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Agile Combat Employment: the future of the 48th Fighter Wing

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Miguel Talamantes, 492nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, performs routine pre-flight checks on an F-15E Strike Eagle during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021.  Exercising elements of ACE enables U.S. Air Forces in Europe to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support, ensuring Airmen and aircrews are postured to deliver lethal combat power across the spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Miguel Talamantes, 492nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, performs routine pre-flight checks on an F-15E Strike Eagle during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Exercising elements of ACE enables U.S. Air Forces in Europe to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support, ensuring Airmen and aircrews are postured to deliver lethal combat power across the spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

48th Fighter Wing aircraft line the apron in a simulated deployment environment during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Agile Combat Employment capabilities ensure U.S. Air Forces in Europe, along with allies and partners, are ready for potential last minute contingencies by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

48th Fighter Wing aircraft line the apron in a simulated deployment environment during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Agile Combat Employment capabilities ensure U.S. Air Forces in Europe, along with allies and partners, are ready for potential last minute contingencies by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron receive fuel during an Agile Combat Employment exercise at Royal Air Force Leuchars Airfield, Scotland, Jan. 11, 2021. Agile Combat Employment ensures U.S. Air Forces in Europe, along with allies and partners, are ready for potential last minute contingencies by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support. (Courtesy photo)

F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron receive fuel during an Agile Combat Employment exercise at Royal Air Force Leuchars Airfield, Scotland, Jan. 11, 2021. Agile Combat Employment ensures U.S. Air Forces in Europe, along with allies and partners, are ready for potential last minute contingencies by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform pre-flight checks on an F-15E Strike Eagle during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Exercising elements of ACE enables U.S. Air Forces in Europe to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support, ensuring Airmen and aircrews are postured to deliver lethal combat power across the spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform pre-flight checks on an F-15E Strike Eagle during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Exercising elements of ACE enables U.S. Air Forces in Europe to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support, ensuring Airmen and aircrews are postured to deliver lethal combat power across the spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

A U.S. Air Force Airman from the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron performs pre-flight checks on an F-15E Strike Eagle during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Agile Combat Employment capabilities ensure U.S. Air Forces in Europe, along with allies and partners, are ready for potential last minute contingencies by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

A U.S. Air Force Airman from the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron performs pre-flight checks on an F-15E Strike Eagle during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Agile Combat Employment capabilities ensure U.S. Air Forces in Europe, along with allies and partners, are ready for potential last minute contingencies by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

A U.S. Air Force aircrew member assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron prepares to enter the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle prior to evening take-offs during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Training incorporating ACE concepts contribute to the development of multi-capable Airmen and aircrew, improving interoperability and helping allies and partners increase their capabilities in less than optimal environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

