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    Emerald Flag exercise begins

    Emerald Flag prep

    Photo By 2nd Lt. Karissa Rodriguez | Simulated foreign targets stand ready for Emerald Flag on the Eglin Test and Training...... read more read more

    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FL, UNITED STATES

    12.01.2020

    Story by 2nd Lt. Karissa Rodriguez 

    96th Test Wing Public Affairs

    Emerald Flag, Eglin’s first native multi-domain test exercise, began here Dec. 1-5 on the Eglin test and training range.

    This inaugural event brings more than 25 agencies to participate. It is a collaborative multi-service effort focused on increasing the effectiveness of the joint domain warfighter.

    “The goal is to align DoD resources across the Florida panhandle and enable multi-domain test and experimentation to prepare the warfighter for a 21st-century fight,” said Maj. Alexander Hillman, 45th Test Squadron.

    The event incorporates ground, space, cyberspace and air platforms. The test connects those different platforms to improve the speed and flow of information.

    Another large aspect of Emerald Flag is the integration of Eglin’s five Ws: weapons, water, webs, widgets, and warfighters, according to Hillman.

    Weapons testing is part of the 96th Test Wing’s primary mission.

    Water is a unique Eglin capability that can be utilized in missions on the Eglin Test and Training Range.

    Webs is the battlespace of the 96th Cyberspace Test Group in their role in delivering cyberspace capabilities.

    Widgets refer to development programs from the Air Force Research Lab seeking to exercise or demonstrate their progress in a realistic test environment.

    Warfighters is a reference to the 53rd Wing’s operational test presence.

    Eglin has the unique capability of integrating across and amongst these five Ws and enabling a development environment for the agencies participating in Emerald Flag, according to Hillman.

    This demonstration environment concept originated from within the 96th Test Wing and AFRL’s Munitions Directorate, the Armament Directorate and the 53d Wing were integral in shaping the event.

    This week’s event planning began in the middle of the COVID-19 shutdown in March. The Emerald Flag event team judges its success based on the number of unique multi-domain and interoperability test points conducted during testing.

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    Date Taken: 12.01.2020
    Date Posted: 12.12.2020 18:54
    Story ID: 384863
    Location: EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FL, US 

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