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On April 4, the 509th Bomb Wing kicked off a four-day interoperability exercise involving active duty, guard and reserve fighter, bomber, supply and support units from across the country.

After months of planning, Exercise Agile Tiger is designed to meet training objectives of high-fidelity distributed mission planning, coordinated long-range remote ordnance integration, dynamic targeting and advanced survivability scenarios. , escape, resistance and escape. This event also provides for the development of new and non-traditional communication tactics, techniques and procedures.

Six F-35A Lightning II aircraft from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, two T-38 Talons from Langley AFB, Virginia. and a KC-10 Extender from Travis AFB, Calif., arrived at Whiteman AFB, where they will stage operations for the duration of the exercise. Whiteman B-2 Spirits and A-10 Warthog aircraft, along with their Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters will also participate. Other flight and support units will leave McConnell, Dyess, Ellsworth and Barksdale AFB.

“We rely on our Airmen to adapt to increasingly constrained environments, collaborate cross-functionally, and innovate in a highly dynamic combat environment,” said Col. Daniel Diehl, commander of the 509th Bomb Wing. “As America’s premier bomb squadron, our Airmen are trusted to execute nuclear and conventional air power, and we are constantly looking for ways to improve processes and ensure we are achieving the goals of national defense strategy. This exercise is designed to ensure that we remain combat ready, every day.

Integrating the B-2s, B-1s, and B-52s with fifth-generation fighter jets and other support units allows America to maintain credible strategic deterrence in a rapidly changing environment. This collaboration advances joint combatant lethality while fostering resiliency, innovation, competitiveness and process improvement – ​​all the talents needed to meet today’s complex challenges.

During this four-day exercise, you may notice increased air traffic and noise around Whiteman Air Force Base. Some flights will be operated at night. To report any unusual noise, please contact 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs at (660) 687-5727 or email To report suspicious activity, please contact the Office of Special Investigations at (660) 687-3812.

Coverage of Exercise Agile Tiger will be available on the Defense Visual News Distribution Service at

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