Welcome to Green Flag!
Please read the following briefing carefully. The success of this exercise is directly linked to you, the pilots who will be flying as Blue Air, and the amount of preparation and effort each of you puts in to making this the awesome experience Green Flag has the potential to be. Some of the most effective things you can do to help make this go smoothly are:
(1) Have the correct install of Falcon 4 up and running as per 56th VFW standards/instructions. The install for Green Flag 08-01 is our standard OF 4.5 install.
(2) Have the right theater selected. In this case we'll be flying out of Nellis AFB using the Nevada Red Flag 1 theater.
(3) Make sure you know the correct connection procedures, and that you have any required options set up and ready to go. For example IVC. If you need assistance please get with your SQ leadership, or any of the 56th VFW leadership.
(4) Show up for flights on time and ready to fly. Read any briefings provided to you ahead of time and know what your part in the mission is.
(5) Support your leadership and wing/SQ mates in any way that you possibly can. From listening attentively to helping mission plan, to knowing your job.... it all adds up to more effective performance as a whole and definately to more fun & enjoyment for everyone.
Green Flag is a joint USAF, U.S. Army, USN, USMC, and friendly allied nations exercise. Originally catering strictly to the electronic aspect of war fighting (ECM, Jamming, SEAD, DEAD etc.), Green Flag has recently morphed into an electronic warfare, precision guided munitions, CAS, night systems (NVG, TGP)and irregular warfare (counter insurgency, counter guerrilla, urban) exercise. It is a truely joint exercise focusing heavily on ground forces and air power interface, support and communication.
The 56th VFW Green Flag will focus on the same areas as the real world exercise. Day & night ops for SEAD/DEAD, electronic warfare, night systems, CAS and precision guided munitions employment in irregular warfare CAS/STRIKE situations.
This will be a month long event and will feature joint ops focusing on SEAD, Electronic Warfare, DEAD, Night systems, Precision Guided munitions, CAS, Urban CAS. An exercise war "scenario" has been established the details of which can be found on the Intel portion of this site. The prosecution of the "war" and strategy will be planned and implemented by SQ/Wing leadership. Basically an overall objective will be given at the start of the exercise by the over all Joint Force Commander (JFC). Higher level SQ/Wing leadership assigned as the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) and Deputy JFACC, will generate the ATO based on general exercise taskings handed down by the JFC. Mission planning will fall to assigned package and flight leaders. The JFC, JFACC and Deputy JFACC for Green Flag 08-01 are:
Deputy JFACC: Bearforce
The JFACC and Deputy JFACC will be running the show for the Blue Force Air Power part of the exercise. They will select their staff, set the ATO, assign pilots to Package & Flight lead positions, set the real world times & days for actual flight ops, delegate any responsibilities they see fit to ensure accomplishment of successful Blue Force exercise ops and training goals, and give final approval to any and all mission plans. They will also have the final word on substitutions to the Green Flag roster and participation in Green Flag mission flights.
The JFC will issue taskings for Air support to the JFACC staff throughout the exercise. JFACC staff will then develop the overall air battle plan and issue the ATO to Package & Flight leads so they can conduct specific mission planning. The JFACC will be able to utilize all Air component asstets available "in Theater". That is use both human and AI assets at their descretion to provide support to the JFC and ground force commanders. One week before the official exercise start date taskings and the first Green Flag TE will be sent to the JFACC staff. The JFACC staff can then plan and alot forces as needed and then allow Package/Flight Leads to make adjustmets to the TE for specific mission planning. Final mission plans and TE updates will then be sent back to the JFACC for final approval. This process MUST be accomplished prior to the flight time/date established by the JFACC staff. Publishing & conducting Individual Package & Flight briefs will be the responsibility of the Package/Flight Leads. Package & Flight leads should feel free to delegate responsibilities and have their flight members be as involved in the mission planning process as they see fit.
The empahsis for Green Flag will be joint SEAD/DEAD, CAS, urban CAS/counter insurgent, using precision weapons and Strafing tactics to minimize colateral damage and/or avoid fratricide incidents when called on to employ "danger close" weapons effects. The plan is to have a AWACS/GFAC/JSTARS controller provide targeting assistance for at least some portions of this exercise as well as an aggressor presence. Both of these assets availability for the exrcise will depend heavily on the numbers of pilots participating. As of now plans are that a small Aggressor force will provide an accurate OPFOR threat. If used the Aggressors will accurately replicate threat tactics and performance in a scaled presentation starting out in a limited presentation and increasing to a full up "cuffs" off replication of 3rd & 4th gen threats by the end of the exercise.
Expect for the Green Flag scenario to begin with a more conventional electronic warfare (ECM, JSEAD & JDEAD) scenario against large forces and to progress to CAS both in more traditional and finally urban environments.
There will be mini training camps / spin up training conducted by various 56th SQ's geared toward the weapons, systems and tactics needed to be successful in this exercise.
Ultimately it is the responsibility of SQ leadership and each individual pilot, to ensure that those pilots attending Green Falg are trained and ready to perform in Green Flag. Green Flag is a training exercise for employment tactics, not a basic training school. You should show up with a decent knowledge of the systems you will be required to employ during this exercise. Basically you need to have a knowledge of and how to use & basically employ the:
targeting pod, LGB's, GPS munitions, NVG's, HAD/AGM-88, CBU's, "dumb" bombs, CCIP & CCRP deliveries, Gun strafing, the IDM, mission planning options on the briefing screen, IVC (both setup & Operation in game), and data sharing via IDM.
Finally if you are reading this & want to participate in Green Flag, please make sure that you sign up on the 56th MB. Only those pilots who have signed up will be able to fly in this exercise. If you have any issues, questions or concerns please ask your SQ leadership, Thumpper or General for assistance.
Good luck & happy hunting to you all, and I'll see you in the air.