teams collaborated to work through challenges and modify timelines and produced success on all sides.”