Coronet Warrior exercise test aircrew, combat support deployed operations

An Airman from the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron marshals an F-15E Strike Eagle during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Airmen from the 4th AMXS conducted routine launches while in various levels of Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

An Airman from the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron marshals an F-15E Strike Eagle during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Airmen from the 4th AMXS conducted routine launches while in various levels of Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Aircrew members from the 336th Fighter Squadron conduct an external examination of an F-15E Strike Eagle prior to takeoff during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Aircraft from both the 336th and 335th FS launched jets to conduct aerial training during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Aircrew members from the 336th Fighter Squadron conduct an external examination of an F-15E Strike Eagle prior to takeoff during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Aircraft from both the 336th and 335th FS launched jets to conduct aerial training during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Senior Airman Christopher Bless, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, secures a panel on an F-15E Strike Eagle during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01. Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The expeditionary exercise tested the 4th Fighter Wing’s abilities to operate in overseas hostile locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Senior Airman Christopher Bless, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, secures a panel on an F-15E Strike Eagle during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01. Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The expeditionary exercise tested the 4th Fighter Wing’s abilities to operate in overseas hostile locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Two Airmen assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron standby as an F-15E Strike Eagle runs through pre-launch checks during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Airmen performed operations while donning various levels of mission oriented protective posture gear in response to different simulated alarms, threats and chemical or biological agents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Two Airmen assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron standby as an F-15E Strike Eagle runs through pre-launch checks during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Airmen performed operations while donning various levels of mission oriented protective posture gear in response to different simulated alarms, threats and chemical or biological agents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 336th Fighter Squadron taxies down the runway while another aircraft takes off during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The exercise is designed to test the 4th Fighter Wing’s ability to operate in an overseas hostile location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 336th Fighter Squadron taxies down the runway while another aircraft takes off during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The exercise is designed to test the 4th Fighter Wing’s ability to operate in an overseas hostile location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron takes off during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 138 aircraft launched during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron takes off during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 138 aircraft launched during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 335th Fighter Squadron takes off during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Multiple aircraft participated in the expeditionary exercise to sharpen their skills to support contingency operations in hostile environments overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 335th Fighter Squadron takes off during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Multiple aircraft participated in the expeditionary exercise to sharpen their skills to support contingency operations in hostile environments overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Senior Airman Ashton Hardin (left), 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, and Staff Sgt. Angel Dearce, 4th AMXS weapons load crew chief, inspect munitions before loading them onto an aircraft during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Weapons Airmen fully loaded an F-15E Strike Eagle to simulate deployed working conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Senior Airman Ashton Hardin (left), 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, and Staff Sgt. Angel Dearce, 4th AMXS weapons load crew chief, inspect munitions before loading them onto an aircraft during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Weapons Airmen fully loaded an F-15E Strike Eagle to simulate deployed working conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Airmen from the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons shop load munitions during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Airmen were evaluated on their speed and accuracy while fully loading an F-15E Strike Eagle to simulate combat aircraft configurations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Airmen from the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons shop load munitions during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Airmen were evaluated on their speed and accuracy while fully loading an F-15E Strike Eagle to simulate combat aircraft configurations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Airmen from the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron review Airman’s Manuals for proper procedures concerning attacks during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The expeditionary exercise was conducted to keep Airmen’s skills sharp for overseas contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)
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Airmen from the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron review Airman’s Manuals for proper procedures concerning attacks during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The expeditionary exercise was conducted to keep Airmen’s skills sharp for overseas contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Senior Airman Aaron Williams, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron real-estate geographic information systems technician, conducts a Post Attack Reconnaissance sweep during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. PAR teams conduct sweeps around their respective buildings to check for simulated airborne attacks and explosive devices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)
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Senior Airman Aaron Williams, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron real-estate geographic information systems technician, conducts a Post Attack Reconnaissance sweep during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. PAR teams conduct sweeps around their respective buildings to check for simulated airborne attacks and explosive devices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Members of the 4th Security Forces Squadron respond to a simulated vehicle explosion during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The scenario resulted in defenders apprehending a mock suspected terrorist. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Miranda A. Loera)
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Members of the 4th Security Forces Squadron respond to a simulated vehicle explosion during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The scenario resulted in defenders apprehending a mock suspected terrorist. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Miranda A. Loera)

Staff Sgt. Darrell Bowers, a 4th Security Forces Squadron member acting as a suspected terrorist, is apprehended by 4th SFS defenders during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The exercise tested 4th Fighter Wing members’ responses and ability to operate in a simulated hostile location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Miranda A. Loera)
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Staff Sgt. Darrell Bowers, a 4th Security Forces Squadron member acting as a suspected terrorist, is apprehended by 4th SFS defenders during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 30, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The exercise tested 4th Fighter Wing members’ responses and ability to operate in a simulated hostile location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Miranda A. Loera)

