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Bushwhacker and Mobility Guardian sharpen Dynamic Wing

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A U. S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules taxis by a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 354th Fighter Squadron performed ICTs during Mobility Guardian 2021, a large-scale rapid global mobility exercise that partnered various units from Air Mobility Command with units from Air Combat Command as a means of achieving operational readiness across the total force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II sits next to a U. S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules during integrated combat turns at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 354th Fighter Squadron performed ICTs during Mobility Guardian 2021, a large-scale rapid global mobility exercise that partnered various units from Air Mobility Command with units from Air Combat Command as a means of achieving operational readiness across the total force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II sits on the flightline at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 354th Fighter Squadron deployed to Alpena to participate in Mobility Guardian 2021, a large-scale rapid global mobility exercise hosted by Air Mobility Command and supported by Air Combat Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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Airmen from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load a munition to a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 354th AMU worked alongside the 61st and 41st Airlift Squadrons in order to perform integrated combat turns, allowing A-10 Thunderbolt IIs to expeditiously rearm and refuel in order to quickly resume air dominance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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An Airman from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit drives a MHU-83 Bomb Lift at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 354th AMU deployed to Alpena to perform integrated combat turns in support of Mobility Guardian 2021 allowing the 354th to exercise the Dynamic Wing concept and train dynamic force employment and agile combat employment in order to successfully defeat potential adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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An Airman from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit leads a munition to a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 354th AMU worked alongside the 61st and 41st Airlift Squadrons in order to perform integrated combat turns, allowing A-10 Thunderbolt IIs to rapidly rearm and refuel allowing the aircraft to quickly resume air dominance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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An Airmen from the 19th Airlift Wing carries a fueling nozzle to a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. Air Mobility Command and Air Combat Command worked alongside each other in order to conduct integrated combat turns during Mobility Guardian 2021, a large-scale rapid global mobility exercise set in austere locations in order to exercise operational readiness under the Dynamic Wing concept. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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An Airman from the 354th Fighter Squadron signals a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II to halt at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 354th FS worked alongside the 61st and 41st Airlift Squadrons in order to perform integrated combat turns, allowing A-10s to quickly rearm and refuel in order to reduce the pilot’s ground time and quickly resume air dominance.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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An Airman from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit preps munitions for integrated combat turns at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 354th AMU worked alongside the19th Airlift Wing in order to perform ICTs during Mobility Guardian 2021, a large-scale rapid global mobility exercise hosted in austere and contested locations to demonstrate the Dynamic Wing’s operational edge in uncertain and ambiguous situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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Airmen from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit prep munitions for integrated combat turns at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 354th AMU deployed to Alpena to conduct ICTs during Mobility Guardian 2021, a large-scale rapid global mobility exercise hosted in austere and contested locations to demonstrate the Dynamic Wing’s operational edge in uncertain and ambiguous situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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Airmen from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepare munitions for integrated combat turns at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 354th AMU performed ICTs alongside Airmen from the 19th Airlift Wing, a partnership between Air Mobility Command and Air Combat Command that allowed for the rapid re-arming and refueling of U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs during Mobility Guardian 2021 reducing the pilots ground time and resuming air dominance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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An Airman from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit preps munitions for integrated combat turns at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 354th AMU deployed to Alpena to conduct ICTs during Mobility Guardian 2021, a large-scale rapid global mobility exercise used to pursue the Dynamic Wing concept, strengthening dynamic force and agile combat employment capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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An Airman from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit preps munitions for integrated combat turns at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 354th AMU performed ICTs alongside Airmen from the 19th Airlift Wing, a partnership between Air Mobility Command and Air Combat Command that allowed for the rapid re-arming and refueling of U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs during Mobility Guardian 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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An Airmen from the 19th Airlift Wing carries a fueling nozzle near a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. Air Mobility Command and Air Combat Command worked alongside each other in order to conduct integrated combat turns during Mobility Guardian 2021, a large-scale rapid global mobility exercise set in austere locations in order to exercise operational readiness under the Dynamic Wing concept. