First shock & awe/death from above, then, well, every American knows the rest:More from LTC Dadgar. And, your tax dollars at work:The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for the first time provided close-air support to ground troops in the Air Force’s Green Flag training exercise – the service’s large-scale air-to-ground mock combat operation in the southwestern U.S., Air Force officials said.
The training was one of the first times the F-35 has participated in close-air support missions, flying alongside F-16s, Army helicopters, Predator drones and the much-discussed A-10s, said Air Force Lt. Col. Cameron Dadgar, Commander, 549th Combat Training Squadron.
“This was the first time the F-35s were the main airframe. The schedule and the scenarios were built around the fact that there was going to be an F-35,” Dadgar said.
The combat scenarios ranged from close-quarters air support to air-to-air engagements against near-peer adversaries. The exercise involved about 5,000 Army ground troops from Fort Irwin, Calif., and aircraft from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., over vast areas over the western U.S. and Pacific Ocean, Dadgar told Military.com.