4th Force Support Squadron Airmen simulate mortuary affairs procedures during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The expeditionary exercise tested the 4th Fighter Wing’s abilities to operate in overseas hostile locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)
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4th Force Support Squadron Airmen simulate mortuary affairs procedures during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The expeditionary exercise tested the 4th Fighter Wing’s abilities to operate in overseas hostile locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Staff Sgt. Damyan Jackson, 4th Logistic Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, acts as a casualty during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Master Sgt. Julie Nix, 4th Force Support Squadron wing inspection team member, evaluated the mortuary affairs procedures of participating 4th FSS Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)
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Staff Sgt. Damyan Jackson, 4th Logistic Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, acts as a casualty during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Master Sgt. Julie Nix, 4th Force Support Squadron wing inspection team member, evaluated the mortuary affairs procedures of participating 4th FSS Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Airmen from the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare to launch an F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 335th Fighter Squadron during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Airmen were evaluated on their ability to conduct operations while fending off simulated air and ground attacks with a potential threat of chemical or biological agents, causing changes to mission orientated protective posture gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)
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Airmen from the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare to launch an F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 335th Fighter Squadron during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Airmen were evaluated on their ability to conduct operations while fending off simulated air and ground attacks with a potential threat of chemical or biological agents, causing changes to mission orientated protective posture gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Senior Airman Joshua Sprinkle, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, marshals an F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 138 aircraft launched during the exercise which tested Team Seymour’s ability to successfully operate in a simulated hostile environment reflecting our current area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)
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Senior Airman Joshua Sprinkle, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, marshals an F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 138 aircraft launched during the exercise which tested Team Seymour’s ability to successfully operate in a simulated hostile environment reflecting our current area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Senior Airman Joshua Sprinkle, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, searches through a tool chest, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Night operations were conducted during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, which tested more than 1,000 Airmen’s abilities to perform in a simulated hostile location overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)
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Senior Airman Joshua Sprinkle, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, searches through a tool chest, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Night operations were conducted during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, which tested more than 1,000 Airmen’s abilities to perform in a simulated hostile location overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Airman 1st Class Melina Yeoman, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, conducts a check on an F-15E Strike Eagle during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. 24-hour operations were conducted during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)
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Airman 1st Class Melina Yeoman, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, conducts a check on an F-15E Strike Eagle during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. 24-hour operations were conducted during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

Senior Airman Joshua Sprinkle, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares to marshal an F-15E Strike Eagle during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Airmen assigned to the 4th AMXS performed 24-hour operations during the duration of the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)
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Senior Airman Joshua Sprinkle, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares to marshal an F-15E Strike Eagle during exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, Jan. 31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Airmen assigned to the 4th AMXS performed 24-hour operations during the duration of the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing takes off during night operations for exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The exercise conducted 24-hour operations where multiple scenarios were tested to reflect real-world scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)
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An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing takes off during night operations for exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The exercise conducted 24-hour operations where multiple scenarios were tested to reflect real-world scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. --

The 4th Fighter Wing conducted a base-wide employment exercise, Jan. 30-31, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

More than 1,000 Airmen participated in Exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01, which was designed to simulate deployed operations in our current area of responsibility to test both the aircrew flying and base personnel on the ground.

As part of the exercise, Airmen were evaluated on their ability to conduct operations while fending off simulated ground and air attacks with a potential threat of chemical or biological agents.

“The exercise is designed to test the wing’s ability to operate in an overseas hostile location,” said Col. Christopher Sage, 4th FW commander. “More specifically it is designed around places that we would most likely deploy.”

According to Lt. Col. Panos Bakogiannis, 4th FW Inspector General of Inspections chief of exercise and evaluations, the Wing Inspection Team diligently researched each squadron’s role in a deployed location in order to develop scenarios that accurately reflect real-world responses and procedures for exercise participants.

Airmen from the 4th Security Forces Squadron conducted apprehension scenarios, secured the airfield, entry control point operations, and conducted perimeter patrols that are day-to-day routine in a deployed location.

Personnel from the 4th Medical Group performed triage on Airmen with various simulated wounds while Airmen from the 4th Force Support Squadron conducted mortuary affairs operations as dictated by the exercise scenario.

On the flightline, Airmen conducted 24-hour operations while donning various levels of mission orientated protective posture gear, or MOPP, in response to different simulated alarms, threats and chemical or biological agents. In addition, Airmen from the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons unit conducted 40 continuous hours of full aircraft munitions loads to simulate combat aircraft configurations.

“At home station we don’t ever do a max load-up,” said Chief Master Sgt. Mark Sulzer, 4th MXG wing weapons manager. “For this exercise the weapons Airmen conducted max loads, same as we do downrange, to give them that combat experience to increase those expeditionary skills needed.”

The skills practiced and refined during expeditionary exercises at home station have a direct effect when Airmen of the 4th Fighter Wing deploy in support of contingency operations.

Recently deployed Airmen from the 335th Fighter Squadron and 4th Maintenance Group conducted operations in support of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Aircrew flew more than 1,200 sorties and dropped more than 2,000 bombs on various Islamic State of Iraq and Levant targets, while ground crew ran 24/7 operations in conjunction with the 24-hour flying operations. 

Airmen from the 4th MXG successfully launched 138 aircraft during the two-day exercise and more than 150 scenarios were conducted.

“Overall the exercise went well and met our objectives,” said Sage. “We identified areas where the wing excelled and areas that could use some improvement. All this information is collected and implemented to further our readiness for future real-world operations."


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