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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Airmen from the 19th Airlift Wing prepare for refueling near a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 354th Fighter Squadron worked alongside the 61st and 41st Airlift Squadrons in order to perform integrated combat turns, a rapid turnaround process that allowed A-10s to quickly rearm and refuel during Mobility Guardian 2021 reducing the pilot’s ground time to quickly resume air dominance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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An Airmen from the 19th Airlift Wing prepares a hose for refueling at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 354th Fighter Squadron worked alongside the 61st and 41st Airlift Squadrons in order to perform integrated combat turns, a rapid turnaround process that allowed U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs to quickly rearm and refuel during Mobility Guardian 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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An Airman from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit signals a U. S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules from the 19th Airlift Wing to halt at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. Air Mobility Command and Air Combat Command worked alongside each other in order to conduct integrated combat turns, a process that allows aircraft to rapidly rearm munitions and refuel in order to reduce the pilot’s ground time and quickly resume air dominance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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A tool box sits near a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit performed integrated combat turns during Mobility Guardian 2021, a large-scale rapid global mobility exercise that partnered various units from Air Mobility Command with units from Air Combat Command as a means of achieving operational readiness across the total force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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An Airman from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit drives a MHU-83 Bomb Lift at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 354th AMU deployed to Alpena to perform integrated combat turns in support of Mobility Guardian 2021, allowing the 354th to exercise the Dynamic Wing concept and train dynamic force employment and agile combat employment in order to successfully defeat potential adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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An Airman from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit rolls a tool box on the flightline at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 354th AMU worked alongside the 61st and 41st Airlift Squadrons in order to perform integrated combat turns, allowing U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs to quickly rearm and refuel in order to reduce the pilot’s ground time and quickly resume air dominance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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A U. S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules sits on the flightline at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. Air Mobility Command and Air Combat Command worked alongside each other in order to conduct integrated combat turns, a process that allows aircraft to rapidly rearm munitions and refuel in order to reduce the pilot’s ground time and quickly resume air dominance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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An Airman from the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron monitors gauges on a fuel truck at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 25, 2021. The 19th LRS refueled an Aerial Bulk Fuel Delivery System for integrated combat turns, allowing A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Fighter Squadron to quickly refuel during Mobility Guardian 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brenden Sutherland, 354th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II flightline expediter, stands on the flightline at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wisconsin, May 22, 2021. Sutherland performed A-10 hot refueling during the night shift, a capability that allows the 354th to rapidly refuel aircraft in between combat sorties for a faster turnaround time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brenden Sutherland, 354th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II flightline expediter, stands on the flightline at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wisconsin, May 22, 2021. Sutherland performed A-10 hot refueling during Mobility Guardian 2021, a large-scale rapid global mobility exercise designed to test the rapid deployment capabilities of the Dynamic Wing concept. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Deland Reed, 354th Fighter Squadron dedicated crew chief, moves a ladder in front of an A-10 Thunderbolt II at Young Tactical Landing Site, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, May 22, 2021. The 354th Fighter Squadron deployed to an unpaved landing zone in support of Mobility Guardian 2021 to exercise the Dynamic Wing concept, as well as dynamic force and agile combat employment, which prepares Airmen for potential conflict with adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II lands at Young Tactical Landing Site, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, May 22, 2021. The 354th Fighter Squadron deployed to an unpaved landing zone to test the operational agility of the 355th Wing in austere and contested locations, a priority of Air Mobility Command’s Mobility Guardian 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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Airmen from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit recover an A-10 Thunderbolt II after landing at Young Tactical Landing Site, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, May 22, 2021. The 354th Fighter Squadron deployed to an unpaved landing zone in support of Mobility Guardian 2021 to exercise the Dynamic Wing concept, as well as dynamic force and agile combat employment, which prepares Airmen for potential conflict with adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II taxis at Young Tactical Landing Site, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, May 22, 2021. The 354th Fighter Squadron deployed to an unpaved landing zone in support of Mobility Guardian 2021 to exercise the Dynamic Wing concept that utilizes dynamic force and agile combat employment in order to successfully establish, sustain and defend the base with organic command and control. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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Senior Airman Christian Moran-Rudd, 355th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, clears an A-10 Thunderbolt II for a low approach at Young Tactical Landing Site, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, May 21, 2021. The 355th OSS deployed to an unpaved landing zone in support of Mobility Guardian 2021, a large-scale rapid global mobility exercise used to pursue the Dynamic Wing concept, strengthening dynamic force and agile combat employment capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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Senior Airman Christian Moran-Rudd, 355th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, monitors radio chatter at Young Tactical Landing Site, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, May 21, 2021. The 355th OSS deployed to an unpaved landing zone in support of Mobility Guardian 2021 to exercise the Dynamic Wing concept, as well as dynamic force and agile combat employment, which prepares Airmen for potential conflict with adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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Senior Airman Justin Dodson Wildermuth, 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons armament specialist, ties his boot in a simulated contested environment at Young Tactical Landing Site, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, May 21, 2021. The 354th AMU deployed to an unpaved landing zone in order to recover A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft after landing during Mobility Guardian 2021, a large-scale rapid global mobility exercise set in austere locations as a means of testing operational readiness under the Dynamic Wing concept. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

