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180th Fighter Wing Goes to Green Flag

180FW Goes to Green Flag

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Landis, a loadmaster assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing, directs Airmen from the 180th Fighter Wing as they load cargo onto a C-17 assigned to the 167th AW at the 180FW, Feb. 4, 2020. The C-17 was loaded with equipment to support the 180FW's involvement in exercise Green Flag-West. Green flag is a realistic, Air-to-Surface, joint training exercise designed to improve interoperability between aircraft while supporting ground troops by allowing U.S. military branches, as well as other NATO and allied nations, an opportunity to work together, as they would in military operations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kregg York)

180FW Goes to Green Flag

Airmen assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing and 179th Airlift Wing load cargo onto a C-17 assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing at the 180th Fighter Wing, Feb. 4, 2020. The C-17 was loaded with equipment to support the 180FW's involvement in exercise Green Flag-West. Green flag is a realistic, Air-to-Surface, joint training exercise designed to improve interoperability between aircraft while supporting ground troops by allowing U.S. military branches, as well as other NATO and allied nations, an opportunity to work together, as they would in military operations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kregg York)

180FW Goes to Green Flag

Airmen assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing and 179th Airlift Wing load cargo onto a C-17 assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing at the 180th Fighter Wing, Feb. 4, 2020. The C-17 was loaded with equipment to support the 180FW's involvement in exercise Green Flag-West. Green flag is a realistic, Air-to-Surface, joint training exercise designed to improve interoperability between aircraft while supporting ground troops by allowing U.S. military branches, as well as other NATO and allied nations, an opportunity to work together, as they would in military operations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kregg York)

180FW Goes to Green Flag

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cody Keil, a material management specialist assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, along with other Airmen, loads cargo onto a C-17 assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing at the 180th Fighter Wing, Feb. 4, 2020. The C-17 was loaded with equipment to support the 180FW's involvement in exercise Green Flag-West. Green flag is a realistic, Air-to-Surface, joint training exercise designed to improve interoperability between aircraft while supporting ground troops by allowing U.S. military branches, as well as other NATO and allied nations, an opportunity to work together, as they would in military operations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kregg York)

180FW Goes to Green Flag

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andy Krieg, an air transportation specialist assigned to the Ohio National Guard's 179th Airlift Wing, loads cargo onto a C-17 assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing at the 180th Fighter Wing, Feb. 4, 2020. The C-17 was loaded with equipment to support the 180FW's involvement in exercise Green Flag-West. Green flag is a realistic, Air-to-Surface, joint training exercise designed to improve interoperability between aircraft while supporting ground troops by allowing U.S. military branches, as well as other NATO and allied nations, an opportunity to work together, as they would in military operations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kregg York)

180FW Goes to Green Flag

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cody Keil, a material management specialist assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, uses chains to secure cargo on a C-17 assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing at the 180FW, Feb. 4, 2020. The C-17 was loaded with equipment to support the 180FW's involvement in exercise Green Flag-West. Green flag is a realistic, Air-to-Surface, joint training exercise designed to improve interoperability between aircraft while supporting ground troops by allowing U.S. military branches, as well as other NATO and allied nations, an opportunity to work together, as they would in military operations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kregg York)

180FW Goes to Green Flag

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Caleb Campbell, a vehicle maintenance technician assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, loads cargo onto a C-17 assigned to the 167th AW at the 180FW, Feb. 4, 2020. The C-17 was loaded with equipment to support the 180FW's involvement in exercise Green Flag-West. Green flag is a realistic, Air-to-Surface, joint training exercise designed to improve interoperability between aircraft while supporting ground troops by allowing U.S. military branches, as well as other NATO and allied nations, an opportunity to work together, as they would in military operations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kregg York)

180FW Goes to Green Flag

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cody Keil, a material management specialist assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, uses chains to secure cargo on a C-17 assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing at the 180FW, Feb. 4, 2020. The C-17 was loaded with equipment to support the 180FW's involvement in exercise Green Flag-West. Green flag is a realistic, Air-to-Surface, joint training exercise designed to improve interoperability between aircraft while supporting ground troops by allowing U.S. military branches, as well as other NATO and allied nations, an opportunity to work together, as they would in military operations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kregg York)

180FW Goes to Green Flag

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Lewis Smith, the traffic management supervisor assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adam Berry, a vehicle maintenance technician assigned to the 180FW, load cargo onto a C-17 assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing at the 180FW, Feb. 4, 2020. The C-17 was loaded with equipment to support the 180FW's involvement in exercise Green Flag-West. Green flag is a realistic, Air-to-Surface, joint training exercise designed to improve interoperability between aircraft while supporting ground troops by allowing U.S. military branches, as well as other NATO and allied nations, an opportunity to work together, as they would in military operations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kregg York)

180FW Goes to Green Flag
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U.S Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Joy Chittum, the traffic management superintendent assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, consults with Senior Airman David Landis, a loadmaster assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing, on loading a C-17 assigned to the 167th AW with cargo at the 180FW, Feb. 4, 2020. The C-17 was loaded with equipment to support the 180FW's involvement in exercise Green Flag-West. Green flag is a realistic, Air-to-Surface, joint training exercise designed to improve interoperability between aircraft while supporting ground troops by allowing U.S. military branches, as well as other NATO and allied nations, an opportunity to work together, as they would in military operations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kregg York)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. --

More than 180 Airmen and 12 F-16 fighter jets assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing arrived at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Feb. 6, 2020, to participate in exercise Green Flag-West

The Two Week Exercise is a realistic, Air-to-Surface, joint training exercise, usually involving two multi-role fighter and/or bomber squadrons, electronic warfare aircraft and aerial refueling aircraft.

Green Flag is designed to improve interoperability between aircraft while supporting ground troops by allowing U.S military branches, as well as other NATO and allied nations, the opportunity to work together as they would in military operations around the world.

Green Flag is administered by the U.S. Air Force Air Warfare Center and Nellis AFB through the 549th Combat Training Squadron and has been in operation for the past 35 years. Every year, Gren Flag exercises provide training for approximately 75,000 joint and coalition personnel, with 6,000 flight hours, and over 700,000 pounds of live and training ordnance.

Working with a variety of aircraft, foreign nations and ground forces, realistic trainings like Green Flag ensure Airmen maintain the highest levels of proficiency and readiness for worldwide deployment.

The last time the 180FW participated in green flag was almost 20 years ago, in 2002.

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