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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.


U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS) based out of Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, take off during Diamond Shield 2019, March 20, 2019, at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Williamtown, Australia. The AGRS supported their Australian partners by providing adversary support in an effort to test their pilots’ ability during Diamond Shield. (U.S. Air Force photo By Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

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