Historic Highway Landing Advances Agile Combat Employment > Air Force > Article Display
ALGER COUNTY, Mich. (AFNS) —
Air National Guard A-10 Thunderbolt II, Air Force Special Operations Command MC-12W Freedom, C-145A Combat Coyote and U-28A Dragoand one C-146A Wolfhound from Air Force Reserves landed, took off, and made integrated combat turns on a closed 9,000-foot section of Michigan’s M-28 highway.
It was the first time that integrated combat turns, which allow rapid re-arming and refueling of a moving jet aircraft, have been performed on a public road in the United States. The temporary landing zone is one of several progressive training scenarios held this week during the Michigan Air National Guard’s Exercise Northern Agility 22-1 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Northern Agility 22-1 demonstrates the Air Force’s agile combat employment doctrine — ready to execute missions quickly in unpredictable ways. The landing zone was named “Hawk LZ” in honor of F-16 pilot Major Durwood “Hawk” Jones of the Wisconsin ANG’s 115th Fighter Wing, who lost his life in an air crash. training in Michigan in 2020.
“Northern Agility 22-1 is a historic exercise that supports the Air Force’s directive to ‘accelerate change or lose’, as well as the ability of our Airmen to generate combat power anytime, anywhere,” said Brig. General Bryan Teff, assistant adjutant general and commandant of Michigan ANG. “Michigan is a champion of agile combat employment, so when it comes to leveraging our state’s unique partnerships, training environment, and resources to ensure the Joint Force maintains a ahead of our opponents, today was a huge success.”
Additional staging and training activities for contested logistics, sustainment, and multi-capable airman concepts took place this week at other locations in Algiers County, including the international airport. of Sawyer and Hanley Field.
Participating units include AFSOC’s 1st Special Operations Group, Hurlburt Field, Florida, and 6th Special Operations Squadron, Duke Field, Florida; 119th Air Force Reserve Special Operations Wing, Duke Field; 127th Michigan Wing ANG, Base Selfridge ANG; 137th Oklahoma ANG Special Operations Wing, Will Rogers ANG Base; and the 175th Maryland ANG Fighter Wing, Warfield ANG Base. Additionally, a MQ-9 Mower from the 119th Wing ANG from North Dakota, Fargo ANG Base, along with a crew of airmen from the 110th Wing ANG from Michigan, Battle Creek ANG Base, were involved.
“Northern Agility 22-1 would not be possible without the long-term partnerships that exist between the Michigan National Guard and the Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Transportation, Alger County Sheriff’s Office and, of course, the support of our Upper Peninsula neighbors,” said Lt. Col. Brian Wyrzykowski, Northern Agility 22-1 senior operations planner.
The Kelly Johnson Joint All-Domain Innovation Center also teamed up with industry partners during Northern Agility 22-1 to demonstrate augmented reality technologies to enhance the multi-capable Airman concept, l rapid integration of command and control ecosystem, synthetic aperture radar and advanced threat detection and visualization.
“Michigan is home to an incredible manufacturing spirit, entrepreneurial culture, and tremendous pride and patriotism that make it an ideal place for the Department of Defense to continue training for the future. war combat,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.