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31 FW conducts ACE training during Agile Wyvern

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to Aviano Air Base, Italy, assemble a tent in preparation for an Agile Combat Employment exercise at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 7, 2021. Exercises and deployments that utilize ACE concepts ensure the forces in Europe are ready to protect and defend partners, allies and U.S. interests at a moment’s notice, and generate lethal combat power should deterrence fail. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to Aviano Air Base, Italy, assemble a tent in preparation for an Agile Combat Employment exercise at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 7, 2021. Exercises and deployments that utilize ACE concepts ensure the forces in Europe are ready to protect and defend partners, allies and U.S. interests at a moment’s notice, and generate lethal combat power should deterrence fail. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Ryan Kitching, 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, and a U.S. Air Force F-16 crew chief assigned to the 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepare to participate in Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 8, 2021. During Agile Wyvern, U.S. and Slovenian Armed Forces conducted Agile Combat Employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Ryan Kitching, 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, and a U.S. Air Force F-16 crew chief assigned to the 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepare to participate in Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 8, 2021. During Agile Wyvern, U.S. and Slovenian Armed Forces conducted Agile Combat Employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

Airman 1st Class Matthew Olinger, 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron petroleum, oil and lubricants fuels distributor operator, recirculates fuel in preparation for exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 8, 2021. Distribution fuels operators handle jet fuel, operate large vehicles, and ensure the compliance of all safety regulations as part of their duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

Airman 1st Class Matthew Olinger, 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron petroleum, oil and lubricants fuels distributor operator, recirculates fuel in preparation for exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 8, 2021. Distribution fuels operators handle jet fuel, operate large vehicles, and ensure the compliance of all safety regulations as part of their duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron prepares to participate in exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 8, 2021. During Agile Wyvern, U.S. and Slovenian Armed Forces conducted Agile Combat Employment training. ACE ensures U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, along with allies and partners, are ready for potential short or no-notice contingencies by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron prepares to participate in exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 8, 2021. During Agile Wyvern, U.S. and Slovenian Armed Forces conducted Agile Combat Employment training. ACE ensures U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, along with allies and partners, are ready for potential short or no-notice contingencies by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron takes off in preparation for exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 8, 2021. The exercise was designed to show the capability to rapidly disperse F-16s, personnel and equipment to another location with the help of joint and allied partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron takes off in preparation for exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 8, 2021. The exercise was designed to show the capability to rapidly disperse F-16s, personnel and equipment to another location with the help of joint and allied partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Miguel Aviles, 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental craftsman, performs liquid nitrogen servicing during exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 8, 2021. Liquid nitrogen’s temperature is minus 321 degrees Fahrenheit and assists in the process of airing up F-16 Fighting Falcon’s tires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Miguel Aviles, 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental craftsman, performs liquid nitrogen servicing during exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 8, 2021. Liquid nitrogen’s temperature is minus 321 degrees Fahrenheit and assists in the process of airing up F-16 Fighting Falcon’s tires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

Airman 1st Class Shane Moehle, 31st Communications Squadron radio frequency transition technician, and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Keeling Weber, 31st CS RF transmission supervisor, assemble a Ranger Airbus satellite in preparation for exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 7, 2021. The Ranger Airbus allowed for satellite communications and secure messaging capabilities during Agile Wyvern. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

