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ISR platforms level-up in Agile Combat Employment capstone

Capstone event validates AFCENT ACE capabilities

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Courtland Holloway, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron airborne maintenance technician, waits for an EC-130 Compass Call to taxi out as part of a U.S. Air Forces Central (AFCENT) Agile Combat Employment (ACE) capstone event at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, March 3, 2021. AFCENT is conducting a capstone event with joint and partner forces that enhance theater ACE competencies, validating operational capabilities and command and control while simultaneously strengthening regional partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Miranda A. Loera)

Capstone event validates AFCENT ACE capabilities

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Andrew Shellhammer, 380th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron [title] expeditor, marshals out an EC-130 Compass Call as part of a U.S. Air Forces Central (AFCENT) Agile Combat Employment (ACE) capstone event at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, March 3, 2021. AFCENT is conducting a capstone event with joint and partner forces that enhance theater ACE competencies, validating operational capabilities and command and control while simultaneously strengthening regional partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Miranda A. Loera)

Capstone event validates AFCENT ACE capabilities

An U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron waits for the aircrew to step as part of a U.S. Air Forces Central (AFCENT) Agile Combat Employment (ACE) capstone event at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, March 3, 2021. AFCENT is operationalizing ACE concepts designed for agility, deterrence and resiliency, which are essential to defense and operational capability in a contested environment (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Miranda A. Loera)

Capstone event validates AFCENT ACE capabilities

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform a last check on an EC-130 Compass Call as part of a U.S. Air Forces Central (AFCENT) Agile Combat Employment (ACE) capstone event at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, March 3, 2021. AFCENT is operationalizing ACE concepts designed to be more agile in execution, more strategic in deterrence and more resilient in capability. Agility, deterrence and resiliency are essential to defense and operational capability in a contested environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Miranda A. Loera)

An E-3 Sentry (AWACS) and E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft sit on the flightline at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, March 1, 2021.

A U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry (AWACS) and E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft sit on the flightline at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, March 1, 2021. The Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platforms were at PSAB in advance of participating in an Agile Combat Employment capstone event. The event follows a series of ACE events throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility that enhance theater airpower competencies, validate operational capabilities and command and control while simultaneously strengthening regional partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photos by Master Sgt. Wes Wright)

AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates --

Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platforms assigned to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing conducted rapid airpower movements in support of a U.S. Air Forces Central Agile Combat Employment capstone event from Feb. 28 to March 4.

Aircrews and maintainers supporting the EC-130H Compass Call, E-3G Sentry and E-11A dispersed from Al Dhafra Air Base to other U.S. Central Command airfields in order to demonstrate flexibility in executing combat operations with minimal resources.

“We wanted to display our ability to quickly react, relocate, and bring electromagnetic spectrum dominance to the fight, wherever that may be,” said Lt. Col. Jarreau Jones, 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron commander. “We are not limited by austere location or an adversary’s attempt to outrange us or run away.”

During the capstone event, an EC-130H assigned to the 41st EECS staged at an undisclosed location, while still delivering combat airpower in the electromagnetic spectrum. Similarly, an E-3G assigned to the 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron, as well as an E-11 assigned to the 430th EECS tested their ability to execute the mission from Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia.

“I’m proud of our aircrew and maintainers who charged into this event and demonstrated their ability to employ world class battle management and command and control anytime, and more importantly, from anywhere.” said Lt. Col. Terry Hjerpe, 968th EAACS commander.

While dispersed throughout the theater, 380th AEW Airmen and aircraft also integrated with partners participating in the ACE capstone.

“The E-11 joined other assets to meet mission requirements, pushing capabilities to the next level and fostering innovation from our Airmen,” said Lt. Col. Gregory Steenberge, 430th EECS commander.