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18th Wing completes super surge

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron is parked on the flightline prior to the start of a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. 18th Wing fighter squadrons are capable of flying more than 100 sorties a day while conducting surge operations, honing air-to-air tactics and advanced combat maneuvers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron is parked on the flightline prior to the start of a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. 18th Wing fighter squadrons are capable of flying more than 100 sorties a day while conducting surge operations, honing air-to-air tactics and advanced combat maneuvers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron are parked on the flightline prior to the start of a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Surge operations are designed to simulate a fast-paced, deployed combat environment to ensure aircrew and support personnel are always ready to execute missions in defense of the U. S. and its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron are parked on the flightline prior to the start of a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Surge operations are designed to simulate a fast-paced, deployed combat environment to ensure aircrew and support personnel are always ready to execute missions in defense of the U. S. and its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Quincy Clingman, 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, takes inventory of a toolbox prior to the start of a flight at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Increased flying operations during the super surge exercise provide valuable experience for maintenance personnel, simulating the fast-paced environment they would face in a deployed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Quincy Clingman, 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, takes inventory of a toolbox prior to the start of a flight at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Increased flying operations during the super surge exercise provide valuable experience for maintenance personnel, simulating the fast-paced environment they would face in a deployed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Quincy Clingman, 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, prepares to marshal an F-15C Eagle during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Surge operations are designed to simulate a fast-paced, deployed combat environment to ensure aircrew and support personnel are always ready to execute missions in defense of the U.S. and its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Quincy Clingman, 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, prepares to marshal an F-15C Eagle during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Surge operations are designed to simulate a fast-paced, deployed combat environment to ensure aircrew and support personnel are always ready to execute missions in defense of the U.S. and its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Capt. David Thomas, 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle pilot, climbs into the cockpit of an aircraft during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Surge operations provide aircrew and support personnel the opportunity to hone the skills necessary to maintain a ready force, capable of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Capt. David Thomas, 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle pilot, climbs into the cockpit of an aircraft during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Surge operations provide aircrew and support personnel the opportunity to hone the skills necessary to maintain a ready force, capable of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Capt. David Thomas, 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle pilot, gives the signal for starting the engine during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. 18th Wing fighter squadrons are capable of flying more than 100 sorties a day while conducting surge operations, honing air-to-air tactics and advanced combat maneuvers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force Capt. David Thomas, 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle pilot, gives the signal for starting the engine during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. 18th Wing fighter squadrons are capable of flying more than 100 sorties a day while conducting surge operations, honing air-to-air tactics and advanced combat maneuvers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

An F-15C Eagle pilot assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron taxis down the flightline during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. 18th Wing fighter squadrons can fly more than 100 sorties a day while conducting surge operations, honing air-to-air tactics and advanced combat maneuvers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

An F-15C Eagle pilot assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron taxis down the flightline during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. 18th Wing fighter squadrons can fly more than 100 sorties a day while conducting surge operations, honing air-to-air tactics and advanced combat maneuvers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

Airman 1st Class Connor Perkins, 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant dedicated crew chief, salutes a departing pilot during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Increased flying operations during the super surge exercise provide valuable experience for maintenance personnel, simulating the fast-paced environment they would face in a deployed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

Airman 1st Class Connor Perkins, 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant dedicated crew chief, salutes a departing pilot during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Increased flying operations during the super surge exercise provide valuable experience for maintenance personnel, simulating the fast-paced environment they would face in a deployed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron takes off during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Surge operations are designed to simulate a fast-paced, deployed combat environment to ensure aircrew and support personnel are always ready to execute missions in defense of the U.S. and its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron takes off during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Surge operations are designed to simulate a fast-paced, deployed combat environment to ensure aircrew and support personnel are always ready to execute missions in defense of the U.S. and its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

Airman 1st Class David Young, left, and Airman 1st Class Devin Lopez, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuel distribution operators, wait for aircraft to arrive for hot pit refueling during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021.  Surge operations provide aircrew and support personnel the opportunity to hone the skills necessary to maintain a ready force, capable of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)
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Airman 1st Class David Young, left, and Airman 1st Class Devin Lopez, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuel distribution operators, wait for aircraft to arrive for hot pit refueling during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Surge operations provide aircrew and support personnel the opportunity to hone the skills necessary to maintain a ready force, capable of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

