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U.S. Air Force Capt. Zachary Peters, 354th Fighter Squadron Future War Department chief, conducts pre- flight checks on the flight line at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Aug. 22, 2020. Airmen from the 355th Wing traveled to Little Rock to train their ability to set up and execute operations in a potentially remote, austere and contested environment. This proof of concept training exercise to further advance the capabilities of the 355th Dynamic Wing as it aligns with the National Defense Strategy and Department of Defense senior leadership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob T. Stephens)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 355th Wing move gear on the flight line at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Aug. 22, 2020. Airmen from the 355th Wing traveled to Little Rock to train their ability to load and download equipment to set up operations in a potentially remote, austere and contested environment. This training proved the Airmen’s ability to execute both dynamic forward adaptive basing and agile combat employment concepts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob T. Stephens)

A photo of an Airman strapping down cargo

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 355th Maintenance Group strap down cargo on the flight line at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Aug. 22, 2020. Airmen from the 355th Wing traveled to Little Rock to train their ability to set up and execute operations in a potentially remote, austere and contested environment. This training proved the Airmen’s ability to execute both dynamic forward adaptive basing and agile combat employment concepts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob T. Stephens)

A photo of an Airman strapping down cargo

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 355th Maintenance Group strap down cargo on the flight line at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Aug. 22, 2020. Airmen from the 355th Wing traveled to Little Rock to train their ability to set up and execute operations in a potentially remote, austere and contested environment. This training proved the Airmen’s ability to execute both dynamic forward adaptive basing and agile combat employment concepts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob T. Stephens)

A photo of Airmen strapping down cargo

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 355th Maintenance Group strap down cargo on the flight line at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Aug. 22, 2020. Airmen from the 355th Wing traveled to Little Rock to train their ability to set up and execute operations in a potentially remote, austere and contested environment. This training proved the Airmen’s ability to execute both dynamic forward adaptive basing and agile combat employment concepts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob T. Stephens)

A photo of Airmen moving gear

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 355th Wing move gear on the flight line at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Aug. 22, 2020. Airmen from the 355th Wing traveled to Little Rock to train their ability to load and download equipment to set up operations in a potentially remote, austere and contested environment. This training proved the Airmen’s ability to execute both dynamic forward adaptive basing and agile combat employment concepts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob T. Stephens)

A photo of an A-10 flying

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II flies next to a C-130H Hercules over Alexandria, Louisiana, Aug. 21, 2020. Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Little Rock AFB worked together to perform a dry refuel hookup and other procedures to simulate operations in a potentially austere and contested location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob T. Stephens)

A photo of Airmen refueling an A-10

U.S. Air Force Airmen walk towards a C-130H Hercules on a flight line in Alexandria, Louisiana, Aug. 21, 2020. Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Little Rock AFB worked together to perform a dry refuel hookup and other procedures to simulate operations in a potentially austere and contested location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob T. Stephens)

A photo of Airmen loading cargo

U.S. Air Force Airmen load a C-130H Hercules on the flight line at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Aug. 21, 2020. Airmen from the 355th Wing traveled to Little Rock to train their ability to load and download equipment to set up operations in a potentially remote, austere and contested environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob T. Stephens)

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U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs sit on the flight line at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Aug. 21, 2020. Airmen from the 355th Wing participated in a proof of concept training exercise to further advance the capabilities of the 355th Dynamic Wing as it aligns with the National Defense Strategy and Department of Defense senior leadership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob T. Stephens)

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Airmen from the 355th Wing strengthened the Dynamic Wing concept by traveling to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, for training from Aug. 20-22.

The ability to execute the mission in a potentially contested and austere environment is critical in the ever-changing climate of war. The 355th Wing is focusing on developing dynamic forward adaptive basing and agile combat employment concepts through the ability and training of its Airmen to be ready and multi-functional.

“Our training involved not only the 354th Fighter Squadron and 355th Maintenance Group, but we also tied in the 34th Combat Training Squadron and 39th Airlift Squadron,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Joel Russo, 354th FS A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot. “We set up spoke operations and operated as if we were actually in that situation by only using the equipment that was available to us.”

The 39th AS from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, provided airlift support via a C-130J Super Hercules that transported personnel and equipment from Davis-Monthan out to Little Rock. This support was critical as it practiced interoperability between major commands supporting each other’s mission, as well as ensuring that the mission objectives of the trip could be executed.

“The mission was essentially to see our abilities in working from a remote location with minimal equipment and personnel,” said Tech. Sgt. Mark Smith, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Flight troop. “We built and loaded GBU-12s, a 500 pound bomb, as a proof of concept. We proved that we can take this munition off of an aircraft safely, get them built up and reload the aircraft as they come down. We need to know our capabilities and limiting factors so even if these aircraft are coming down from a remote location, we can get them reloaded and back into the fight.”

Training Airmen to be ready to execute the mission in different situations and settings is extremely important for overall readiness. The Airmen involved in the training performed a variety of missions including munitions building and forward air refueling points in different locations to include LRAFB and Alexandria, Louisiana.

“Hopefully by doing these trips in a training environment, we will be able to create solutions that units and commanders Air Force wide can take, adapt and apply to quickly deploy forces,” said Russo. “This will extend our combat reach, as well as increase access and presence in a variety of combat areas that were previously considered unreachable to become more effective and lethal in a future war environment.”

This continued proof of concept training exercise further advanced the capabilities of the 355th Dynamic Wing as it aligns with the National Defense Strategy and Department of Defense senior leadership. This was achieved by integrating other units while also improving the wing’s own tactics, techniques and procedures as it continues to lead the Air Force in high-end readiness for any potential threat or adversary that may arise.