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307th Bomb Wing preps for dual exercises

A B-52 Stratofortress lands at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, Sept. 5, 2019 in support of Exercise Ample Strike 19. The annual event is a Czech Republic-led, multi-national live exercise that offers advanced Air/Land Integration Training to Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) in coordination with both B-52 and MQ-9 Close Air Support (CAS) aircrews. During the exercise, aircraft and participants will conduct day and night operations out of the Czech Republic to improve NATO allies and partner nation interoperability in simulated highly contested environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Dennis Holland, 307th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, works on a B-52 Stratofortress at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, Sept. 5, 2019. The jet had just landed in support of Exercise Ample Strike 19. The annual event is a Czech Republic-led, multi-national live exercise that offers advanced Air/Land Integration Training to Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) in coordination with both B-52 and MQ-9 Close Air Support (CAS) aircrews. During the exercise, aircraft and participants will conduct day and night operations out of the Czech Republic to improve NATO allies and partner nation interoperability in simulated highly contested environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Greg Watson, 307th Bomb Wing weapons systems officer, eyes a B-52 Stratofortress as it prepares to land at Royal Air Force Fairford, Sept. 5, 2019. The aircraft was arriving there in support of Exercise Ample Strike 19. The annual event is a Czech Republic-led, multi-national live exercise that offers advanced Air/Land Integration Training to Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) in coordination with both B-52 and MQ-9 Close Air Support (CAS) aircrews. During the exercise, aircraft and participants will conduct day and night operations out of the Czech Republic to improve NATO allies and partner nation interoperability in simulated highly contested environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Preston Bryan, 307th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prepares to unload the contents of a maintenance cargo box at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, Sept. 5, 2019. Bryan and a host of other Reserve Citizen Airmen from the unit were preparing for Exercise Ample Strike 19. Exercise AMSE 19 is a Czech Republic-led, multi-national live exercise scheduled from Sept. 4-23, 2019, that offers advanced Air/Land Integration Training to Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) in coordination with both B-52 and MQ-9 Close Air Support (CAS) aircrews. During the exercise, aircraft and participants will conduct day and night operations out of the Czech Republic to improve NATO allies and partner nation interoperability in simulated highly contested environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

RAF FAIRFORD, England --

Reserve Citizen Airmen of the 307th Bomb Wing arrived at RAF Fairford, England, Sept. 5, 2019, in support of Ample Strike 19, NATO days, and Exercise Cobra Warrior 19.

This is the first year the unit is supporting Exercise Cobra Warrior and the fourth year for Ample Strike.

Ample Strike 19 is designed
for U.S. aircrews to work closely with Joint Terminal Air Controllers from several different countries and offers advanced Air and Land Integration Training. This year, representatives from the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States are scheduled to participate.

JTACS direct the action of combat aircraft from forward positions and engage in a variety of functions ranging from close air support to bombing missions. Th
e training during this year’s exercise includes simulations involving opposing forces and contested environments, as well as live range and urban terrain scenarios.

“It is always good to train with JTACS from our NATO allies and partners because it allows us to better understand the tactics they use to execute targets on the ground,” said Lt. Col. Richard Rullifson, 307th Bomb Wing detachment commander. “Getting the opportunity to work with them is some of the best training in the world.”

Exercise Cobra Warrior, a U.K.-led effort, serves to train and qualify weapons instructors for the Royal Air Force. It will involve 50 aircraft from England, Israel, Italy, Germany and the U.S., according to the RAF official website.

The exercise will run from Sept. 1-20 and will be directed by staff at RAF Waddington. In a statement from the RAF website, exercise director Group Capt. Robert Barrett expressed gratitude for the amount of participation in this year’s event.

“The RAF welcomes the participation of our Air Force colleagues from the nations and we welcome the opportunity to train alongside all the participating nations’ forces on this challenging exercise,” he said.

Most of the aircraft taking part in Exercise Cobra Warrior are fighters. The 307th Bomb Wing is scheduled to offer the only bomber presence in the exercise, a B-52 Stratofortress, said Maj. Greg Watson, 307th weapons systems officer and the U.S. liaison for Cobra Warrior.

“We bring a large amount of weapons delivery capability to the fight,” said Watson. “A single B-52 is equivalent to having four fighter aircraft present.”

The 307th BW is scheduled to fly multiple sorties while at RAF Fairford.