Airman 1st Class Devin Brewer, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, pulls the fuel hose for hot pit refueling during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Hot pit refueling reduces the ground time between sorties by refueling active aircraft, enabling maximum training in a shorter time frame. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)
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Airman 1st Class Devin Brewer, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, pulls the fuel hose for hot pit refueling during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Hot pit refueling reduces the ground time between sorties by refueling active aircraft, enabling maximum training in a shorter time frame. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

Senior Airman Jason Aungkhaingtun, 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics specialist, hooks up a fuel hose to an F-15C Eagle during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Surge operations provide aircrew and support personnel the opportunity to hone the skills necessary to maintain a ready force, capable of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)
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Senior Airman Jason Aungkhaingtun, 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics specialist, hooks up a fuel hose to an F-15C Eagle during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Surge operations provide aircrew and support personnel the opportunity to hone the skills necessary to maintain a ready force, capable of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

Airman 1st Class Connor Perkins, 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant dedicated crew chief, marshals an F-15C Eagle onto the apron during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Surge operations are designed to simulate a fast-paced, deployed combat environment to ensure aircrew and support personnel are always ready to execute missions in defense of the U.S. and its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)
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Airman 1st Class Connor Perkins, 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant dedicated crew chief, marshals an F-15C Eagle onto the apron during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Surge operations are designed to simulate a fast-paced, deployed combat environment to ensure aircrew and support personnel are always ready to execute missions in defense of the U.S. and its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

Airman 1st Class Connor Perkins, 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant dedicated crew chief, communicates with a pilot during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Surge operations provide aircrew and support personnel the opportunity to hone the skills necessary to maintain a ready force, capable of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)
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Airman 1st Class Connor Perkins, 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant dedicated crew chief, communicates with a pilot during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Surge operations provide aircrew and support personnel the opportunity to hone the skills necessary to maintain a ready force, capable of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles and R-11 fuel trucks park on the apron for hot pit refueling during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Hot pit refueling reduces the ground time between sorties by refueling active aircraft, enabling maximum training in a shorter time frame. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)
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U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles and R-11 fuel trucks park on the apron for hot pit refueling during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. Hot pit refueling reduces the ground time between sorties by refueling active aircraft, enabling maximum training in a shorter time frame. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Sebastian Coburn, 44th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle pilot, communicates with ground crew during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. 18th Wing fighter squadrons can fly more than 100 sorties a day while conducting surge operations, honing air-to-air tactics and advanced combat maneuvers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)
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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Sebastian Coburn, 44th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle pilot, communicates with ground crew during a super surge exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 19, 2021. 18th Wing fighter squadrons can fly more than 100 sorties a day while conducting surge operations, honing air-to-air tactics and advanced combat maneuvers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan --

 The 67th and 44th Fighter Squadrons and their respective aircraft maintenance units put their sortie generation skills to the test during a four-day super surge at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 18-21, 2021. 

It took the combined teamwork of various units throughout the wing, including support from the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron and the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron, to successfully execute the exercise. 

The super surge is designed to simulate a fast-paced, deployed combat environment with a significant increase in sortie production. Surge operations are vital to the development of aircrew and support personnel, allowing them to further improve the skills needed to remain a ready and capable force.

“Being proficient at the kind of split-second, tactical maneuvering required to be an effective fighter pilot requires a lot of repetition,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Marshall, 44th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle pilot. “Surge operations allow us to build up the muscle memory needed to make those quick decisions.”

On average, 18th Wing fighter squadrons accumulate approximately 200 flight hours per five-days of flying. Throughout the four-day super surge, pilots and support personnel generated 371 sorties spanning approximately 302 flying hours.

The exercise took place between the hours of 6:30 am and 7:00 pm. This allowed the squadrons to meet their flying goals while still respecting the community and quiet hours. 

The rapid increase in flying operations also provided a critical training experience for maintenance personnel, simulating the same environment they would face in a deployed location. 

“In a war scenario, our maintenance units would have to launch and recover aircraft very quickly,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Devin Duffell, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit officer in charge. “The super surge helps them get into the movement of doing that, increasing their combat readiness and overall proficiency.” 

18th Wing aircrew and maintainers continue to push their limits through effective training, ensuring they are fully prepared to face potential contingencies. 

“Surging gives everyone involved an opportunity to rapidly enhance their capabilities and build valuable experience,” said Marshall. “This ultimately creates a more lethal warfighting force so we can continue to gain and maintain our air superiority in defense of the Indo-Pacific region.”