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vol. 3, no. 3  Serving Southern Nevada’s military community, including Nellis, Creech and NTTR                      Feb. 1, 2019

                     An Aerotech news And review publicAtion •

               Nellis to shift traiNiNg to address higher-eNd adversaries

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Andrew D. Sarver

Maj. Nick Krajicek, a pilot assigned to the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstrations Squadron, and Gen. James “Mike” Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, cheer before take-
off Jan. 9, 2019, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.. This was Holmes’ first flight with the USAFADS.

by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie                       significance of Nellis preparing for future conflicts          Additionally, Holmes recognized the importance
                                                        against higher-end oppositions.                             of the contributions Nellis provides to the Air Force.
Nellis AFB, Nev.
                                                           “Nellis is where we’re leading that transition,” said       “One of the great things about being at Nellis is
   The commander of Air Combat Command spoke            Holmes. “Here is where we focus on that training            it’s a place where our past, present and future come
about the future of Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and    against that higher-end adversary, and where we’re          together,” said Holmes. “You’re in the middle of all
the Nevada Test and Training Range while hosting        developing new tactics and new capabilities to shift        this heritage that goes all the way back to World War
the Combat Air Force Weapons and Tactics Confer-        into the future.”                                           II but trained by all the guys that were Aces back in
ence Jan. 7-18.                                                                                                     the Korean War.”
                                                           Holmes also stressed the significance of the NTTR,
   WEPTAC is an annual, two-week conference to          a vital resource for the training conducted at Nel-            Finally, Holmes talked about the people who make
bring together warfighters to discuss current issues,   lis, and how it will be used to train for tomorrow’s        Nellis what it is and the vital role each Airman con-
look at future issues, and provide solutions for joint  adversaries.                                                tributes to the Air Force mission.
and coalition air forces.
                                                           “The NTTR is a national asset because it is the one         “Whether you’re making ID cards or taking blood
   “We’re transitioning in our Air Force that was       place in the U.S. where we can train and be free of the     at the hospital, you do it so we can be the best Air
focused on fighting violent extremist, terrorists       national transportation structure,” said Holmes. “What      Force in the world,” said Holmes. “It is so we can
and low-tech militaries around the world to an Air      is going to happen as we move forward into the future is    control and exploit the air and space. So, thank you
Force that’s focused on combating peer adversaries      improving the threats we can replicate. We’ll be upgrad-    for everyone who takes part.”
from the systems they build or sell,” said Gen. Mike    ing the ground threats, air threats, and command and
Holmes, the ACC commander.                              control to tie the range together to make sure it emulates     Nellis has kept its legacy throughout the past 78
                                                        that threat we are trying to train against.”                years, and it will continue to adapt to the new chal-
   Furthermore, Holmes went on to emphasize the                                                                     lenges faced in air, space and cyberspace domains.

INSIDE: Commentary – 2; News – 3-5; Veterans’ News – 6; Lighter Side – 10-12
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