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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 (AGRS) commander based out of Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, takes off in the 354th Fighter Wing flagship, during Exercise Diamond Shield 2019, March 19, 2019, at Royal Australian Air Force Base (RAAF) Williamtown, Australia. 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 on they're knowledge to this point as well as provide an opportunity to integrate with U.S. Air Force assets and Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo By Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

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