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435th CRG demonstrates strike package support concept

An Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group directs an F-16 Fighting Falcon to a designated refueling spot during exercise Temperate Ace on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 4, 2018. Temperate Ace focused on exercising the ability to generate strike package support with bare minimum equipment and personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

An Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group directs an F-16 Fighting Falcon to a designated refueling spot during exercise Temperate Ace on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 4, 2018. Temperate Ace focused on exercising the ability to generate strike package support with bare minimum equipment and personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jayson Lyons, 435 Contingency Response Squadron operations, readiness, and training flight chief, briefs Airmen on operations and safety for exercise Temperate Ace on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 4, 2018. During the exercise, Airmen performed a “hot refuel” where an aircraft is refueled while the engines run to demonstrate the ability to support strike packages with the least amount of equipment and personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jayson Lyons, 435 Contingency Response Squadron operations, readiness, and training flight chief, briefs Airmen on operations and safety for exercise Temperate Ace on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 4, 2018. During the exercise, Airmen performed a “hot refuel” where an aircraft is refueled while the engines run to demonstrate the ability to support strike packages with the least amount of equipment and personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dwight Stalter, 435th Security Forces Squadron team leader, stands guard while an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot waits for his aircraft to be refueled on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 4, 2018. Members of the 435th SFS participated in Temperate Ace, a proof-of-concept exercise led by the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, demonstrating strike force capabilities. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Noah D. Coger)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dwight Stalter, 435th Security Forces Squadron team leader, stands guard while an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot waits for his aircraft to be refueled on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 4, 2018. Members of the 435th SFS participated in Temperate Ace, a proof-of-concept exercise led by the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, demonstrating strike force capabilities. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Noah D. Coger)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft is "hot refueled" on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 4, 2018. A hot refuel is conducted while the engines of an aircraft are still running. The 435th Air Ground Operations Wing led Temperate Ace, a proof-of-concept exercise demonstrating strike force capabilities. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Noah D. Coger)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft is "hot refueled" on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 4, 2018. A hot refuel is conducted while the engines of an aircraft are still running. The 435th Air Ground Operations Wing led Temperate Ace, a proof-of-concept exercise demonstrating strike force capabilities. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Noah D. Coger)

Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group conduct a foreign object debris walk on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 4, 2018. The FOD walk was done to prevent any debris from causing damage to aircraft during exercise Temperate Ace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group conduct a foreign object debris walk on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 4, 2018. The FOD walk was done to prevent any debris from causing damage to aircraft during exercise Temperate Ace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Christopher Thomsen, 435th Contingency Response Squadron director of operations, and Senior Airman Andrew Domingo, 435th CRS C-130J Super Hercules crew chief, monitor gauges as a C-130J is de-fueled on Ramstein Air Base, Germany. As part of an exercise, members of the 435th Contingency Response Group defueled a C-130J and performed a “hot refuel” on two F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Christopher Thomsen, 435th Contingency Response Squadron director of operations, and Senior Airman Andrew Domingo, 435th CRS C-130J Super Hercules crew chief, monitor gauges as a C-130J is de-fueled on Ramstein Air Base, Germany. As part of an exercise, members of the 435th Contingency Response Group defueled a C-130J and performed a “hot refuel” on two F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- At any moment, in the modern dynamic warfighting environment, anything can happen; and the U.S. Air Force knows flexibility is the key to airpower. This flexibility is forged by Airmen through constant innovation and training.

Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group conducted a proof-of-concept exercise at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 4, 2018, to showcase this ability.

“The 435th Contingency Response Squadron was exercising the ability to generate strike package support utilizing the bare minimum equipment and personnel required,” said Tech. Sgt. Jayson Lyons, 435 CRS operations, readiness, and training flight chief. “We were also proving the ‘hybrid Airman’ concept that CMSAF (Kaleth O.) Wright briefed, to conduct arming and dearming, refueling, and cargo movement in a simulated combat environment.”

On the ground, one of the focus points of the exercise was completing a “hot refuel” of two F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft.

“A ‘hot refuel’ is when you refuel an aircraft with one or more engines of the aircraft operating,” said Lyons. “It provides the least amount of personnel and equipment needs, and can reduce aircraft regeneration time up to 70 percent.”

“Hot refuels” are especially important when there may be an imminent threat in the area, explained Lyons.

Along with the 435th CRG, 15 agencies participated in the exercise to demonstrate Airmen’s ability to support strike packages at a moment’s notice in austere locations. Among the 15 agencies were the 86th Airlift Wing providing the airfield and support, the 52 Fighter Wing providing the fighter aircraft, and the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing providing manpower and over-sight.

“At the 435th CRG we believe that in order to ensure the peace we need to be prepared for war,” said Col. Jason Terry, 435th CRG commander. “This exercise is about demonstrating our ability to jump into a field, secure the field, assess it, bring the aircraft in and do what we do. It’s all part of the bigger overall mission of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing’s to deliver bombs, com(munication)s, and airfields on demand.”