Air Force

June 1, 2012

425th FS participates in Maple Flag

by Senior Airman Melanie Holochwost
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Thunderbolts from the 425th Fighter Squadron are scheduled to depart for Canada June 9 to join the anticipated 4,500 military personnel attending Maple Flag 45 at Cold Lake Air Base, Alberta.

“We regularly participate in Maple Flag and other similar exercises in keeping with our squadron’s mission of providing high-end training for our aircrew,” said Lt. Col. Joshua Hetsko, 425th FS director of operations. “These exercises provide an excellent venue for combat forces from NATO and other countries to participate in a large-scale, simulated combat environment against a complex adversary.”

Nine F-16 Fighting Falcons and more than 100 Airmen from the 425th FS will test their knowledge and skills in conjunction with airmen from France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Holland and the Republic of Singapore, not to mention other U. S. services.

“We have been preparing for Maple Flag for the past 10 weeks,” Hetsko said. “However, we maintain a high readiness level year-round, with two or three squadron deployments a year.”

Maple Flag is a Canadian variation of the U.S. Air Force’s Red Flag, which is hosted several times a year at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Both exercises were created in response to the Vietnam War when it was determined that 90 percent of aircraft loss took place during the first 10 combat missions. In order to improve the survival rate and performance of aircrews, Red Flag was created and Maple Flag followed.

“Both exercises are designed to provide tactical experience to combat aircrews and prepare them for actual combat missions,” Hetsko said. “They’re in very different locations, with different terrain, climate, etc., but we expect the training value for our squadron to be similar.”

The Black Widows will engage in a two-week air campaign focused on confronting and dealing with air-to-air and air-to-ground threats, precision and nonprecision strike missions.

Other focal points of Maple Flag include transport, electronic warfare, air refueling, air defiance and airborne early warning control assets from many diverse nations.

Lt. Col. Kevin Cruikshank, 425th FS commander, said he believes his team will perform very well at Maple Flag.

“It is extremely important to put our best foot forward when working together in an international joint environment,” Cruikshank said. “By demonstrating our capabilities and sharing our knowledge, it helps foster and strengthen the relationship between our allied air forces. The Airmen of the 425th are the hardest working people I’ve had the honor to work with. They work extremely hard for a common goal, and I know they will directly contribute to the success of this exercise.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Courtesy photo

EOD called out for expertise

Courtesy photo The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team recovers military ordnance July 4 from the rubble of a burnt down building at an auto repair facility in Phoenix. The Luke EOD team recovered nume...
 
 

Strong followers challenge authority

It’s not surprising that when I tell subordinates to challenge authority, I often get a look of confusion. Admittedly, this is a step used to provoke thought. Obviously, we don’t need subordinates undermining their leader’s authority. My intent is not to create insubordination — it is to underscore the importance of strong followership. Great leaders...
 
 

Travel access, opportunities not to be ignored

Possibly one of the greatest and overlooked gifts we have in the military is our ability to travel. More often than not, we are stationed at bases around the world where we have the access and opportunity to travel and see the local sites. However, it happens way too often that we ignore those opportunities....
 

 
Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

Thunderbolt joins elite Thunderbirds

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, took this photo March 15 during Luke Air Force Base’s Open House and Air Show. She had no idea at the time that just a few months later she would b...
 
 

News Briefs July 25, 2014

Wanted: Airmen selfie videos The Air Force wants to hear from Airmen with unique stories about what led them to the Air Force, who are proud of their job and how it impacts the Air Force mission, or work in an exceptional unit. The 2014 American Airman Video Contest is open to all Airmen who...
 
 

Thunderbolt of the Week

Airman 1st Class Anna Valdez 56th Contracting Squadron Contracting specialist Hometown: Moscow Years in service: One Family: Husband, Phil; mother, Natalia; and father, Oleg Education: Russian State University of Trade and Economics bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics Inspirations: My parents demonstrated excellence and success in a loving environment, taught me to never give up...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin