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    Agile airpower: Northern Agility 22-1 kicks off in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

    KC-135 lands to support Northern Agility 22-1

    Photo By Master Sgt. Scott Thompson | A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 191st Air Refueling Group,...... read more read more



    Story by Capt. Andrew Layton 

    Michigan National Guard

    MARQUETTE, Michigan -- U.S. Air Force KC-135 aircraft from the 127th Wing, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan, arrived Monday at Sawyer International Airport in Marquette, Michigan to kick off Northern Agility 22-1, a joint, total-force Agile Combat Employment exercise led by the Michigan Air National Guard.

    Upon arrival, the tankers performed wet-wing defuel operations, with support from U.S. Army Soldiers from the Michigan National Guard's 3-238th General Support Aviation Battalion, Grand Ledge Aviation Support Facility. A wet-wing defuel transfers fuel from the wings of an aircraft to either another expeditionary fuel bladder or a fuel truck while the engines run. A refueling aircraft can land in an austere environment, offload fuel using the aircraft pumps and take off with minimal time on the ground. Wet-wing refueling is often used for contingency operations under the U.S. Air Force's Agile Combat Employment doctrine.

    "Agile Combat Employment is the ability to project airpower anytime, anywhere, in order to stay one step ahead of our adversaries," said Lt. Col. Brian Wyrzykowski, lead operations planner for Northern Agility 22-1. "It's about being able to execute missions quickly and in unpredictable ways."

    On June 29, Northern Agility 22-1 will showcase A-10 Thunderbolt II, Air Force Special Operations Command MC-12W, C-145A, C-146A and U-28A aircraft conducting Agile Combat Employment operations on a closed portion of a public highway east of Munising, Michigan. For the first time ever during highway-based operations, maintenance crews will then perform a series of Integrated Combat Turns, which enable the quick rearming and refueling of a running jet to reduce the aircrew’s ground time and get them back into the air.

    During Northern Agility 22-1, the Kelly Johnson Joint All-Domain Innovation Center will also team with industry partners to demonstrate numerous technologies for augmented reality to enhance the multi-capable Airman concept, rapid integration of the Command & Control ecosystem, Synthetic Aperture Radar, Advanced Threat Detection and Visualization and other capabilities.

    “Northern Agility 22-1 would not be possible without the long-term partnerships that exist between the Michigan National Guard and the Michigan State Police, Michigan Dept. of Transportation, Alger County Sheriff’s Office, and of course, support from our neighbors in the Upper Peninsula. We are beyond grateful for their cooperation and flexibility to make this event happen.” said Wyrzykowski. “This is an extraordinary training opportunity for our Airmen delivered by the unwavering support of patriotic Michiganders. On behalf of a grateful Michigan Air National Guard, we can’t say thank you enough.”



    Date Taken: 06.28.2022
    Date Posted: 06.28.2022 07:04
    Story ID: 423907
    Location: MARQUETTE, MI, US 

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