Moody Airmen depart for Green Flag-West

An A-10C Thunderbolt II speeds down a runway in preparation for Green Flag-West, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. During Green Flag-West, there will be a large force-on-force fight with the more than 6,000 U.S. Army Soldiers, designed to hone the skills required to integrate fixed-wing assets with ground forces. (U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II speeds down a runway in preparation for Green Flag-West, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. During Green Flag-West, there will be a large force-on-force fight with the more than 6,000 U.S. Army Soldiers, designed to hone the skills required to integrate fixed-wing assets with ground forces. (U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

Capt. Thomas Ainscough, 74th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot, laughs while waiting to taxi to the flightline, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Ainscough and other Airmen and aircraft from the 74th FS were preparing to depart for a two-week long exercise at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. (U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

Capt. Thomas Ainscough, 74th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot, laughs while waiting to taxi to the flightline, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Ainscough and other Airmen and aircraft from the 74th FS were preparing to depart for a two-week long exercise at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. (U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

Senior Airman John Johnson, 23d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs a pre-flight inspection on an A-10C Thunderbolt II, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Pilots, aircraft and maintainers traveled to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas to participate in Green Flag-West. (U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

Senior Airman John Johnson, 23d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs a pre-flight inspection on an A-10C Thunderbolt II, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Pilots, aircraft and maintainers traveled to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas to participate in Green Flag-West. (U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

A headset hangs under the wing of an A-10C Thunderbolt II, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The A-10C provides close air support when Airmen are downrange and during realistic training exercises. (U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

A headset hangs under the wing of an A-10C Thunderbolt II, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The A-10C provides close air support when Airmen are downrange and during realistic training exercises. (U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

A-10C Thunderbolt IIs taxi to the flightline Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The A-10Cs departed Moody to participate in Green Flag-West. Exercises like Green Flag-West offer pilots the opportunity to train alongside Army and special forces units. (U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

A-10C Thunderbolt IIs taxi to the flightline Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The A-10Cs departed Moody to participate in Green Flag-West. Exercises like Green Flag-West offer pilots the opportunity to train alongside Army and special forces units. (U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

Capt. Thomas Ainscough, 74th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot, talks with Senior Airman John Johnson, 23d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, while waiting to taxi to the runway, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. All four military branches participate in two Green Flag exercises annually. (U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

Capt. Thomas Ainscough, 74th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot, talks with Senior Airman John Johnson, 23d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, while waiting to taxi to the runway, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. All four military branches participate in two Green Flag exercises annually. (U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

Senior Airman John Johnson, 23d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, takes a break while waiting to marshal an A-10C Thunderbolt II, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twelve A-10Cs from the 74th Fighter Squadron left Moody to participate in Green Flag-West, a realistic air-land integration exercise designed to provide combat training to joint and coalition warfighters. (U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

Senior Airman John Johnson, 23d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, takes a break while waiting to marshal an A-10C Thunderbolt II, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Twelve A-10Cs from the 74th Fighter Squadron left Moody to participate in Green Flag-West, a realistic air-land integration exercise designed to provide combat training to joint and coalition warfighters. (U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II soars through the skies in preparation for Green Flag-West, Jan. 12, 2017, above Moody Air Force Base, Ga. During Green Flag-West, participants will encounter insurgency scenarios, geared specifically toward combating threats from small cell terror groups or more organized groups like the Taliban. (U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II soars through the skies in preparation for Green Flag-West, Jan. 12, 2017, above Moody Air Force Base, Ga. During Green Flag-West, participants will encounter insurgency scenarios, geared specifically toward combating threats from small cell terror groups or more organized groups like the Taliban. (U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 74th Fighter Squadron launches in support of Green Flag-West, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Green Flag-West is an air-land integration exercise that the Air Force conducts with the U.S. Army. To hone their joint interoperability, the Army will conduct large-force exercises from the ground at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., while the Air Force provides close air support to support these training objectives at Nellis AFB, Nev.

An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 74th Fighter Squadron launches in support of Green Flag-West, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Green Flag-West is an air-land integration exercise that the Air Force conducts with the U.S. Army. To hone their joint interoperability, the Army will conduct large-force exercises from the ground at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., while the Air Force provides close air support to support these training objectives at Nellis AFB, Nev.

Capt. Andrew Nemethy, 74th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot, taxis to the runway to launch for Green Flag-West, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise boasts realistic air-land integration exercise designed to provide combat training to joint and coalition warfighters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Nash)
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Capt. Andrew Nemethy, 74th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot, taxis to the runway to launch for Green Flag-West, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise boasts realistic air-land integration exercise designed to provide combat training to joint and coalition warfighters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Nash)

Capt. Andrew Nemethy, 74th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot, performs a pre-flight inspection prior to launching for Green Flag-West, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Pilots from the 74th FS will fly to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. for two weeks to hone their joint interoperability with the U.S. Army to enhance their air-land integration capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Nash)
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Capt. Andrew Nemethy, 74th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot, performs a pre-flight inspection prior to launching for Green Flag-West, Jan. 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Pilots from the 74th FS will fly to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. for two weeks to hone their joint interoperability with the U.S. Army to enhance their air-land integration capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Nash)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Airmen and aircraft assigned to the 74th Fighter Squadron and the 23d Maintenance Group departed Thursday for a two-week long exercise at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.

 

Approximately 200 Airmen and 12 A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft will participate in Green Flag-West 17-03. The exercise is a realistic combat training exercise designed to provide combat training to joint and coalition warfighters in the art of air-land integration and the joint employment of airpower.

 

"Green Flag-West is an air-land integration exercise that we conduct with the Army,” said Lt. Col. Bryan France, 74th Fighter Squadron commander. “There are two large pieces to the exercise from a joint perspective.  The Army conducts a large-force exercise from the ground at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, [Calif.], while the Air Force provides close air support to support these training objectives.”

 

On average, all four military services, including guard and reserve components, participate in two Green Flag exercises annually. Green Flag exercises provide joint training for approximately 75,000 joint and coalition personnel each year.

 

“While at Green Flag, we will be conducting two different types of training during the exercise,” said Capt. James Knauss, 74th FS Charlie Flight commander and project officer for the exercise. “First, we will be conducting a large force-on-force fight with the more than 6,000 U.S. Army Soldiers, designed to hone our skills of integrating fixed-wing assets with ground forces. We will also be conducting counter insurgency scenarios geared specifically toward combating threats from small cell terror groups or more organized groups like ISIS or the Taliban.”

 

Not only does Green Flag provide these A-10 pilots the chance to conduct close air support in preparation for going down range, it also allows the squadrons to train alongside Army and special forces units. Additionally there will be opportunities to interact with the joint tactical control party members they may encounter while deployed this summer, an opportunity Knauss says they don't get that often.

 

“A lot of the training we receive at Green Flag-West is very similar with the type of stresses of integration we may encounter in combat operations,” said France. “Of course the scenarios and area of operations are not the same but the mission planning cycle, long hours, high sortie generation and increased demand on maintenance is similar to what we encounter in combat.”

 

“From start to finish, an exercise of this magnitude puts our skills to the test in both fighter and maintenance groups,” said France.