USAF 492nd Fighter Squadron completes ACE training at RAF Lakenheath
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USAF 492nd Fighter Squadron completes ACE training at RAF Lakenheath

20 Jan 2021

The US Air Force’s (USAF) 492nd Fighter Squadron has finished an Agile Combat Employment (ACE) training.

USAF 492nd Fighter Squadron completes ACE training at RAF Lakenheath
48th Fighter Wing aircraft line the apron in a simulated deployment environment during ACE training at RAF Lakenheath. Credit: USAF / Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte.

The US Air Force’s (USAF) 492nd Fighter Squadron has finished an Agile Combat Employment (ACE) training.

The three-day exercise was conducted at British Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath in the UK.

It included the participation of four F-15E Strike Eagles and a 14-airmen maintenance team.

The ACE concept is aimed at developing multi-capable airmen and aircrew.

Participants were put through cross-discipline training to learn new skills outside their normal daily duties, enhance mission readiness and hone their capabilities.

USAF 492nd Fighter Squadron F-15E pilot captain David Spieker said: “We had a subject matter expert from each career field, and we were all learning and executing each other’s duties.

“It helps everyone gain an appreciation of each other’s jobs and makes cooperation more successful in the future.”

During the training, the fighter jets’ aircrew and airmen took part in a simulated deployment environment at a forward-operating base at RAF Lakenheath airfield.

In support of the mission at the base, two of the aircraft landed at RAF Leuchars Airfield, Scotland, for refuelling.

Leuchars Diversion Airfield commanding officer Barry Flynn said: “The visit of two 48th Fighter Wing F-15’s was a great example of a well-planned and proficiently executed mission.

“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.”