Welcome to this episode of Lessons from the Cockpit!
There is one training event during my Air Force career I can truly say was transformational. And it started with a 3M sticky note on my desk.
Fearing I wasn't enough for this monumental task, my Commander let my counterpart and me use our creativity, imagination, and initiative to organize one of the most complex and dynamic training exercises in 18th Wing history. And we did it in four weeks.
This exercise trained the largest combined Air Force Wing of seven flying squadrons and three other flying units on how to plan and operate in any conflict across the Far East region. We did it with a Navy Carrier Battlegroup and US Marines as our simulated adversary over an imaginary battlefield.
The education and expertise I gained from this exercise were invaluable while deployed to the Middle East, planning and executing the air campaigns over Afghanistan and Iraq from 2002 through 2003.
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