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ACC to certify first lead wing at AGILE FLAG 22-2

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  • By Staff Sgt. River Bruce
  • Air Combat Command Public Affairs

Air Combat Command’s recent transformation will be on full display during AGILE FLAG 22-2 in Savannah, Georgia, and various locations throughout Florida, July 20 - 28.

ACC has evolved in the past year, revamping wing organization to align with the Air Force Force Generation model to create “lead wings,” which are tailorable and deployable packages of combat airpower assets and Airmen. During AGILE FLAG, the 23rd Wing from Moody AFB, Georgia, will test its ability to deploy into theater as a lead wing.

This exercise is part of a certification process for the 23rd Wing, which will be ACC’s first certified lead wing as the command prepares to meet the initial operating capability for Combat Air Force Force Generation in October 2022.

This iteration will test the lead wing commander’s ability to generate combat airpower while continuing to move, maneuver, and sustain the wing and subordinate force elements in a dynamic and contested environment.

"AGILE FLAG is a capstone event that provides our lead wing commanders, their units and other force elements the opportunity to train together to tackle the challenges that they'll experience in Adaptive Operations In Combat Environments," said Maj. Gen. Michael G. Koscheski, 15th AF commander. "As we begin to implement AFFORGEN, 15th AF will certify lead wings under this construct. AGILE FLAG 22-2 is an important step towards implementing the AFFORGEN model for agile combat support and wing command and control force elements.”

As part of AGILE FLAG, F-16s from the 77th Fighter Squadron from Shaw AFB, South Carolina, will join aircraft and Airmen from Moody AFB to form the lead wing. Bringing in other major commands, Air Mobility Command’s 317th Airlift Wing and 621st Contingency Response Wing, with Air Force Special Operations Command’s 492nd Special Operations Wing and total force partners from MacDill AFB, Florida, will support the lead wing operating in a dynamic and contested environment. Additionally, air traffic control and combat communication personnel from Robins AFB, Georgia, will assist in establishing communication infrastructure throughout the various locations of the exercise.