GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Airmen supporting Combined Endeavor 2012 celebrated the U.S. Air Force’s 65th birthday with representatives of approximately 40 nations and multinational organizations during a cake cutting ceremony Sept. 18.
“We are stepping back and taking time to remember that we are the United States Air Force,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Brooks, U.S. delegation chief. “We’ve been around formally since 1947 and together we bring information dominance and air dominance to the fight that supports our national goals and objectives. That’s something for which we can all be proud. It separates us from every other component of the United States military and makes us who we are.”
More than 50 Airmen from U.S. European Command and U.S. Air Forces Europe are participating in Combined Endeavor 2012 at the Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany.
“We have the best, cutting edge technology, but it is the Airmen who actually enable the fight and enable the Air Force to do what we do,” said Brooks, who oversees all U.S. forces within the exercise.
From the CE12 exercise director to the 1st Combat Communications Squadron, Airmen are enabling and executing the world’s largest military communications exercise.
The 1st CCS from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, is responsible for setting up the command and control local area network for all the countries and players to use for their own tests. There are also Airmen in protocol that’ve supported approximately 150 multinational military leaders during Distinguished Visitors Day, the USAFE Band which entertained these international guests during a formal dinner, and Public Affairs Airmen who’ve provided written and visual coverage for the exercise itself.
Several Airmen from U.S. Air National Guard units also volunteered to participate in this exercise.
“The 152nd (Air Operations Group) is tasked as an associate unit of USAFE and normally support our air operations center,” said Brooks. “For this exercise, they contacted us and volunteered to bring in senior and junior cyberspace members who are looking to expand their knowledge and mission sets. I really appreciated that. Participating in exercises, such as Combined Endeavor, a joint and multinational interoperability exercise, is the way in which we become better as an Air Force as well as grow our future.”
The Air Force’s mission is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace.
“As a C4 (command, control, communications and computer) interoperability exercise, we are bringing those tactical and operational systems together, working with our joint U.S. and multinational partners, and improving our tactics, techniques and procedures that make and enable the air fight to happen,” said Brooks.
CE12 is the world’s largest multinational command, control, communications and computer systems exercise designed to build and enhance communications and network interoperability.