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Airmen hone warfighter skills during Blue Flag exercise

“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to manage collaborative tools such as Defense Connect Online, Joint Training and Experimentation Network and Sharepoint,” said Senior Airman Clarisse Thomas, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Knowledge Operations Manager. “This ensures that exercise members are able to effectively communicate with downrange personnel as well as key members of the Air Force Forces staff.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to manage collaborative tools such as Defense Connect Online, Joint Training and Experimentation Network and Sharepoint,” said Senior Airman Clarisse Thomas, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Knowledge Operations Manager. “This ensures that exercise members are able to effectively communicate with downrange personnel as well as key members of the Air Force Forces staff.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to provide attorney support and to coordinate with members of the Air Force Forces staff on legal issues such as foreign claims, status of forces agreement issues, military justice/jurisdiction issued in our area of responsibility,” said Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Clark, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Judge Advocate office.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to provide attorney support and to coordinate with members of the Air Force Forces staff on legal issues such as foreign claims, status of forces agreement issues, military justice/jurisdiction issued in our area of responsibility,” said Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Clark, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Judge Advocate office.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to provide support for any aircraft mishaps and advise commanders on appropriate courses of actions regarding positioning of weapon munitions throughout the theater (to include drafting risk assessment for commander or higher headquarters approval),” said Master Sgt. Christopher Johnson, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Safety Office.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to provide support for any aircraft mishaps and advise commanders on appropriate courses of actions regarding positioning of weapon munitions throughout the theater (to include drafting risk assessment for commander or higher headquarters approval),” said Master Sgt. Christopher Johnson, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Safety Office.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to develop fuel unit type codes, based on aircraft flying demands, through the Joint Petroleum Office and through the Defense Logistics Agency…ensuring that all fuel needs are met throughout our area of responsibility,” said Tech. Sgt. Jason  Hazelwood, 183rd Air Wing fuels technician. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to develop fuel unit type codes, based on aircraft flying demands, through the Joint Petroleum Office and through the Defense Logistics Agency…ensuring that all fuel needs are met throughout our area of responsibility,” said Tech. Sgt. Jason Hazelwood, 183rd Air Wing fuels technician. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to move equipment from base-to-base and to respond to emergency logistical support in our area of responsibility,” said Tech. Sgt. Scott Stambaugh, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) logistics manager. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to move equipment from base-to-base and to respond to emergency logistical support in our area of responsibility,” said Tech. Sgt. Scott Stambaugh, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) logistics manager. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to assist with combat air support missions (by coordinating with air units to provide available aircraft),” said Airman 1st Class Hailie Van Hoosen, 612th Air and Space Operations Center Offensive Duty Technician. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to assist with combat air support missions (by coordinating with air units to provide available aircraft),” said Airman 1st Class Hailie Van Hoosen, 612th Air and Space Operations Center Offensive Duty Technician. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job in the Blue Flag exercise to maintain situational awareness of ongoing events in our area of responsibility and to coordinate with all military components and exercise players to determine dynamic targeting measures,” said Airman 1st Class Robert Aleman, 612th Air and Space Operations Center Offensive Duty Technician. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job in the Blue Flag exercise to maintain situational awareness of ongoing events in our area of responsibility and to coordinate with all military components and exercise players to determine dynamic targeting measures,” said Airman 1st Class Robert Aleman, 612th Air and Space Operations Center Offensive Duty Technician. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My role in the Blue Flag exercise is to execute electronic warfare taskings...coordinating with all military service components and available aircraft assets,” said Maj. Tim Kirch, 612th Air and Space Operations Center Electronic Warfare Officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My role in the Blue Flag exercise is to execute electronic warfare taskings...coordinating with all military service components and available aircraft assets,” said Maj. Tim Kirch, 612th Air and Space Operations Center Electronic Warfare Officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job during the Blue Flag exercise is to control all of the airlift requirements and to provide visibility to the commander for cargo requirements that need to be moved via airlift,” said Tech. Sgt. Amanda Smith, 612th Air and Space Operations Center Air Mobility Control Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job during the Blue Flag exercise is to control all of the airlift requirements and to provide visibility to the commander for cargo requirements that need to be moved via airlift,” said Tech. Sgt. Amanda Smith, 612th Air and Space Operations Center Air Mobility Control Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to coordinate between the Combined Air and Space Center (CAOC) and Stryker units in the air space,” said Senior Airman Julian Ross, 612th AOC Ground Track Coordinator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).
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“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to coordinate between the Combined Air and Space Center (CAOC) and Stryker units in the air space,” said Senior Airman Julian Ross, 612th AOC Ground Track Coordinator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to monitor our area of responsibility (AOR) for emerging threats to ensure minimal loss of life and destruction of property,” said Staff Sgt. Bridgett Kramer, 20th Intelligence Squadron Target Duty Officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).
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“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to monitor our area of responsibility (AOR) for emerging threats to ensure minimal loss of life and destruction of property,” said Staff Sgt. Bridgett Kramer, 20th Intelligence Squadron Target Duty Officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to setup websites...allowing everyone has access to pertinent information to effectively communicate with the entire staff,” said Senior Airman Holly Maze, 612th Air and Space Operations Center Combat Cell Reports. “I’m also responsible for monitoring chat rooms and keeping logs of important events to be included in a daily situation report.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).
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“My job in the Blue Flag exercise is to setup websites...allowing everyone has access to pertinent information to effectively communicate with the entire staff,” said Senior Airman Holly Maze, 612th Air and Space Operations Center Combat Cell Reports. “I’m also responsible for monitoring chat rooms and keeping logs of important events to be included in a daily situation report.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).

"My role in the Blue Flag exercise is to assist the commander in maintaining space superiority," said Lt. Col. Robert Jones, Director for Space Operations, 612th Air and Space Operations Center. "We provide  situational awareness on how space operations support our forces in the air and on the ground."
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"My role in the Blue Flag exercise is to assist the commander in maintaining space superiority," said Lt. Col. Robert Jones, Director for Space Operations, 612th Air and Space Operations Center. "We provide situational awareness on how space operations support our forces in the air and on the ground."

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Airmen at 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) and the 612th Air and Space Operations Center (AOC) are currently participating in a Blue Flag exercise.

The exercise, which officially kicked-off Feb. 8, trains the warfighter at the operational level in a realistic synthetic environment.

These missions simulate everything from successful air strikes to downed aircraft and insurgent activity. Missions unfold on the massive modeling and simulation systems located at the 505th Command and Control Wing, located at Hurlburt Field, Fla., and are fed back into systems in the 612th AOC at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

Blue Flag exercises teach strategy, planning procedures, targeting, execution and processes to employ air, space and information operations in a major theater campaign.

The exercise will culminate Feb. 14.

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