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U.S. Marines from the 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company clear a building during Mountain Roundup 2013 Urban Operations training Oct 8, 2013, at the Juniper Butte range. The 1st ANGLICO team members also called in close air support during the exercise to re-qualify JTACs and to maintain proficiency in their ability to provide CAS, while training with another major coalition partner nation – Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/RELEASED)

U.S. Marines from the 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company clear a building during Mountain Roundup 2013 Urban Operations training Oct 8, 2013, at the Juniper Butte range. The 1st ANGLICO team members also called in close air support during the exercise to re-qualify JTACs and to maintain proficiency in their ability to provide CAS, while training with another major coalition partner nation – Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/RELEASED)

U.S. Marine radio operator from the 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company works a close-air support mission during exercise Mountain Roundup 2013 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Oct. 2, 2013. Marine Capt. Charles Watt, 1st ANGLICO officer in-charge, led a combined-joint joint terminal attack controller team consisting of Marine Forward Air Controllers, and both German and U.S. Air Force JTACs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace/RELEASED)

U.S. Marine radio operator from the 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company works a close-air support mission during exercise Mountain Roundup 2013 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Oct. 2, 2013. Marine Capt. Charles Watt, 1st ANGLICO officer in-charge, led a combined-joint joint terminal attack controller team consisting of Marine Forward Air Controllers, and both German and U.S. Air Force JTACs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace/RELEASED)

U.S. Marine Capt. Erich Lloyd, 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company Supporting Arms Liaison Team Delta forward air controller, directs close-air support as SALT-D member Cpl. Andrew Dimauro uses an infrared pointing and illuminating laser (or B.E. Meyer’s ‘IZLID’) to ‘paint’ targets for inbound AV-8B Harriers. The training was part of exercise Mountain Roundup at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Oct. 8, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ben Sutton/RELEASED)

U.S. Marine Capt. Erich Lloyd, 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company Supporting Arms Liaison Team Delta forward air controller, directs close-air support as SALT-D member Cpl. Andrew Dimauro uses an infrared pointing and illuminating laser (or B.E. Meyer’s ‘IZLID’) to ‘paint’ targets for inbound AV-8B Harriers. The training was part of exercise Mountain Roundup at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Oct. 8, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ben Sutton/RELEASED)

A 391st Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle prepares to pop defensive flares during a close-air support mission during exercise Mountain Roundup 2013, at Saylor Creek bombing range near Mountain Air Force Base, Idaho, Oct. 16, 2013. The exercise kicked-off Sept. 30 and ended Oct. 16, and the goal was simple: everyone involved hoped to provide more-integrated and proficient combined-joint forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace/RELEASED)

A 391st Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle prepares to pop defensive flares during a close-air support mission during exercise Mountain Roundup 2013, at Saylor Creek bombing range near Mountain Air Force Base, Idaho, Oct. 16, 2013. The exercise kicked-off Sept. 30 and ended Oct. 16, and the goal was simple: everyone involved hoped to provide more-integrated and proficient combined-joint forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace/RELEASED)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Military aircraft and personnel from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and British Royal Army will perform exercise operations out of Mountain Home Air Force Base for the Gunfighter Flag military exercise March 10-14.

The exercise is designed to prepare multiple joint and coalition terminal attack controller teams for upcoming deployments as well as provide proficiency training for aircrews.

"This exercise epitomizes what we do at Mountain Home Air Force Base," said Col. Byron Anderson, 366th Fighter Wing vice commander. "We train combat-ready Airmen to deploy anywhere at any time and provide precision air power to our joint and coalition partners."

Gunfighter Flag is also an opportunity for ground crew members to train and respond to multiple daily launches. Scenarios were devised to train maintainers in a similar format to aircrew.

"Many exercise scenarios are devised to train maintainers and as aircrew," said Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs superintendent. "Many of these Gunfighters will have the rare opportunity to work with our Coalition warfighters in the continued effort to maximize combat readiness."

Wallace continued by stating how synchronization of multi-national efforts will be vital to achieve global security.

"There is a lot going on across the globe and this kind of exercise is really a fantastic way for our military and our partner nations to build the relationships necessary to fly, fight and win," he said.

Residents throughout the local area including Boise, Mountain Home, Grandview and Bruneau will see and hear an increase in aircraft flying in their vicinity from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. March 10-13, and from 1 to 4 p.m. March 14.

All training has been coordinated with the appropriate authorities. For more information, please contact the Mountain Home Air Force Base Public Affairs office at (208) 828-6800, or by email at 366FW/PA.Public.Affairs@us.af.mil.

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