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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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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 18th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS) based out of Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, takes off March 18, 2019, at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Australia during Diamond Shield 2019. The AGRS and the 353rd Combat Training Squadron support the exercise by flying ‘Red Air’ as well as creating ways to test integrated tactics, techniques and procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

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