Training exercise at Robins Air Force Base biggest in years
Airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base are joining personnel from Robins Air Force Base to launch exercise Iron Dagger, a training exercise involving personnel from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and Department of Homeland Security.
Exercise Project Officer, Maj. Jeffrey Digsby says the training is helping more than 400 personnel practice "tactics, techniques, and procedures" with new anti-submarine reconnaissance aircraft.
Digsby says the aerial search and destroy exercises, taking place off the coast of South Carolina, began Monday and are scheduled to run through Friday.
"I'm very energized for this exercise, this is the first annual exercise Iron Dagger...It's an opportunity to bring in our joint and coalition partners to train in our mission sets that we're engaged in around the world," Digsby said.
Digsby says the training exercise utilizes more than $1 billion worth of aircraft, personnel, and other technology. He says the inclusion of personnel from different bases and agencies helps team members become more cohesive when deployed overseas.