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A group of Airmen from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit stand next to tents at Young Tactical Landing Site, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, May 21, 2021. The 354th AMU deployed to an unpaved landing zone in order to recover A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft after landing during Mobility Guardian 2021, a large-scale rapid global mobility exercise set in austere locations as a means of testing operational readiness under the Dynamic Wing concept. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Blake Gonzales)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz --

Airmen from the 355th Wing executed exercise Bushwhacker 21-2, as well as participated in exercise Mobility Guardian 2021, at locations across the country, May 17 - 25, 2021.

The wing’s rescue and attack missions trained to improve capabilities in dynamic forward adaptive basing and agile combat employment as the Dynamic Wing continues to develop and remains on the leading edge of the Air Force.

“Participating in these exercises allowed our squadron to work from a forward operating base and maneuver out to four contingency locations in less than a week,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Gary Glojek, 354th Fighter Squadron commander. “With the mobility assets here to help us move, we were able to fulfill training orders and missions including integrated combat turns, landing on an unpaved runway; and build-up and sustain a base using the skills our multi-capable Airmen have learned over the last year.”

This training proves the readiness of our Airmen meets the needs of tomorrow’s Air Force today by operating in potentially austere and contested environments with minimal command and control. In doing this, the Dynamic Wing has continued to prove that it can rapidly wield combat airpower anywhere, anytime to deter and defeat any adversary.

“By having mobility assets here to reconstitute our gear and our people like we would need downrange, we are training a capability that we don’t always have,” Glojek said. “Typically, resupply of fuel and weapons is one of our biggest challenges and having mobility aircraft bring us what we need helps us turn jets from smaller contingency locations and stay in the fight. This helps us move to more contingency locations and see how we can become more agile, lethal and resilient.”

The way the Air Force becomes more agile, lethal and resilient is by resting on the foundation of the Dynamic Wing, the multi-capable Airmen.

“We are in a different environment, setting up tents and making the best of what we can with a new, unfinished runway,” said Senior Airman Emilio Castro, 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit A-10 Thunderbolt II crew chief. “Doing this proves the versatility of the A-10 and the unit that supports it as we prepare for the operations we expect to see in the future. The Air Force is becoming more multi-capable through making Airmen more agile and flexible.” 

The Air Force is innovating the way it operates to empower Airmen to lead and propel the service towards the future force that the nation’s needs. The Dynamic Wing is accelerating this change by setting the standard for how we are going to operate, move and win.

“We are learning a lot of new skills, which proves our ability to accomplish the mission in any situation,” Castro said. “This process is a lot of learning to communicate and work with other jobs, so crew chiefs can perform fuels or logistics tasks, if needed. This is not something we are used to and it pushes us to be innovative in the way we handle situations and solve problems.”

Over 200 multi-capable Airmen from Davis-Monthan participated alongside hundreds of other Airmen from across Air Combat Command and Air Mobility Command, which makes these Airmen more interoperable with each other, which creates a more ready and lethal force.

“By working together, ACC and AMC are making our squadron and our Airmen more agile and more survivable,” Glojek said. “To actually accelerate change, we have to have exercises with enough ambiguity that senior leaders are truly being forced to make tough decisions. It was extremely important to get our Airmen and assets into a new environment so we can take risks, make decisions, learn from our mistakes and actually accelerate change.”