A U.S. Air Force aircrew member assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron prepares to enter the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle prior to evening take-offs during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Training incorporating ACE concepts contribute to the development of multi-capable Airmen and aircrew, improving interoperability and helping allies and partners increase their capabilities in less than optimal environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Phillip Dougherty, 492nd Fighter Squadron weapons system officer, receives a briefing on fuel hose attachment during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Exercising elements of ACE enables U.S. Air Forces in Europe to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support, ensuring Airmen and aircrews are postured to deliver lethal combat power across the spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Phillip Dougherty, 492nd Fighter Squadron weapons system officer, receives a briefing on fuel hose attachment during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Exercising elements of ACE enables U.S. Air Forces in Europe to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support, ensuring Airmen and aircrews are postured to deliver lethal combat power across the spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron direct an F-15E Strike Eagle onto the apron during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Agile Combat Employment capabilities ensure U.S. Air Forces in Europe, along with allies and partners, are ready for potential last minute contingencies by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron direct an F-15E Strike Eagle onto the apron during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Agile Combat Employment capabilities ensure U.S. Air Forces in Europe, along with allies and partners, are ready for potential last minute contingencies by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron returns from a sortie during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Training incorporating ACE concepts contribute to the development of multi-capable Airmen and aircrew, improving interoperability and helping allies and partners increase their capabilities in less than optimal environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron returns from a sortie during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Training incorporating ACE concepts contribute to the development of multi-capable Airmen and aircrew, improving interoperability and helping allies and partners increase their capabilities in less than optimal environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron salutes aircrew as they taxi onto the flightline during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Exercising elements of ACE enables U.S. Air Forces in Europe to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support, ensuring Airmen and aircrews are postured to deliver lethal combat power across the spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
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A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron salutes aircrew as they taxi onto the flightline during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Exercising elements of ACE enables U.S. Air Forces in Europe to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support, ensuring Airmen and aircrews are postured to deliver lethal combat power across the spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joseph Robinson, 492nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, performs post flight checks on an F-15E Strike eagle during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Agile Combat Employment capabilities ensure U.S. Air Forces in Europe, along with allies and partners, are ready for potential last minute contingencies by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joseph Robinson, 492nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, performs post flight checks on an F-15E Strike eagle during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Agile Combat Employment capabilities ensure U.S. Air Forces in Europe, along with allies and partners, are ready for potential last minute contingencies by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Heard, 492nd Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle pilot, maintains visual communication with ground crew prior to take-off during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Training incorporating ACE concepts contribute to the development of multi-capable Airmen and aircrew, improving interoperability and helping allies and partners increase their capabilities in less than optimal environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Heard, 492nd Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle pilot, maintains visual communication with ground crew prior to take-off during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Training incorporating ACE concepts contribute to the development of multi-capable Airmen and aircrew, improving interoperability and helping allies and partners increase their capabilities in less than optimal environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Miguel Talamantes, 492nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, secures a panel on an F-15E Strike Eagle during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Exercising elements of ACE enables U.S. Air Forces in Europe to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support, ensuring Airmen and aircrews are postured to deliver lethal combat power across the spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Miguel Talamantes, 492nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, secures a panel on an F-15E Strike Eagle during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Exercising elements of ACE enables U.S. Air Forces in Europe to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support, ensuring Airmen and aircrews are postured to deliver lethal combat power across the spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Miguel Talamantes, 492nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, secures a panel on an F-15E Strike Eagle during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Training incorporating ACE concepts contribute to the development of multi-capable Airmen and aircrew, improving interoperability and helping allies and partners increase their capabilities in less than optimal environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Miguel Talamantes, 492nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, secures a panel on an F-15E Strike Eagle during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Training incorporating ACE concepts contribute to the development of multi-capable Airmen and aircrew, improving interoperability and helping allies and partners increase their capabilities in less than optimal environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England --

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — The 492nd Fighter Squadron completed a three-day Agile Combat Employment exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 13, 2020.

Four F-15E Strike Eagles and a 14-Airmen maintenance team with limited support equipment participated in a simulated deployment to a forward-operating base on the north side of the RAF Lakenheath airfield. Airmen and aircrew underwent cross-discipline training, learning new skill sets from their peers in other career fields.

“We had a subject matter expert from each career field, and we were all learning and executing each other's duties,” said Capt. David Spieker, 492nd Fighter Squadron F-15E pilot. “It helps everyone gain an appreciation of each other's jobs and makes cooperation more successful in the future.”

The ACE concept aims to develop Airmen who are adept in disciplines outside of their normal day-to-day duties. Exercises like this contribute to the evolution of a force of multi-capable Airmen and aircrew, improving mission readiness and increasing capabilities in less than optimal environments.

As part of the training to accomplish the mission at a forward-operating base, two of the aircraft landed at RAF Leuchars Airfield in Scotland on Monday, Jan. 11 for refueling.

“The visit of two 48th Fighter Wing F-15’s was a great example of a well-planned and proficiently executed mission,” said Squadron Leader Barry Flynn, Officer Commanding Leuchars Diversion Airfield. “The USAF planners did an exceptional job of keeping Leuchars informed of requirements and timings, which ensured a smooth-running operation. This visit is hopefully the first step of a friendship between the 48th Fighter Wing and Leuchars Airfield.”

Agile Combat Employment reduces the personnel footprint required to deploy forces on short-notice or no-notice operations, ensuring Liberty Wing Airmen and aircrews are postured to respond across the spectrum of military operations. Utilizing these concepts improves mobility and interoperability with partners and allies, and ensures U.S. Air Forces in Europe are ready to deliver combat airpower when called upon.