HomeNewsArticle Display

WPC executes milestone Air Force-Army integration exercise

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Warrior Preparation Center held the first U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army integrated Patriot missile defense exercise at Einsiedlerhof Air Station, Germany, April 12-18.

Airmen assigned to the 134th Air Control Squadron review information before exercise Spartan Shield 18-6, at Einsiedlerhof Air Station, Germany, April 17, 2018. The 134th ACS is an Air National Guard unit based out of McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Warrior Preparation Center held the first U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army integrated Patriot missile defense exercise at Einsiedlerhof Air Station, Germany, April 12-18.

Airmen and Soldiers assigned to the 134th Air Control Squadron and 678th Air Defense Artillery Brigade prepare for exercise Spartan Shield 18-6 at Einsiedlerhof Air Station, Germany April 17, 2018. Members from the 134th ACS make up the control and reporting center, while the 678th ADA members fulfill the air defense artillery fire coordination officer role. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

EINSIEDLERHOF AIR STATION, Germany (AFNS) -- United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa’s Warrior Preparation Center held exercise Spartan Shield 18-6, April 12-19, 2018. Spartan Shield was a simulated air and missile defense exercise and included members from the 134th Air Control Squadron; 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command; 678th Air Defense Artillery Brigade; and the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment.

Army Air Defense Artillery Fire Coordination Officers and Air Force Control and Reporting Center crews trained for five days, honing coordination and engagement capabilities in a simulated air and ground fight within the European theater.

“The exercise tested joint Patriot-CRC crew reactions against a range of simulated air and ballistic missile threats,” said Air Force Col. Michael Rider, WPC commander. “The new training infrastructure was validated and provided invaluable learning opportunities for all involved. Crews were immersed in a challenging air and missile defense scenario and performed perfectly as a team.”

“ADAFCOs provide de-confliction of the joint operating area airspace and provide protection of geopolitical assets as well as joint and combined air platforms,” said Army Maj. Blair Tighe, 678th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, South Carolina Army National Guard.

The CRC is responsible for the centralized command and control of the airspace within a given area. It is primarily made up of Air Force members, and often includes Army ADAFCO personnel who provide the communication bridge between the Army patriot missile batteries and the CRC.

“The rationale for the creation of the ADAFCO was to put a human balance factor in the CRC and Air Operation Center,” Tighe said. “In the past, the ADAFCO role was fulfilled by a computer program, but lessons learned showed a human factor was crucial to the success of safety and security.”

Air Force Maj. Ryan Jobman, European Integrated Air and Missile Defense Center chief of modeling and simulations, said the exercise was key in standing up a training facility for ADAFCOs within the European and African theaters.

“With this training exercise, we are setting the framework for future missile defense exercises,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Janelle Koch, EIAMDC contributor for Spartan Shield. “We would like to include more lower-tier missile defense into USAFE exercises to enhance the realism and fidelity of the training.”

Approximately nine months of planning and testing came to fruition through the work of the WPC staff.

"WPC's role is to ensure our warfighter's are ready for any scenario," said Air Force Lt. Col. Aaron McEwen, WPC operations division chief. "Our newest Spartan capability provides unprecedented, realistic CRC and ADAFCO training to the joint warfighter.”

McEwen and Tighe both said the collaboration produced results they hoped for to be able to prepare tactical warfighters and strengthen relationships in European defense.

“The opportunity to work with the Air Force and provide global security and stability to Europe and the United States is a humbling and exciting role,” Tighe said.

Engage

Twitter
RT @grandslamwing: #ICYMI Members from the 816th EAS and 379th ELRS certified training on the ABFDS, which allows the mission to continue f…
Twitter
“The #AirForce is really trying to look beyond traditional technologies and vendors in how we are satisfying our ba… https://t.co/Lt2dIO1zoi
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: Sentry Savannah brings together pilots and Airmen from across the nation for a unique fighter integration training experi…
Twitter
“This Pave Hawk represents the hard work and accomplishments of the men and women of the 55th Special Operations Sq… https://t.co/vb5f7qKaUH
Twitter
The @USAFReserve and the @AFThunderbirds recently flew @ForrestGriffin, a former @UFC champion and member of the UF… https://t.co/xgkO2ILOEq
Twitter
RT @USAFCENT: The @386thAEW is using Virtual Reality to create a fully immersive, simulated training experience for our defenders. This f…
Twitter
The pods help the MQ-9 play an increased, more prominent role in the command and control arena of the battlefield.… https://t.co/wW0LE4Uupf
Twitter
The purpose of the #F15EX’s participation in Northern Edge is to allow for immediate deep-end testing in a complex… https://t.co/xm3X2EpTiy
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Great visit to @US_CYBERCOM today. I appreciate the discussion with @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA & the teams that work in defense of…
Twitter
RT @US_TRANSCOM: #DYK, amid the ongoing #CovidPandemic, @AirMobilityCmd Airmen have employed the Transport Isolation System(TIS) and Negati…
Twitter
Invisible Wounds: Risk, Impact, and Available Resources Everyone is susceptible to invisible wounds. Its impact ca… https://t.co/yauTW2OU94
Twitter
Arthur Tien Chin was one of the first U.S. volunteer combat aviators, who traveled to China to battle in the Second… https://t.co/3xD2t3ZAEw
Twitter
RT @AFSpecOpsCmd: Service. Strength. Sacrifice.🇺🇸 #TillValhalla In honor of fallen @usairforce @SpecialTactics_ officer, Capt. Matthew Rola…
Twitter
What would happen if personnel needed to be rapidly deployed to a location where nothing was on the ground except a… https://t.co/dZT3YFYNG1
Twitter
“I have always been interested in global and international security, language, and adventure,” said A1C Jessica Ram… https://t.co/acayRIMWqb
Twitter
Happy Mother's Day! Today we honor our Airmen and Spouses who fill the role of mom. Your dedication and sacrifices… https://t.co/SBsHXqjw6N
Twitter
RT @USAFCENT: The 609th Air Operations Center made history this week when it became the first AOC to operationally utilize the Kessel Run A…
Twitter
Airmen from the 34th Fighter Squadron prepare to launch F-35A Lightning lls at Mt. Home Air Force Base, Idaho, duri… https://t.co/t41oTbPGNq
Twitter
“The #AirForceReserve is a cost-effective, accessible and ready force,” said Lt Gen Richard Scobee. “We provide str… https://t.co/mrPt6Xq5Vn
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,347,791
Follow Us