DVIDS – News – Agile Rage 2022

Airmen from the Idaho Air National Guard’s 124th Fighter Wing spent two weeks at the Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Michigan participating in Agile Rage ’22, June 4-18.
Agile Rage is an ANG and joint live-fire exercise designed to train ANG units in the tactics, techniques, and procedures highlighted by the United States Air Force’s Agile Combat Employment mission.
More than that, Agile Rage, through various combat environment disciplines, facilitates the USAF’s focus on the general-purpose Airman – adaptable, agile Airmen capable of performing tasks outside of their primary line of duty. .
“Exercises like these give everyone a better perspective of the entire operation,” said Col. Chad Kornberg, 124th FW commander. “Whether it’s your most experienced pilot or your newest airman, training in a new place like this allows units to form camaraderie at an accelerated pace – something you don’t often encounter. in the monthly program of the weekend of the guard.”
One of the essential elements of this exercise was the integrated combat turn. ICTs differ from your standard aircraft launch and recovery process in several ways. The integration piece brings together a variety of shops from across the maintenance group to accomplish multiple tasks in tandem, such as refueling the aircraft and loading necessary ammunition with the engine running and the pilot in the headquarters. These tasks would generally be accomplished independently, without the presence of the pilot. However, the nature of combat requires agility and adaptability in unfamiliar territory.
“It’s obviously a bit dangerous, so everyone’s on high alert,” said 190th Fighter Squadron pilot Capt. Andrew Huff. “Working together to spin a jet quickly and keep the fight going is a bit of non-standard training and really good for us. Not knowing the area sharpens our skills. It allows us to practice, see things we’re not used to, and solve problems together.
While the ACE concept, through ICT, creates versatile Airmen, general maintenance in an agile environment produces a similar effect across the maintenance group as a whole. Just as tasks during the launch and recovery process are usually accomplished independently, daily maintenance is usually done by specific workshops. In an agile combat environment, Airmen from different maintenance shops may come together to perform maintenance that would traditionally fall outside of their regular job description.
For example, during Agile Rage, Tech. sergeant. Cameron Gumm of the 124th Engine Shop guided a team of Maintenance Group Airmen through the complex and laborious process of successfully replacing an aircraft engine. Another example can be seen during an ICT, when team leaders assist weapons personnel in loading rockets. Even cyber personnel can be tasked with assisting crew chiefs during aircraft recovery.
“It’s so easy to get carried away with what we’re doing at home,” Kornberg said, “and often you don’t have the time or don’t take the time to see how other people are doing their jobs. This kind of experience enables these opportunities. To reduce the time an aircraft spends on the ground to be loaded and serviced, it requires people to do other people’s jobs.
As the nature of military conflict evolves and changes, the military must adapt. Airmen will continue to grow in their specialized career fields, while simultaneously helping others in different areas of work. This interoperability could be seen at scale in Agile Rage, as Air National Guard units from Oklahoma, West Virginia, Minnesota, Michigan, and Illinois came together to collectively exercise the many aspects of ACE.
“There’s no standard yet, and that’s why the Air Force asked us to adopt the ACE concept,” Kornberg said. “That’s why anytime you can hang out with other units, that’s a good thing, because then you start to merge minds. And hopefully that will allow us to come together and develop something more scripted.
Using this concept in Michigan, or anywhere other than Idaho, gives our Airmen a unique opportunity.
“The benefit of doing this in Michigan allows for a different type of terrain – a different type of flying area, a different range for our pilots,” Master Sgt. Cole McCormick, crew chief of the 124th Maintenance Group. “It allows us to integrate with other units like the C-130s. It allows us to understand a process that is more like a real-world scenario. »
As a state guard unit, the 124th FW fulfills both a state and federal mission. The 124th FW is almost entirely made up of members of our local community. The training and collaboration received through Agile Rage is just as vital as the community support the Wing receives.
“We strive to train our Airmen so that when they find themselves in a situation, it’s not the first time they’ve seen it,” Kornberg said. “Every day we are here doing things to ensure that our Airmen are ready to go into combat, if called upon, and then return home safely.”

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