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100th ARW embodies agile combat employment during exercise

Three U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, Roy-al Air Force Mildenhall, England, sit on the flightline before conducting air-refueling operations during Exercise Wolff Pack at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 30, 2020. Aircraft were dis-persed throughout Europe to test the 100th ARW’s ability to generate rapid aerial refueling capabil-ity from a diverse set of air bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

Three U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, sit on the flightline before conducting air refueling operations during Exercise Wolff Pack at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 30, 2020. Aircraft were dispersed throughout Europe to test the 100th ARW’s ability to generate rapid aerial refueling capability from a diverse set of air bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

Two KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, sit on the flightline during exercise Wolff Pack at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 29, 2020. Aircraft were dis-persed throughout Europe to test the 100th ARW’s ability to generate rapid aerial refueling capabil-ity from a diverse set of air bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Anthony Hetlage)

Two KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, sit on the flightline during exercise Wolff Pack at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 29, 2020. Aircraft were dispersed throughout Europe to test the 100th ARW’s ability to generate rapid aerial refueling capability from a diverse set of air bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Anthony Hetlage)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Garcia, 100th Communications Squadron cyber transport technician, tests communication equipment during exercise Wolff Pack at Ramstein Air Base, Sept. 29, 2020. The exercise developed multi-capable Airmen who can accomplish duties outside of their typical responsibilities in support of the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Anthony Hetlage)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Garcia, 100th Communications Squadron cyber transport technician, tests communication equipment during exercise Wolff Pack at Ramstein Air Base, Sept. 29, 2020. The exercise developed multi-capable Airmen who can accomplish duties outside of their typical responsibilities in support of the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Anthony Hetlage)

Airmen assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, prepare to board a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during Exercise Wolff Pack at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 30, 2020. The 100th ARW provided air refueling capability from diverse operating locations in Europe with varying levels of support to enable lethal combat airpower with-in the U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

Airmen assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, prepare to board a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during Exercise Wolff Pack at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 30, 2020. The 100th ARW provided air refueling capability from diverse operating locations in Europe with varying levels of support to enable lethal combat airpower within the U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, refuels a U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England, during Exercise Wolff Pack over the coast of the United Kingdom, Sept. 30, 2020. The exercise tested the 100th ARW’s ability to utilize agile combat employment concepts to support U.S. allied and partner people and assets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, refuels a U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England, during Exercise Wolff Pack over the coast of the United Kingdom, Sept. 30, 2020. The exercise tested the 100th ARW’s ability to utilize agile combat employment concepts to support U.S. allied and partner people and assets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft, assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, peels away after receiving fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Strato-tanker aircraft, assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, off the coast of the United Kingdom during Exercise Wolff Pack, Sept. 30, 2020. Airmen from the 100th ARW conducted aerial-refueling operations from air bases across Europe, confirming their ability to pro-tect and defend partners, allies and U.S. interests at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft, assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, peels away after receiving fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, off the coast of the United Kingdom during Exercise Wolff Pack, Sept. 30, 2020. Airmen from the 100th ARW conducted aerial refueling operations from air bases across Europe, confirming their ability to protect and defend partners, allies and U.S. interests at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lance Whisenhunt, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief, left, oversees 1st Lt. Bradley Mokris, 351st Air Refueling Squadron pilot, service the oil of a  KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during Exercise Wolff Pack at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, Sept. 30, 2020. The exercise developed multi-capable Airmen who can accomplish duties outside of their typical responsibilities in support of the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lance Whisenhunt, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief, left, oversees 1st Lt. Bradley Mokris, 351st Air Refueling Squadron pilot, service the oil of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during Exercise Wolff Pack at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, Sept. 30, 2020. The exercise developed multi-capable Airmen who can accomplish duties outside of their typical responsibilities in support of the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, England --

The 100th Air Refueling Wing conducted a three-day exercise to test their capability to generate and deliver tanker airpower on a global scale, while extending the range of U.S. and joint forces in order to deter and mitigate any aggression.

 

The exercise enabled U.S. Air Forces in Europe to employ Agile Combat Employment, ensuring the ability to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support, ensuring Airmen and aircrews are postured to deliver combat airpower across the spectrum of military operations.

 

“Exercise Wolff Pack has been an important exercise for 100th ARW operations as we shape and develop our ACE construct here at RAF Mildenhall,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Ferdinandsen, 351st Air Refueling Squadron commander. “The intent of the ACE concept is to help us find new ways to generate resilient airpower in a contested environment.”

 

Exercises that utilize ACE concepts ensure forces are ready to protect and defend partners, allies and U.S. interests and assets at a moment’s notice. The 100th ARW is continuously looking for ways to improve overall defense capabilities to ensure resiliency and protection.

 

“As a force, we must find new ways to become more agile and resilient in how we employ our aircraft,” continued Ferdinandsen.

 

Exercise Wolff Pack has given the 100th ARW the opportunity to challenge aircrews, operators and maintainers to operate outside of home station while maintaining operational proficiency, said Ferdinandsen.

 

“ACE has allowed us to become more agile in our execution, more strategic in our deterrence and more resilient in our capabilities,” concluded Ferdinandsen. “All of which allows us to do what we do best: provide crucial aerial refueling to our U.S. and NATO aircraft.”

 

The 100th ARW, with the support of partner nations and NATO allies, participated in the exercise spanning three days with approximately 300 personnel across 15 squadrons. Overall, 12 KC-135s were involved in WOLFF PACK, which was a resounding success.

 

"The exercise went extremely well and exceeded my expectations,” said Lt. Col. Brandon Lauret, 100th Operations Support Squadron commander. “Maintenance did an amazing job getting the aircraft ready. The aircrew, planning team, ground support, command and control team, and communications network all have come together to make this exercise an overwhelming success.”