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NORTHERN EDGE 2009 is a joint training exercise scheduled for June 15-26, 2009. It is Alaska's premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, techniques and procedures, and enhance interoperability among the services. Over 9,000 participants from all the services, Airman, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, reserve and national guard units are involved.
Participants will sharpen their skills by practicing operations, techniques, and procedures. This improves Command, Control and Communication relationships, and develops interoperable plans and programs. NE09 provides the opportunity to hone current and test future applications of combat operations and weapon capabilities. This joint training event provides effective, flexible and capabilities-centered joint forces ready for deployment worldwide and enables real world proficiency in detection and tracking of units at sea, in the air and on land, and response to multiple crises
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6/2/2009 - A B-52 Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base, La. arrives at Eielson AFB, Alaska, May 31 in support of Northern Edge 2009. Northern Edge is a joint-training exercise involving everything from defensive counter and close air support to personnel recovery missions, all while integrating new weapon systems into the training
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6/5/2009 - MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) -- Since returning from a deployment to Iraq, Airmen of the 14th Fighter Squadron here spent the last three months executing a training plan to get all the pilots current and proficient in their home station mission.
The training plan to build proficiency, also known as reconstitution, will culminate this month with the squadron's participation in Exercise Northern Edge.
"For almost six months while in Iraq, we were tasked with close-air support and over-watch of friendly forces," said Lt. Col. Joseph McFall, a 14th Fighter Squadron operations officer. "Normally, our primary mission is force protection and suppression of enemy air defenses. We had no opportunity to train in air-to-air or (suppression of enemy air defenses) while we were over there."
Pilots must maintain certain currencies to remain proficient in various missions, Colonel McFall said. While deployed, most of those basic air-to-air and SEAD currencies lapsed. Once they returned home, members of the 14th FS devised a plan for pilots to regain their skill level and re-familiarize themselves with the local flying area.
"We needed to be ready to go to Northern Edge, so our plan was built around that," he said. "We built a plan to get us proficient by the time we arrive in Alaska."
Northern Edge 2009 is a joint training exercise scheduled for June 15 through 26 at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. It is Alaska's premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, techniques and procedures, and enhance interoperability among the services. More than 9,000 participants from all the services, Airman, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, Reserve and National Guard units are involved.
The first phase of the plan included three weeks of flying missions designed for pilots to regain the appropriate skill level in their primary mission. This also allowed the pilots to adjust to the high-gravitational demands of air-to-air combat flying.
"The first three weeks you get that feeling back," Colonel McFall said. "We have to retrain our bodies for high-G flying. It's a lot of muscle memory."
Following the first phase, all the pilots in the 14th FS had regained their currencies. If called upon, the squadron would be able to execute their mission, explained Colonel McFall. That didn't mean training was over. The next three months incorporated a building-block approach allowing pilots to strengthen various skills and build proficiencies.
"We had a three-month timeframe where we practiced every skill set we would need for one vs. one, two vs. one, two vs. two, and four vs. X," he said. "Air-to-air combat involves time-sensitive decisions and complex maneuvers and is fairly mentally taxing. It takes time and practice to get your pacing down."
With Northern Edge scheduled to begin in mid-June, the squadron is heading to Alaska early for the chance to get in some final training.
"Before the exercise officially begins, we will have approximately six days of flying where we will practice employment of live air-to-ground weapons," Colonel McFall said. "There are not suitable ranges here at home to let us drop live weapons. Additionally, we will be flying some air-to-air training with the aggressor squadron in Alaska to put the finishing touches on our reconstitution plan as we roll into the exercise. Our reconstitution phase methodically stepped us through building block skill sets that will be required to execute effectively in Northern Edge."
"For the majority of the exercise, we will be participating in the air-to-air and force protection role," the colonel said. "This is the first, big exercise since returning home. Our pilots are very excited to participate. Every good fighter pilot relishes the opportunity to fly in a scenario that tests all of the tactical skills that he or she has been practicing in day-to-day training."
Not only does Northern Edge give the 14th FS Airmen a chance to test their training plan, it will take it a step above, added Colonel McFall.
"Large force exercises like Northern Edge provide us a few benefits that we can't get here at home," he said. "First, we will be involved in scenarios involving up to 100 aircraft. This isn't possible with our normal flying schedule here. Second, we will get to face an extremely robust surface and air threat array on the Alaskan ranges that also isn't possible here at home. Finally, we get to employ and practice with our joint partners to hone our skills across multiple weapons systems and services. This is a great benefit."
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The 44th FS will augment the aggressors out of Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. "We'll have 12 F-15s here, including some of the V2 radar-equipped F-15s that were previously (assigned to) Elmendorf," said Farrar.
While the 44th FS is mainly assisting in the evaluation of the 3rd Wing during the ORI, its squadron members are receiving valuable training as well. "From Kadena, we typically have to fly over water. One of our biggest training benefits, while we're here, is doing some continuation training, or in-house training," the colonel said. "We get to fly overland; we get to practice our overland low-altitude procedures."
The 44th FS will also participate in Northern Edge June 12-26. Northern Edge is a joint training exercise designed to practice tactics, procedures, operations, and bring a better communication between the services.
"As we go into Northern Edge, we will gain numerous benefits in joint operations that we might participate in here in the Pacific theater," said Farrar.
For some of the Airmen, this will be an experience to see the Alaskan environments for the first time.
"I'm excited to see the base and what goes on here and kind of get a feel for the ops as far as this side," said Fuller.