Air Force

November 9, 2012

65th Aggressor Squadron

A 65th Aggressor Squadron pilot, flies an F-15 Eagle with an updated “Splinter” paint scheme Oct. 20, 2011, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The updated Russian paint scheme promotes realistic threat replication when participating in simulated air to air combat.

Mission: To prepare the combat air forces, joint and allied aircrews for tomorrow’s victories with challenging and realistic threat replication, training, academics and feedback.

Personnel and Readiness: Today’s Aggressor tasking once again include Weapons Instructor Course support, priority test mission adversaries, and road shows to operational units. The expanded presence of today’s USAF Aggressors solidifies their continued role of preparing our forces for unquestionable victory in future conflicts.

History: The Aggressor program began in the fall of 1972 with the activation of the 64th Aggressor Squadron. This program started as a direct result of the high air combat loss rate experienced in the Vietnam War. The air-to-air kill ratio had fallen from 10 to 1 in the Korean War to almost 1 to 1 at a low point of the Vietnam War. Reversing this trend highlighted the need for a professional adversary force conducting a program of intense dissimilar air combat training. This new training replaced pilots flying the same type aircraft in mock combat at their home bases, with Aggressor pilots and controllers flying and employing tactics that emulated the former Soviet Union and other potential adversaries.

Over the years the Aggressor Squadrons have flown the T-38, F-5, and currently F-16 aircraft. As a result of defense budget cuts, the last Aggressor squadron was deactivated in October 1990 and re-formed as the Adversary Tactics Division under the 414th Combat Training Squadron, or Red Flag.

After 12 years as the professional adversaries for Red Flag, Air Force demands on the Aggressors began to exceed the reduced charter. Their sister squadron, the 64th Aggressor Squadron was reactivated in 2003. Due to expansion and increased operations, the 65th Aggressor Squadron was reactivated on Sept. 15, 2005. The principal testament to the importance of the Aggressor program is the consistent dominance of our Air Force during recent conflicts.




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


 
 

 

October is Energy Action Month: ‘I am Air Force Energy’

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Summer has come to a close, and we’re all looking forward to more tolerable temperatures in the coming weeks. Even better news — this means your power bill is likely to go down. But if you think you pay a lot for energy, imagine paying Nellis’ bill of approximately $1 million...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

ADC: An undue influence to justice

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis In the event trouble attaches itself to an Airman; the Area Defense Counsel is available for confidential help. The ADC is a free legal service on base available to assist ...
 
 
Courtesy graphic

AF releases criteria for new service medal

Courtesy graphic Graphic of the Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal. WASHINGTON — Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, following Secretary of the A...
 

 

2015 Vanguard award nominations due Jan. 28

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Nominations for the 2015 Noncommissioned Officers Association Vanguard award are due to the Air Force Personnel Center by Jan. 28, Air Force officials said. The award annually recognizes one enlisted member from each of the uniformed services for an act of heroism that results in saving someone’s life or...
 
 

Undergrad flying training applications due in December

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The 2015 undergraduate flying training selection board originally scheduled for Jan. 20-23 will now convene Feb. 17-20 and associated application suspenses have shifted by approximately a month, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Oct. 10. Eligible active duty officers interested in undergraduate flying training must apply by Dec. 19...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal Jeffers

BMT trainees complete last run on closing obstacle course

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal Jeffers Basic military trainees swing around a bar as part of the basic military training obstacle course Sept. 24 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The obstacle course was...
 




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