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Ellsworth Airmen participate in Green Flag 18-1

Capt. Ryan Kerns, an instructor pilot assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron, gives a mission brief before aircrew members depart from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., for the Green Flag exercise 18-1 on Oct. 18, 2017. Aircrew members will be flying in air-to-ground missions for U.S. Army units on the ground. Green Flag exercises focuses on close-air support training which is different from Red Flag exercises which focus on air-to-air combat missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Capt. Ryan Kerns, an instructor pilot assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron, gives a mission brief before aircrew members depart from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., for the Green Flag exercise 18-1 on Oct. 18, 2017. Aircrew members will be flying in air-to-ground missions for U.S. Army units on the ground. Green Flag exercises focuses on close-air support training which is different from Red Flag exercises which focus on air-to-air combat missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

A Boeing 737 takes off from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., transporting Airmen to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., to participate in Green Flag exercise 18-1 Oct. 16, 2017. Aircrew from the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons and maintainers from the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, are participating in the joint exercise to hone their skills in realistic training scenarios aimed at providing close-air support to U.S Army units on the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

A Boeing 737 takes off from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., transporting Airmen to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., to participate in Green Flag exercise 18-1 Oct. 16, 2017. Aircrew from the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons and maintainers from the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, are participating in the joint exercise to hone their skills in realistic training scenarios aimed at providing close-air support to U.S Army units on the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Airman 1st Class Justin Bussell, an aerospace propulsion technician assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, repairs cables inside a B-1 Bomber at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 17, 2017. Bussell and the other maintainers had to ensure the aircraft leaving for Green Flag 18-1 were at their peak performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Airman 1st Class Justin Bussell, an aerospace propulsion technician assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, repairs cables inside a B-1 Bomber at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 17, 2017. Bussell and the other maintainers had to ensure the aircraft leaving for Green Flag 18-1 were at their peak performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

A B-1 Bomber takes off from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., to participate in Green Flag exercise 18-1 on Oct. 18, 2017. Green Flag is a joint training exercise held 10 times a year at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. that tests aircrew and maintainer’s warfighting capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

A B-1 Bomber takes off from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., to participate in Green Flag exercise 18-1 on Oct. 18, 2017. Green Flag is a joint training exercise held 10 times a year at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. that tests aircrew and maintainer’s warfighting capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Capt. Ryan Koelling, a weapons system officer assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron, boards a B-1 Bomber at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 18, 2017. Approximately 200 Ellsworth Airmen departed for Nellis AFB, to train with Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and soldiers from U.S. Army National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., as part of Green Flag exercise 18-1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Capt. Ryan Koelling, a B-1 pilot assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron, boards a B-1 Bomber at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 18, 2017. Approximately 200 Ellsworth Airmen departed for Nellis AFB, to train with Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and soldiers from U.S. Army National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., as part of Green Flag exercise 18-1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Senior Airman Peter J. Mandadero, a fuels facility operator assigned to the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron, completes his bag check in the deployment center at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 16, 2017. More than 200 Airmen deployed to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. to take part in Green Flag 18-1, a joint training exercise focused on air-to-ground and close-air support missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Senior Airman Peter J. Mandadero, a fuels facility operator assigned to the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron, completes his bag check in the deployment center at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 16, 2017. More than 200 Airmen deployed to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. to take part in Green Flag 18-1, a joint training exercise focused on air-to-ground and close-air support missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

B-1 Aircrews and support Airmen departed Ellsworth Air Force Base on Oct. 16-19, 2017, to participate in Green Flag 18-1

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

Approximately 200 Airmen departed Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, for Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, to participate in Green Flag 18-1 exercise from Oct. 16 to Nov. 3, 2017.

Aircrew from the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons and maintainers from the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, are taking part in this exercise to hone their skills in close-air support and air-to-ground combat scenarios.

 “Green Flag is an exercise for pilot proficiency and maintenance sortie generation,” said Master Sgt. Zachary L. Murphy, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental chief. “[The exercise] prepares them for real-world combat situations while deployed around the globe.”

Green Flag also provides an opportunity for the Air Force to train with Army units and practice destroying targets with Joint Terminal Attack Controllers on the ground.

“It’s very important for us to practice how we fight and to showcase what we do every day,” said Capt. Lacey Koelling, officer in charge of the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit.

This exercise bridges the gap between Air Force and Army units making them a more effective fighting force. The training strengthens the relationship between aircrew and maintainers.

 “We want to see the operations and maintenance [Airmen] become more capable war fighters,” Koelling said.

Green Flag is a joint training exercise that takes place 10 times a year, where aircrew from multiple Air Force bases fly out of Nellis AFB to support ground units at the U.S. Army National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.