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    Luke soars during IP War Day

    Luke soars during IP War Day

    Photo By Senior Airman Elias Carrero | A U.S. Air Force crew chief assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing examines an F-16...... read more read more



    Story by Airman 1st Class Elias Carrero 

    56th Fighter Wing

    LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The 56th Fighter Wing worked with Arizona Air National Guard and United States Marine Corps units to launch 52 aircraft during the latest Instructor Pilot War Day at the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Arizona, June 23, 2023.

    The large-force exercise is a routine event where multiple military units stationed in Arizona cooperate to simulate a large-scale aerial combat operation that included pilots from Luke Air Force Base, Davis-Monthan AFB, Morris Air National Guard Base, Goldwater ANGB, and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

    “The intent of IP War Day is to ensure our operators maintain the highest level of tactical proficiency and our instructor pilots are able to distill lessons from the LFE into their day-to-day student training,” said U.S Air Force Col. Matthew Johnston, 56th Operations Group commander. “IP War Day ensures our Airmen are tactically ready and subject matter experts in our mission to train the world’s greatest fighter pilots and combat-ready Airmen.”

    One such area of training the 56th FW focused on during this total force exercise was the suppression of enemy air defense (SEAD).

    “SEAD is one of the primary roles of the F-35,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Lucas Emerson-Smith, 62nd Fighter Squadron pilot. “Without SEAD the risk to the rest of the forces involved in air combat would increase drastically. By practicing threat assessment, developing a gameplan and adapting those plans in real time to successfully eliminate enemy surface-to-air missile systems, we are able to prepare to properly protect our forces in a real fight.”

    It is through regular LFE’s such as IP War Day that Luke AFB and their training partners increase tactical proficiency and maintain a ready and capable combat force. These enhance Luke’s ability to coordinate large-scale operations alongside other wings, services, and foreign partner nations. This ensures aircrew have the mental agility to engage in the flexible execution of air power.

    Story was originally posted to the Luke Air Force Base website on June 27, 2023 and may be found at



    Date Taken: 06.23.2023
    Date Posted: 06.27.2023 19:10
    Story ID: 448149
    Location: ARIZONA, US

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