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Red Flag 16-4: challenge issued, challenge accepted

Maj. Gen. Glen VanHerck, United States Air Force Warfare Center commander, speaks to players of Red Flag 16‐4 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 14, 2016. The first Red Flag exercise took place 40 years ago and has since evolved into one of the world’s most premier combat training exercises a pilot can attend. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller/Released)

Maj. Gen. Glen VanHerck, United States Air Force Warfare Center commander, speaks to players of Red Flag 16‐4 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 14, 2016. The first Red Flag exercise took place 40 years ago and has since evolved into one of the world’s most premier combat training exercises a pilot can attend. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller/Released)

Maj. Gen. Glen VanHerck, United States Air Force Warfare Center commander, speaks to players of Red Flag 16‐4 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 14, 2016. Red Flag provided realistic combat training through integrated warfighting in a contested, degraded, and operationally limited environment. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller/Released)

Maj. Gen. Glen VanHerck, United States Air Force Warfare Center commander, speaks to players of Red Flag 16‐4 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 14, 2016. Red Flag provided realistic combat training through integrated warfighting in a contested, degraded, and operationally limited environment. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller/Released)

U.S. Air Force pilots from the 55th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., attach their g‐suites in preparation for a familiarization flight at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 13, 2016. The g‐suite is used to squeeze blood from the legs into the head while at high speeds enabling the pilots to fly longer hours. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller/Released)

U.S. Air Force pilots from the 55th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., attach their g‐suites in preparation for a familiarization flight at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 13, 2016. The g‐suite is used to squeeze blood from the legs into the head while at high speeds enabling the pilots to fly longer hours. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller/Released)

U.S. Air Force maintainers from the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., ready an F‐16CM Fighting Falcon at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 13, 2016. The F‐16 played an intricate part of Red Flag 16‐4 the world’s premiere combat training exercise. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller/Released)

U.S. Air Force maintainers from the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., ready an F‐16CM Fighting Falcon at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 13, 2016. The F‐16 played an intricate part of Red Flag 16‐4 the world’s premiere combat training exercise. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller/Released)

U.S. Air Force maintainers from the 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., ready F‐16CM Fighting Flacons, 55th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., for takeoff at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 13, 2016. In Red Flag 16‐4 the 55th FS F‐16’s will join forces with other air frames such as F‐15 Strike Eagles, and EF‐18 Super Hornets to fight up to 250 aggressors. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller/Released)

U.S. Air Force maintainers from the 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., ready F‐16CM Fighting Flacons, 55th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., for takeoff at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 13, 2016. In Red Flag 16‐4 the 55th FS F‐16’s will join forces with other air frames such as F‐15 Strike Eagles, and EF‐18 Super Hornets to fight up to 250 aggressors. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller/Released)

U.S. Air Force F‐16CM Fighting Flacons, 55th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., wait to takeoff at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 13, 2016. Red Flag 16-4 took place Aug. 15 through Aug. 26 and involved players from every branch in the service as well as members of other countries such as Spain. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller/Released)

U.S. Air Force F‐16CM Fighting Flacons, 55th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., wait to takeoff at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 13, 2016. Red Flag 16-4 took place Aug. 15 through Aug. 26 and involved players from every branch in the service as well as members of other countries such as Spain. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller/Released)

An F‐16CM Fighting Flacon assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., takes off at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 13, 2016. A familiarization of the range had been conducted where players in the exercise fought against 250 aggressor forces. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller/Released)

An F‐16CM Fighting Flacon assigned to the 55th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., takes off at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 13, 2016. A familiarization of the range had been conducted where players in the exercise fought against 250 aggressor forces. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller/Released)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - The 55th Fighter Squadron, from Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, brought their ”Shawesome” F-16 Fighting Flacon's to an exercise Air Expeditionary Wing during Red Flag 16-4 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Aug. 15, 2016. 

Red Flag 16-4 is scheduled to launch two missions Monday through Friday and will conclude Aug. 26th.

 

The first Red Flag took place more than 40 years ago and has since evolved into one of the world’s most premier combat training exercises.

 

“Red Flag provides realistic combat training through integrated warfighting in a contested, degraded, and operationally limited environment,” said Maj. Eric Gutierrez, 414th Combat Training Squadron staff electronic warfare officer. “It also provides a forum for valuable cross talk between services as well as coalition partners.”

 

During this Red Flag, Col. Mark Barrera, 23rd Wing vice commander, took charge of players from every service branch, as well as other countries, with goals to integrate everyone together, build a great team, and form lasting partnerships.

 

Teamwork and partnerships are vital in defeating the 57th Adversary Tactics Group, this exercise’s aggressors.  Red forces threats are aligned under the 57th ATG, which include Aggressor fighters, space, information operations and air defense units. The Aggressors are specially trained to replicate the tactics and techniques of potential adversaries.  

This iteration of Red Flag includes F-16 Fighting Falcons, F-15E Strike Eagles and EF-18 Super Hornets, which will fly against a 250-aggressor force lead by Col. Samantha Weeks, 57th ATG commander.

 

Weeks extended a challenge to AEW forces: “We fight better than you because we do it every day. You will need to come together quickly if you expect to win, because we are the home team. Are you ready to fight? Because we are. We will see tomorrow; the fight’s on.”

 

The 55th FS and the newly formed Red Flag 16-4 AEW, with its joint and coalition partners, rise to meet the challenge and bring airpower, anytime, anywhere. The challenge has been issued, and accepted, As the 55th motto would say ..."Roll ‘em!"

 

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