Airman 1st Class Shane Moehle, 31st Communications Squadron radio frequency transition technician, and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Keeling Weber, 31st CS RF transmission supervisor, assemble a Ranger Airbus satellite in preparation for exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 7, 2021. The Ranger Airbus allowed for satellite communications and secure messaging capabilities during Agile Wyvern. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 606th Air Control Squadron set up a BlueSky Mast in preparation for exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 7, 2021. The BlueSky Mast holds up radars and communicates with aircraft participating in exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 606th Air Control Squadron set up a BlueSky Mast in preparation for exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 7, 2021. The BlueSky Mast holds up radars and communicates with aircraft participating in exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to Aviano Air Base, Italy, hammers a tent stake into the ground during exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 7, 2021. Agile Wyvern supported the Agile Combat Employment concept by temporarily bedding down personnel and equipment at a dispersed location to support the overall mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to Aviano Air Base, Italy, hammers a tent stake into the ground during exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 7, 2021. Agile Wyvern supported the Agile Combat Employment concept by temporarily bedding down personnel and equipment at a dispersed location to support the overall mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron takes off at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Sept. 7, 2021. The aircraft left in preparation for Agile Combat Employment exercise, Agile Wyvern. The exercise was designed to enhance partner interoperability, maintain joint readiness and assure U.S regional allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Noah Sudolcan)
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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron takes off at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Sept. 7, 2021. The aircraft left in preparation for Agile Combat Employment exercise, Agile Wyvern. The exercise was designed to enhance partner interoperability, maintain joint readiness and assure U.S regional allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Noah Sudolcan)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel O’Neil, 555th Fighter Squadron director of operations, briefs Slovenian Armed Forces members about a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon during exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 10, 2021. O’Neil briefed the SAF members about the mission and capability of the F-16 and provided general knowledge about the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel O’Neil, 555th Fighter Squadron director of operations, briefs Slovenian Armed Forces members about a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon during exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 10, 2021. O’Neil briefed the SAF members about the mission and capability of the F-16 and provided general knowledge about the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Sergio Dorado, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron electric power production technician, and Staff Sgt. Emily Scully, 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron fire truck and refueling maintenance technician, close valves on a refueler truck at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 9, 2021. Refueler trucks are used to refuel aircraft and they can carry approximately 6,000 gallons of fuel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Sergio Dorado, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron electric power production technician, and Staff Sgt. Emily Scully, 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron fire truck and refueling maintenance technician, close valves on a refueler truck at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 9, 2021. Refueler trucks are used to refuel aircraft and they can carry approximately 6,000 gallons of fuel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Michael Kelvin, 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, hands a gear bag to a U.S. Air Force F-16 crew chief assigned to the 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit during Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 8, 2021. U.S. Air Force F-16s and Airmen assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing participated in Agile Wyvern alongside the Slovenian Armed Forces, September 7-10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Michael Kelvin, 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, hands a gear bag to a U.S. Air Force F-16 crew chief assigned to the 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit during Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 8, 2021. U.S. Air Force F-16s and Airmen assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing participated in Agile Wyvern alongside the Slovenian Armed Forces, September 7-10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron prepares to participate in exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 8, 2021. During Agile Wyvern, U.S. and Slovenian Armed Forces conducted Agile Combat Employment training. ACE ensures U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, along with allies and partners, are ready for potential short or no-notice contingencies by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)
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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron prepares to participate in exercise Agile Wyvern at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 8, 2021. During Agile Wyvern, U.S. and Slovenian Armed Forces conducted Agile Combat Employment training. ACE ensures U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, along with allies and partners, are ready for potential short or no-notice contingencies by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

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U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons and Airmen assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, participated in exercise Agile Wyvern alongside the Slovenian Armed Forces at Cerklje ob Krki Air Base, Slovenia, Sept. 7-10.

Through Agile Wyvern, U.S. and SAF conducted Agile Combat Employment training. ACE ensures U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, along with allies and partners, are ready for potential short or no-notice contingencies by allowing forces to operate from various locations with varying levels of capacity and support.

“Agile Wyvern is designed to specifically test the compilation of equipment that we have to be quick and agile,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Joseph Basala, 31st Fighter Wing plans and programs chief of agile combat employment. “It's also designed to test our ability to take that equipment to airfields in partner nations and actually integrate with their operations seamlessly.”

During Agile Wyvern, three different mission sets were executed including air-to-air engagements with SAF Pilatus PC-9s, calling airstrikes with U.S. Airmen and SAF, and deliberate strike missions, said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel O’Neil, 555th Fighter Squadron director of operations.

One driving point behind ACE is the ability to move limited equipment and personnel to airfields that may not have a U.S. presence, but still have the ability to operate.

“Agile Wyvern is important because sometimes when you just exercise on your base, you don't see your short falls because you have everything you need there, but then you come out here and have the opportunity for more experience and training,” said Tech. Sgt. Philip Thach, 31st Communications Squadron NCOIC of agile communications.

Exercises and deployments that utilize the concepts of ACE ensure the forces in Europe are ready to protect and defend partners, allies and U.S. interests at a moment’s notice, and generate lethal combat power should deterrence fail.

“This is important because it’s a critical player in strategic deterrence,” said Basala. “Being able to demonstrate interoperability keeps our combat credibility in the face of expanding military capabilities.”

Agile Wyvern featured U.S. Army Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Vicenza, Italy, that executed a simulated airfield seizure, as well as Airmen from the 31st Security Forces Squadron that recruited individuals from different career fields in the Air Force to practice defending assets.

“No matter where you go, what you do, security is the most important thing to establish, otherwise you can't operate,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Logan Ray, 31st Security Forces Squadron chief of standardization and evaluation. “Practicing our ability to defend our assets is paramount to us being successful.”

Training with joint, combined allies and partners is essential to the success of the ACE concept as well as increasing lethality and enhancing interoperability, allowing our forces to counter military aggression.

“ACE gets us speaking the same language,” said Basala. “It gets us to practice working with each other and learning how to coordinate with each other in the airspace and on the ground, and how to talk to each other in terms of tactical communication.”

The ACE concept allows USAFE-AFAFRICA to move forces more fluidly across the theater to seize, retain and exploit the initiative against an adversary in any environment.

“ACE is a new creative way for us to be survivable,” said O’Neil. “That’s where the Air Force and U.S. military really shine, through the ability to be adaptable and that’s what ACE is all about.”