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Published:February 20th, 2019 19:02 EST

Davis-Monthan AFB Exercise Balances Flexibility, Survivability, Lethality

By SOP newswire3

Landing in an austere location, a small number of Airmen move at a rapid pace to accomplish a very specific mission. With only the supplies needed to survive for a week, they begin to unload food, shelter and equipment. After unloading, they set up a campsite as home base for their operations.

During this joint-force readiness exercise, known as Pegasus Forge, the 355th Wing`s dynamic forward adaptive basing team deployed a small number of A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and a team of hybrid Airmen from squadrons throughout the wing. The Airmen`s mission was to wield rapid combat power from a position of advantage with minimal footprint.

"We have a handful of Airmen who are all working outside of their normal [air force specialty codes]," said Maj. Gary Glojek, 354th Fighter Squadron A-10 pilot. "Our goal is to balance flexibility, survivability and lethality to provide options for combatant commanders."

Ready at a moment`s notice, these teams are equipped with cross-functional Airmen and an adequate amount of supplies in order to provide close air support at a forward off ground location.

"We need to have the ability to fly effective sorties from a location where we have minimal assets and still be efficient and lethal," said Staff Sgt. Anmoledeep Sandhu, 354th FS crew chief.

While the exercise tested effectiveness and efficiency, sustaining Davis-Monthan AFB`s ability to demolish adversaries is no trivial charge. Because this exercise was the first of its kind, it also served as a learning experience for many of the Airmen and their supervisors.

"We realized there were a few stumbling blocks with equipment and needing spare parts," Sandhu said. "This didn`t hinder our performance for the mission. We adapted fairly quickly and were able still be effective in completing our tasks."

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