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Six 13th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcons and a crew of 45 Airmen from various squadrons simulated a mock deployment to an “austere” environment on the south ramp of the flightline. The designated location, which is not regularly used and not optimized for advanced operations, was utilized during a weeklong Agile Combat Employment (ACE) training exercise aimed at enhancing Multi-Capable Airmen’s (MCA) skillset at Misawa Air Base, Japan, 15 through 19 March.


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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dennis Cooper, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron pavements and grounds journeyman, marshals a 13th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon during a weeklong Agile Combat Employment training exercise aimed at enhancing Multi-Capable Airmen’s (MCA) skillset at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 17, 2020. MCA events are a unique opportunity for Airmen to train outside their primary career field and as part of a cross-functional team supporting aircraft recovery, refueling, reloading, and launching operations. By training airmen in these skills, the Air Force can send jets to more locations without having to send additional airmen to generate, sustain, and recover aircraft throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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