Air Force

July 11, 2014

RPA crews test skills during competition

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Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen
432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

A MQ-9 Reaper prepares to conduct systems checks prior to take-off at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., June 13. The MQ-9 Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets.

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Airmen from 17 different squadrons participated in the third annual 432nd Wing Hunt here June 27 to July 2.

The crews, which fall under the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, were tested on their tactical skills in both the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft using real-world scenarios during the competition.

The annual event gives RPA crews an opportunity to train for a mission set rarely practiced or executed, while also integrating and practicing fundamental tactics with other squadrons from around the 432nd AEW.

“Wing Hunt is essentially a realistic training scenario for the crews to know what to expect in the future,” said Capt. Marcus, 432nd Operations Support Squadron MQ-9 branch chief. “We took realistic training and added a competition, so the crews can earn bragging rights for their units.”

The RPA crews were handpicked by their squadron leadership as the best of the best to compete in both MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper employments. These crews consisted of pilots, sensor operators and intelligence Airmen, some of whom flew their mission from their home state via remote split operations.

“Out of the 17 AEW squadrons that participated in this year’s Wing Hunt, seven of those units were based outside of the local area and had crews travel to Creech to participate,” said Capt. William, 432nd Wing weapons and tactics assistant flight commander.

The skills of each crew were tested on every facet of the mission, including mission planning, briefing, flying, execution and precision of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and GBU-12 Paveway laser guided bomb strikes in a given time, and debrief processes. These tests included obtaining all necessary information, learning about potential threats and identifying how big those threats were, preparing ways to mitigate said threats, executing the mission, and debriefing the crews post-flight.

“This year we tried to make it as realistic as possible so the crews can go back to their squadrons and teach others what they need to know to be prepared for what they might encounter in the future,” Marcus said.

Wing Hunt provided an opportunity for geographically separated units to test their skills as well as learn and apply training that can be passed on to those at their home base.

“The event was beneficial for both me and my pilot because it got us involved with other units, coordinating, developing plans and accomplishing more complex tasks with single objectives,” said Staff Sgt. William, sensor operator from the 138th Attack Squadron in Syracuse, N.Y. “The training we received is invaluable to the success and progress of our missions in the future.”

The annual event put the skills of the RPA crews to the test but also provided useful training for future operations and promoted camaraderie between all participating units.

“Overall the event was a success,” said Marcus. “It demonstrates our capabilities and teaches the Airmen how to properly employ in future environments.”

Winners of this year’s Wing Hunt competition are:

  • Best MQ-1 crew — 18th Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Best MQ-1 pilot — Capt. Brian, 20th RS
  • Best MQ-1 sensor operator — Airman 1st Class Jared, 18th RS
  • Best MQ-1 mission intelligence coordinator — Senior Airman Kenneth, 18th RS
  • Best MQ-9 crew — 17th RS
  • Best MQ-9 pilot — Capt. Matthew, 17th RS
  • Best MQ-9 sensor operator — Staff Sgt. Joshua, 432nd ATKS
  • Best MQ-9 mission intelligence coordinator — 2nd Lt. Samuel, 78th ATKS

The top test performers on the written exam for this year’s Wing Hunt competition are:

  • MQ-1 pilot — Capt Derek, 15th RS; Capt Brian, 20th RS
  • MQ-1 sensor operator — Airman 1st Class Jared, 18th RS
  • MQ-1 mission intelligence coordinator — Senior Airman Kenneth, 18th RS
  • MQ-9 pilot — Capt Scott, 9th ATKS; Capt Matthew, 17th RS; Capt Chad, 29th ATKS
  • MQ-9 sensor operator — Staff Sgt. Joshua, 432nd ATKS
  • MQ-9 mission intelligence coordinator — 2nd Lt. Samuel, 78th ATKS

The top weapons load crew for this year’s Wing Hunt competition is:
432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, MQ-9 “Reaper” Aircraft Maintenance Unit — Tech. Sgt. Adam Jacob; Senior Airman Jason Cava; Airman 1st Class Jasmine Wright




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