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Diamond shield brings U.S. and Australian air force units together to support joint operations as part of the RAAF Air Warfare Instructor Course (AWIC). Similar to weapons school for U.S. Air Force pilots, the AWIC trains Airmen on valuable tactics, techniques and procedures necessary for aerial operations. Diamond Shield aims to test AWIC students as well as provide an opportunity to integrate with U.S. Air Force assets and Airmen. The AGRS provides the premiere adversary support necessary to test the students ability during Diamond Shield.


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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Monaco, the 18th Aggressor Squadron commander based out of Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, conducts pre-flight checks March 18, 2019, during exercise Diamond Shield 2019 at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Australia. Diamond Shield is a biennial exercise that helps to strengthen interoperability between the U.S. and Australian air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

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