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114th Fighter Wing participates in Combat Raider 2021

Tech Sgt. Jed Smeenk, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, goes through post-flight inspections afterthe arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider

Tech Sgt. Jed Smeenk, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, goes through post-flight inspections after the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

Master Sgt. Wade Shatter, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, removes a travel pod during the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D.

Master Sgt. Wade Shatter, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, removes a travel pod during the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

Staff Sgt. Trevor Ramstad, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, goes through recovery procedures during the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider.

Staff Sgt. Trevor Ramstad, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, goes through recovery procedures during the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

114th Aircraft Maintenance crew chiefs goes through recovery procedures during the F-16 arrival at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider.

114th Aircraft Maintenance crew chiefs goes through recovery procedures during the F-16 arrival at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Jessica Bak)

114th Fighter Wing F-16s arrived at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider.

114th Fighter Wing F-16s arrived at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Jessica Bak)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

In order to more effectively accomplish the mission, Airmen must train both on a small and large scale in a variety of different events and locations.

Combat Raider is an annual large force training exercise designed to train various aircrews in high-end, realistic scenarios supporting a full range of operations. This annual training exercise, first established in 2016, was conducted from July 19 to July 23, 2021 at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.

As part of its annual training cycle, the 114th Fighter Wing is one of 34 different flying units that participated this year. 

“There's three reasons we are here at combat raider,” Lt. Col. Joe Schenkel, 114th Fighter Wing Combat Raider Officer in Charge, stated. “One is to train the pilots in integrated combat employment scenarios with dissimilar aircraft. We’re here with a lot of other assets the Air Force has and it's a rare opportunity for our pilots to train in an integrated environment like this and see how we would actually go to war.”

The second reason, Schenkel explained, is that this provides pilots an opportunity to complete upgrade training as well.

The third reason the 114th Fighter Wing participated is to continue practicing the Agile Combat Employment and Multicapable Airmen concepts.

“Agile Combat Employment is taking a minimal group of people and deploying them to another location to accomplish the mission with the smallest footprint possible,” Schenkel explained.

“The Multicapable Airman concept is where Airmen perform other duties outside their normal duties,” explained Senior Master Sgt. Andy Mager, 114th Fighter Wing Combat Raider Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge. “We’re training them to assist the areas that are short on personnel.” 

Mager explained that he likes to see these training opportunities push Airmen to step out of their comfort zones by helping others and learning to ask for help themselves

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114th Fighter Wing participates in Combat Raider 2021

Tech Sgt. Jed Smeenk, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, goes through post-flight inspections afterthe arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider

Tech Sgt. Jed Smeenk, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, goes through post-flight inspections after the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

Master Sgt. Wade Shatter, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, removes a travel pod during the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D.

Master Sgt. Wade Shatter, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, removes a travel pod during the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

Staff Sgt. Trevor Ramstad, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, goes through recovery procedures during the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider.

Staff Sgt. Trevor Ramstad, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, goes through recovery procedures during the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

114th Aircraft Maintenance crew chiefs goes through recovery procedures during the F-16 arrival at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider.

114th Aircraft Maintenance crew chiefs goes through recovery procedures during the F-16 arrival at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Jessica Bak)

114th Fighter Wing F-16s arrived at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider.

114th Fighter Wing F-16s arrived at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Jessica Bak)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

In order to more effectively accomplish the mission, Airmen must train both on a small and large scale in a variety of different events and locations.

Combat Raider is an annual large force training exercise designed to train various aircrews in high-end, realistic scenarios supporting a full range of operations. This annual training exercise, first established in 2016, was conducted from July 19 to July 23, 2021 at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.

As part of its annual training cycle, the 114th Fighter Wing is one of 34 different flying units that participated this year. 

“There's three reasons we are here at combat raider,” Lt. Col. Joe Schenkel, 114th Fighter Wing Combat Raider Officer in Charge, stated. “One is to train the pilots in integrated combat employment scenarios with dissimilar aircraft. We’re here with a lot of other assets the Air Force has and it's a rare opportunity for our pilots to train in an integrated environment like this and see how we would actually go to war.”

The second reason, Schenkel explained, is that this provides pilots an opportunity to complete upgrade training as well.

The third reason the 114th Fighter Wing participated is to continue practicing the Agile Combat Employment and Multicapable Airmen concepts.

“Agile Combat Employment is taking a minimal group of people and deploying them to another location to accomplish the mission with the smallest footprint possible,” Schenkel explained.

“The Multicapable Airman concept is where Airmen perform other duties outside their normal duties,” explained Senior Master Sgt. Andy Mager, 114th Fighter Wing Combat Raider Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge. “We’re training them to assist the areas that are short on personnel.” 

Mager explained that he likes to see these training opportunities push Airmen to step out of their comfort zones by helping others and learning to ask for help themselves

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114th Fighter Wing participates in Combat Raider 2021

Tech Sgt. Jed Smeenk, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, goes through post-flight inspections afterthe arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider

Tech Sgt. Jed Smeenk, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, goes through post-flight inspections after the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

Master Sgt. Wade Shatter, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, removes a travel pod during the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D.

