Airmen Hone Their Skills During Combat Flight Training Exercise

By Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing, Air Dominance Center, Savannah, Georgia — (DoD News) — February 9, 2017.

Approximately 140 airmen and eight F-15C Eagles from the 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, participated in the Sentry Savannah 17-2 exercise during January and February at the Air Dominance Center here

Members of the 142nd Fighter Wing participate in the Sentry Savannah 17-2 exercise

Sentry Savannah is a joint active and reserve aerial combat training exercise hosted by the Georgia Air National Guard and is the Air National Guard's largest fighter integration, air-to-air training exercise encompassing 4th- and 5th-generation aircraft.

On the ramp the Oregon F-15C Eagles, sat alongside F-18 Hornets, T-38 Aggressors, and F-22 Raptors, all with the same goal -- to fly, fight, and win.

Airmen from operations, maintenance, logistics readiness, and security forces are taking part in the exercise.

“Having members from multiple units, who don’t normally work together on a daily basis, all working in a close environment, not only shows how well we work as a team to complete the mission, but also allows our members to get to know each other on a personal level,” said Air Force Master Sgt. Kevin Stone, the first sergeant for the exercise.

Focusing on Roles

Each area focused on their roles, ensuring the overall mission is accomplished.

“Our job is to do everything we can to maintain a 100-percent effective rate, to make sure that our pilots get the training they need,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Todd Hofford, 142nd Maintenance Squadron commander.

For the F-15 pilots of the 123rd Fighter Squadron, “Sentry Savannah provides invaluable combat-like training not found in home station training missions,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Aaron Mathena, 123rd FS commander. “For our new pilots, this is their first experience in this kind of environment, with multiple aircraft and scenarios."

Being in a deployed location presents challenges and opportunities for learning not faced at home. However, the expertise, dedication, and professionalism of the entire team easily overcome any they face and make for an optimal training environment and a chance to demonstrate the 142nd FWs ability to deploy, anytime, anywhere, Mathena said.

Air Dominance Center   Savannah