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114th Fighter Wing participates in Exercise Northern Lightning

Master Sgt. Cameron Allsup, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares to launch an F-16 during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

Master Sgt. Cameron Allsup, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares to launch an F-16 during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

Lt. Col. Todd Sheridan, 175th Fighter Squadron pilot, performs a walk around inspection during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

Lt. Col. Todd Sheridan, 175th Fighter Squadron pilot, performs a walk around inspection during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

175th Fighter Squadron pilots approaches their assigned F-16s during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

175th Fighter Squadron pilots approaches their assigned F-16s during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

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Members of the 114th Fighter Wing participated in Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017.

What started as an annual exercise with viper aircraft from around the Midwest,  has grown into an air combat exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country.

“The vital reason for participating in these joint force exercises is to train for a large scale war where we will fight as a combined force, working together to accomplish the mission,” said Capt. Paul “MAR” Vaughan, fighter pilot and 114th Fighter Wing chief of scheduling.

These large force exercises give real world scenarios and teach pilots how to amplify their capabilities by utilizing each aircraft’s individual assets.  Not only did they work in a joint environment, but the pilots also had the opportunity to integrate 4th and 5th generation aircraft during air combat exercises such as air interdiction, offensive counter air, dynamic targeting, and close air support. 

“It’s great to see the integration between all the players out there,” said Lt. Col. Steve “Tuttle” Schultz, fighter pilot and 114th Fighter Wing chief of standardization/evaluation.

As a mission commander during the exercise, Schultz was in charge of leading a mission to solve tactical problems while achieving the ground commander’s intent.  Learning everyone’s role and what everyone brings to the fight helped them meet their objectives.

“The whole point of large force exercises is to get everybody working together, “said Schultz.  

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114th Fighter Wing participates in Exercise Northern Lightning

Master Sgt. Cameron Allsup, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares to launch an F-16 during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

Master Sgt. Cameron Allsup, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares to launch an F-16 during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

Lt. Col. Todd Sheridan, 175th Fighter Squadron pilot, performs a walk around inspection during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

Lt. Col. Todd Sheridan, 175th Fighter Squadron pilot, performs a walk around inspection during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

175th Fighter Squadron pilots approaches their assigned F-16s during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

175th Fighter Squadron pilots approaches their assigned F-16s during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

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Members of the 114th Fighter Wing participated in Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017.

What started as an annual exercise with viper aircraft from around the Midwest,  has grown into an air combat exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country.

“The vital reason for participating in these joint force exercises is to train for a large scale war where we will fight as a combined force, working together to accomplish the mission,” said Capt. Paul “MAR” Vaughan, fighter pilot and 114th Fighter Wing chief of scheduling.

These large force exercises give real world scenarios and teach pilots how to amplify their capabilities by utilizing each aircraft’s individual assets.  Not only did they work in a joint environment, but the pilots also had the opportunity to integrate 4th and 5th generation aircraft during air combat exercises such as air interdiction, offensive counter air, dynamic targeting, and close air support. 

“It’s great to see the integration between all the players out there,” said Lt. Col. Steve “Tuttle” Schultz, fighter pilot and 114th Fighter Wing chief of standardization/evaluation.

As a mission commander during the exercise, Schultz was in charge of leading a mission to solve tactical problems while achieving the ground commander’s intent.  Learning everyone’s role and what everyone brings to the fight helped them meet their objectives.

“The whole point of large force exercises is to get everybody working together, “said Schultz.  

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114th Fighter Wing participates in Exercise Northern Lightning

Master Sgt. Cameron Allsup, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares to launch an F-16 during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

Master Sgt. Cameron Allsup, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares to launch an F-16 during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

Lt. Col. Todd Sheridan, 175th Fighter Squadron pilot, performs a walk around inspection during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

Lt. Col. Todd Sheridan, 175th Fighter Squadron pilot, performs a walk around inspection during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

175th Fighter Squadron pilots approaches their assigned F-16s during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

175th Fighter Squadron pilots approaches their assigned F-16s during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

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Members of the 114th Fighter Wing participated in Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017.

What started as an annual exercise with viper aircraft from around the Midwest,  has grown into an air combat exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country.

“The vital reason for participating in these joint force exercises is to train for a large scale war where we will fight as a combined force, working together to accomplish the mission,” said Capt. Paul “MAR” Vaughan, fighter pilot and 114th Fighter Wing chief of scheduling.

These large force exercises give real world scenarios and teach pilots how to amplify their capabilities by utilizing each aircraft’s individual assets.  Not only did they work in a joint environment, but the pilots also had the opportunity to integrate 4th and 5th generation aircraft during air combat exercises such as air interdiction, offensive counter air, dynamic targeting, and close air support. 

“It’s great to see the integration between all the players out there,” said Lt. Col. Steve “Tuttle” Schultz, fighter pilot and 114th Fighter Wing chief of standardization/evaluation.

As a mission commander during the exercise, Schultz was in charge of leading a mission to solve tactical problems while achieving the ground commander’s intent.  Learning everyone’s role and what everyone brings to the fight helped them meet their objectives.

“The whole point of large force exercises is to get everybody working together, “said Schultz.  

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114th Fighter Wing participates in Exercise Northern Lightning

Master Sgt. Cameron Allsup, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares to launch an F-16 during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

Master Sgt. Cameron Allsup, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares to launch an F-16 during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

Lt. Col. Todd Sheridan, 175th Fighter Squadron pilot, performs a walk around inspection during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

Lt. Col. Todd Sheridan, 175th Fighter Squadron pilot, performs a walk around inspection during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

175th Fighter Squadron pilots approaches their assigned F-16s during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

175th Fighter Squadron pilots approaches their assigned F-16s during Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017. Northern Lightning is an exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode/Released)

Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin --

Members of the 114th Fighter Wing participated in Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12, 2017.

What started as an annual exercise with viper aircraft from around the Midwest,  has grown into an air combat exercise involving around 1,500 service members from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard across the country.

“The vital reason for participating in these joint force exercises is to train for a large scale war where we will fight as a combined force, working together to accomplish the mission,” said Capt. Paul “MAR” Vaughan, fighter pilot and 114th Fighter Wing chief of scheduling.

These large force exercises give real world scenarios and teach pilots how to amplify their capabilities by utilizing each aircraft’s individual assets.  Not only did they work in a joint environment, but the pilots also had the opportunity to integrate 4th and 5th generation aircraft during air combat exercises such as air interdiction, offensive counter air, dynamic targeting, and close air support. 

“It’s great to see the integration between all the players out there,” said Lt. Col. Steve “Tuttle” Schultz, fighter pilot and 114th Fighter Wing chief of standardization/evaluation.

As a mission commander during the exercise, Schultz was in charge of leading a mission to solve tactical problems while achieving the ground commander’s intent.  Learning everyone’s role and what everyone brings to the fight helped them meet their objectives.

“The whole point of large force exercises is to get everybody working together, “said Schultz.