NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada —
“We need to have a thorough understanding of the mindset of our competitors and anticipate their future moves,” said Col. Jared “Jabba” Hutchinson, 414th Combat Training Squadron commander. “Red Flag allows us and our allies to play through scenarios to prepare ourselves should we ever be called upon to engage an even-level opponent in combat. They will be able to draw on the experience they have acquired in this exercise and avoid making mistakes in real situations.”
As the lead wing of the RF-22-2, the 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho will stage more than 55 aircraft to engage the 57th’s dedicated multi-domain aggressor force group of operations. Assets such as B-1B Bomber, E-3 Sentry, E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, EA-18G Growler, Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SA Advanced Fighter Aircraft, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, HC-130J Combat King II, KC-135 Stratotanker, HH-60 Pave Hawk and MQ-9 Reapers will participate in complex mission scenarios against aggressive forces.
The participants, which will include approximately 14 units with approximately 1,750 personnel from the USAF, Marine Corps, Navy and Air National Guard, Royal Saudi Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force, will will primarily focus on combat missions, mission commander upgrades, and flag-unique experiences that contribute the most to readiness and partnership. Coalition central function forces will gain a significant combat advantage by being exposed to realistic, representative, relevant and integrated tactical experiences. US and allied forces train to ensure smooth integration and shared understanding.
Red Flag 22-2 will focus on three main themes to include defensive, offensive and counter air techniques. Each fighter type that participates in 22-2 will need to execute their best tactics and establish dynamic agreements with others so that they can safely and effectively achieve the overall mission objectives.
“We will continue to lead and learn in America’s premier air combat exercise,” Hutchinson said. “Take good notes, pass on your feedback and build a winning team with confidence under fire, integrated leadership and a fighting culture. “