Master Sgt. Wade Shatter, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, removes a travel pod during the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

Staff Sgt. Trevor Ramstad, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, goes through recovery procedures during the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider.

Staff Sgt. Trevor Ramstad, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, goes through recovery procedures during the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

114th Aircraft Maintenance crew chiefs goes through recovery procedures during the F-16 arrival at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider.

114th Aircraft Maintenance crew chiefs goes through recovery procedures during the F-16 arrival at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Jessica Bak)

114th Fighter Wing F-16s arrived at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider.

114th Fighter Wing F-16s arrived at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Jessica Bak)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

In order to more effectively accomplish the mission, Airmen must train both on a small and large scale in a variety of different events and locations.

Combat Raider is an annual large force training exercise designed to train various aircrews in high-end, realistic scenarios supporting a full range of operations. This annual training exercise, first established in 2016, was conducted from July 19 to July 23, 2021 at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.

As part of its annual training cycle, the 114th Fighter Wing is one of 34 different flying units that participated this year. 

“There's three reasons we are here at combat raider,” Lt. Col. Joe Schenkel, 114th Fighter Wing Combat Raider Officer in Charge, stated. “One is to train the pilots in integrated combat employment scenarios with dissimilar aircraft. We’re here with a lot of other assets the Air Force has and it's a rare opportunity for our pilots to train in an integrated environment like this and see how we would actually go to war.”

The second reason, Schenkel explained, is that this provides pilots an opportunity to complete upgrade training as well.

The third reason the 114th Fighter Wing participated is to continue practicing the Agile Combat Employment and Multicapable Airmen concepts.

“Agile Combat Employment is taking a minimal group of people and deploying them to another location to accomplish the mission with the smallest footprint possible,” Schenkel explained.

“The Multicapable Airman concept is where Airmen perform other duties outside their normal duties,” explained Senior Master Sgt. Andy Mager, 114th Fighter Wing Combat Raider Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge. “We’re training them to assist the areas that are short on personnel.” 

Mager explained that he likes to see these training opportunities push Airmen to step out of their comfort zones by helping others and learning to ask for help themselves

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114th Fighter Wing participates in Combat Raider 2021

Tech Sgt. Jed Smeenk, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, goes through post-flight inspections afterthe arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider

Tech Sgt. Jed Smeenk, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, goes through post-flight inspections after the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

Master Sgt. Wade Shatter, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, removes a travel pod during the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D.

Master Sgt. Wade Shatter, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, removes a travel pod during the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

Staff Sgt. Trevor Ramstad, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, goes through recovery procedures during the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider.

Staff Sgt. Trevor Ramstad, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, goes through recovery procedures during the arrival of 114th Fighter Wing F-16s at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Duane Duimstra)

114th Aircraft Maintenance crew chiefs goes through recovery procedures during the F-16 arrival at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider.

114th Aircraft Maintenance crew chiefs goes through recovery procedures during the F-16 arrival at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Jessica Bak)

114th Fighter Wing F-16s arrived at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider.

114th Fighter Wing F-16s arrived at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. for exercise Combat Raider. Combat Raider is a large-scale exercise used to assess Air Force pilots' integrated combat mission readiness in a simulated wartime scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Jessica Bak)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

In order to more effectively accomplish the mission, Airmen must train both on a small and large scale in a variety of different events and locations.

Combat Raider is an annual large force training exercise designed to train various aircrews in high-end, realistic scenarios supporting a full range of operations. This annual training exercise, first established in 2016, was conducted from July 19 to July 23, 2021 at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.

As part of its annual training cycle, the 114th Fighter Wing is one of 34 different flying units that participated this year. 

“There's three reasons we are here at combat raider,” Lt. Col. Joe Schenkel, 114th Fighter Wing Combat Raider Officer in Charge, stated. “One is to train the pilots in integrated combat employment scenarios with dissimilar aircraft. We’re here with a lot of other assets the Air Force has and it's a rare opportunity for our pilots to train in an integrated environment like this and see how we would actually go to war.”

The second reason, Schenkel explained, is that this provides pilots an opportunity to complete upgrade training as well.

The third reason the 114th Fighter Wing participated is to continue practicing the Agile Combat Employment and Multicapable Airmen concepts.

“Agile Combat Employment is taking a minimal group of people and deploying them to another location to accomplish the mission with the smallest footprint possible,” Schenkel explained.

“The Multicapable Airman concept is where Airmen perform other duties outside their normal duties,” explained Senior Master Sgt. Andy Mager, 114th Fighter Wing Combat Raider Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge. “We’re training them to assist the areas that are short on personnel.” 

Mager explained that he likes to see these training opportunities push Airmen to step out of their comfort zones by helping others and learning to ask for help themselves