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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 Capt. Christopher Prochnow, an 18th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS) pilot based out of Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, talks to reporters during a media conference March 20, 2019, at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Williamtown, Australia. The AGRS are in Australia as part of Diamond Shield, an exercise that aims to bring together U.S. and Australian air force units together to support joint operations as part of the RAAF Air Warfare Instructor Course. (U.S. Air Force photo By Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

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