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389th FS Gunfighters participate in Pacific Iron 2021

More than 35 aircraft and approximately 800 Airmen from Pacific Air Forces and Air Combat Command will deploy to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s area of responsibility in July to participate in Operation Pacific Iron 2021.

389th Fighter Squadron from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, arrive in support of Pacific Iron 2021 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 14, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)

Pacific Iron 2021 is a PACAF dynamic force employment operation to project forces into the USINDOPACOM’s area of responsibility in support of the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) which called on the military to be a more lethal, adaptive, and resilient force.

Approximately ten F-15E Strike Eagles from the 389th Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho; approximately 25 F-22 Raptors from the 525th Fighter Squadron, 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and the 199th Fighter Squadron, 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii; and two C-130J Hercules from the 374th Airlift Wing from Yokota Air Base, Japan will conduct combat dispersal operations in Guam and Tinian.

Airmen assigned to the 389th Fighter Squadron, conduct a post flight inspection on a F-15E Strike Eagle after arriving in support of Pacific Iron 2021 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 14, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)

Airmen deployed in support of Pacific Iron 2021 will demonstrate Multi-capable Airmen skills and conduct simulated combat flight operations from local airports in Guam and Tinian. Fighters, mobility aircraft, Airmen and required support equipment will operate from Andersen AFB, A.B. Won Pat International Airport, and Northwest Field, Guam; and Tinian International Airport, Tinian, to conduct Agile Combat Employment operations. ACE is the use of agile operations to generate resilient airpower in a contested environment and is designed to organize, train and equip Airmen to be more agile in operation execution, strategic in deterrence, and more resilient in capabilities.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)

According to the 2018 NDS, dynamic force employment (DFE) allows for more flexibility in using ready forces to proactively shape the strategic environment while maintaining readiness to respond to contingencies and ensure long-term warfighting readiness.

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 389th Fighter Squadron from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, arrive in support of Pacific Iron 2021 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 14, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hannah Bean)
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 389th Fighter Squadron from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, arrive in support of Pacific Iron 2021 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 14, 2021. Approximately 800 Airmen and 35 aircraft are participating in Pacific Air Forces’ Dynamic Force Employment operation in Guam and Tinian to project forces into the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s area of responsibility in support of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, calling on the military to be a more lethal, adaptive and resilient force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Braden Anderson)
U.S. Air Force Maj. Joe Dicocco from the 389th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho checks an F-15E Strike Eagle after arriving in support of Pacific Iron 2021 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 14, 2021. Approximately 800 Airmen and 35 aircraft are participating in Pacific Air Forces’ Dynamic Force Employment operation in Guam and Tinian to project forces into the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s area of responsibility in support of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, calling on the military to be a more lethal, adaptive and resilient force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Braden Anderson)

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