An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Archives

NEWS | June 28, 2023

Air Guard, Allies Demonstrate Transatlantic Air Power at exercise Air Defender 43

By Tech. Sgt. Michelle Alvarez, 140th Wing Public Affairs

SCHLESWIG-JAGEL AIR BASE, Germany - The German Air Force led Air Defender 23 this month, bringing together the Air National Guard and allies in the most extensive air redeployment since the inception of NATO. 

Exercise AD23 was a powerful demonstration of a combat-ready, assertive and effective air force.

The German-led, multinational exercise focused on operational and tactical-level field training, primarily in Germany, with forward operating locations in the Czech Republic, Estonia and Latvia June 12-23.

Approximately 220 aircraft participated, with nearly 100 coming from more than 40 ANG units.

“The exercise strengthens our partnerships and builds trust across the alliance by integrating multiple nations’ airpower to defend our shared values,” said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Laura Clellan, adjutant general of the Colorado National Guard.

It is critical for the Air National Guard to train where it could deploy and alongside the multinational military units it could be deployed with in the future.

Lt. Col. Dustin Brown, 120th Fighter Squadron commander and detachment commander for the exercise, said pilots, aircrews and support personnel completed a range of air operations during the exercise.

“From the air-to-air arena, we are doing defensive counter air, which is defending areas from any sort of aggression,” Brown said. “We are also putting aircraft together in a composite package. So, some will be protecting others, others are going into areas finding targets, dropping weapons or striking targets. We are also doing personnel recovery and close air support.”

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Brittany Self, an aircraft armament systems technician, 140th Aircraft Maintenance, and a multicapable Airman, said the experience has only solidified that this is her dream job.

“While talking with the Airmen participating in AD23, I can see the pride they have in what they’ve accomplished as a team over the past couple weeks,” said U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Perry, command senior enlisted leader for the CONG. “This success would not be possible if not for their continued commitment to individual and unit readiness. Also, taking part in this exercise showcases how important their individual role fits into the deterrence objectives of the European theater.“

February 2024 (1)
January 2024 (3)
December 2023 (5)
November 2023 (3)
October 2023 (6)
September 2023 (2)
August 2023 (3)
July 2023 (6)
June 2023 (4)
May 2023 (6)
April 2023 (2)
March 2023 (2)
February 2023 (2)
January 2023 (6)
December 2022 (5)
November 2022 (5)
October 2022 (2)
September 2022 (7)
August 2022 (5)
July 2022 (3)
June 2022 (7)
May 2022 (3)
April 2022 (4)
March 2022 (3)
February 2022 (4)
January 2022 (5)
December 2021 (7)
November 2021 (3)
October 2021 (2)
September 2021 (2)
August 2021 (6)
July 2021 (4)
June 2021 (1)
May 2021 (5)
April 2021 (5)
March 2021 (5)
February 2021 (2)
January 2021 (3)
December 2020 (3)
November 2020 (7)
October 2020 (6)
September 2020 (6)
August 2020 (8)
July 2020 (9)
June 2020 (7)
May 2020 (10)
April 2020 (9)
March 2020 (2)
February 2020 (4)
January 2020 (5)
December 2019 (6)
November 2019 (2)
October 2019 (8)
September 2019 (4)
August 2019 (7)
July 2019 (5)
June 2019 (2)
May 2019 (6)
April 2019 (9)
March 2019 (2)
February 2019 (2)
January 2019 (3)
December 2018 (4)
November 2018 (6)
October 2018 (2)
September 2018 (3)
August 2018 (9)
July 2018 (1)
June 2018 (1)
May 2018 (1)
April 2018 (5)
October 2017 (1)
May 2017 (1)
April 2017 (2)
March 2017 (2)
February 2017 (3)
January 2017 (1)
November 2016 (1)
October 2016 (2)
September 2016 (5)
August 2016 (3)
July 2016 (4)
May 2016 (2)
April 2016 (3)
March 2016 (1)
February 2016 (4)
January 2016 (1)
December 2015 (1)
November 2015 (3)
October 2015 (3)
September 2015 (2)
August 2015 (1)
July 2015 (1)
June 2015 (2)
May 2015 (3)
March 2015 (1)
February 2015 (1)
October 2014 (1)
September 2014 (1)
June 2014 (1)
April 2014 (1)
May 2013 (1)
April 2013 (4)
March 2013 (8)
February 2013 (9)
January 2013 (7)
November 2012 (1)
April 2012 (2)
January 2012 (1)
March 2010 (1)