Friday, January 30, 2015

TOP STORY >> 34th CTS provides tactical training

By Senior Airman Kaylee Clark
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 34th Combat Training Squadron, various Air Force bases and an Army division participated in GREEN FLAG Little Rock Jan. 13-20, 2015, at Fort. Polk, Louisiana.

The 34th CTS’ motto Si Vis Palem Para Bellum, “If you want peace, prepare for war,” directly reflected the mission of GFLR.

“We are going to train you hard,” said Maj. Jeremy Wagner, 34th CTS director of operations. “We are going to challenge your airmanship and leadership.” 

Participants were from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas; Travis AFB, California; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; and an Army division from Ft. Drum, New York.

Four units also participated virtually from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Travis AFB; Joint Base McGuire Dix-Lakehurst; and Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. 

“These units flew their simulators and linked up to our participants at Ft.  Polk,” said Wagner.  “They had radios linked to their simulators to talk in real time during the exercise. Each virtual mission saved hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

The goal was to improve on crew and mission management, situational awareness, airspace compliance and weather planning.

“We feel like the exercise was outstanding,” said Wagner.  “Our simulator integration with the geographically-separated units was a huge accomplishment for GFLR.”  

The 34th CTS orchestrates GFLR between six to 10 times per year as participants make themselves available.

The exercise provided the most realistic, tactical-level, joint combat employment training, tailored to mobility Air Force needs.

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