Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | May 16, 2022

Wild Weasels Agile Combat Employment Exercise at Misawa, Yokota

35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airmen assigned to the 35th Fighter Wing showcased their Agile Combat Employment (ACE) capabilities during readiness exercise Beverly Sunrise 22-04, at Misawa Air Base, and Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 7-13, 2022.

Exercise Beverly Sunrise 22-04 tested real-world contingency operations capabilities, significantly focusing on ACE by physically moving personnel and F-16 Fighting Falcons to Yokota AB, a task that was only simulated in previous exercises. Beverly Sunrise 22-04 tested Airmen’s ability to operationalize ACE through the employment of techniques previously associated with special operations forces, but at a much larger scale.

In addition to demonstrating the steadfast U.S. commitment to defend Japan and partner nations in the Indo-Pacific region, exercises like Beverly Sunrise 22-04 ensure Misawa AB fulfills Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown, Jr.’s challenge to accelerate change across the Air Force.

“The goal of the exercise is to test the wing's ability to respond to and defend themselves from all potential adversaries in the Indo-Pacific theater,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Benjamin Shipley, 35th FW Inspector General director of wing inspections. “The 35th FW will continue to exercise the movement of aircraft off station, to multiple austere locations, and advance the Multi-Capable Airman (MCA) concept.”

Teams of MCA forward deployed to Yokota Air Base and simulated movement to multiple locations across Japan to further demonstrate mastery of ACE concepts. ACE is designed to generate airpower from multiple, small-footprint locations, complicating adversaries’ decision making processes and increasing survivability for U.S. and partner nation assets and personnel.

The exercise culminated in a Misawa Air Base capabilities demonstration, in which U.S. Air Force, Japan Self-Defense Air Force, and U.S. Navy service members showcased Team Misawa’s ability to generate joint and bilateral airpower in support of the defense of Japan quickly. The base generated 16 U.S. Air Force F-16CM Fighting Falcons, 12 Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, two JASDF E-2C Hawkeyes, one JASDF CH-47 Chinook, one U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler, one USN C-12 Huron, and one USN P-8 Poseidon.

“The purpose of the capabilities demonstration was to showcase the defense capabilities of the U.S.-Japan alliance, strengthen joint and bilateral operations, and deter against a range of threats from strategic competitors,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander. “We demonstrated our commitment to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our Japanese counterparts to defend Japan and ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”

Like Us
Follow Us



U.S. INDOPACOM announces establishment of Joint Task Force Red Hill
220630-N-BD629-1009 CAMP H.M. Smith, Hawaii (June 30, 2022) Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Adm. John C. Aquilino addresses members of the media during a press conference announcing the establishment of Joint Task Force Red Hill. JTF Red Hill, in close coordination with the State of Hawaii, will oversee the safe and expeditious defueling of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, demonstrating DoD’s commitment to remove fuel as quickly as possible, in a safe and informed manner, and with full transparency to regulators, intergovernmental partners, and with the people of Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon M. Smith/Released)
July 1, 2022 - CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii – Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, announced the establishment of Joint Task Force Red Hill (JTF Red Hill) on June 30.The Secretary of Defense directed the standup of JTF...

Rim of the Pacific 2022 Officially Begins
Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 participants network at the Southern California opening ceremony. Twenty-six nations, 38 ships, four submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
June 30, 2022 - U.S. Navy -- Twenty-six nations, 38 surface ships, four submarines, nine national land forces, more than 30 unmanned systems, approximately 170 aircraft and more than 25,000 personnel will train and operate in and around the...

Chief of Naval Operations, Japanese Chief of Staff Meet to Discuss Maritime Security
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday meets with Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Adm. Ryo Sakai during an office call at the Pentagon, June 28. The two leaders discussed maritime security and ongoing efforts to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.
June 30, 2022 - WASHINGTON -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday hosted the Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Adm. Ryo Sakai in Washington, D.C., for an office visit, June 28.The two leaders discussed...

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Peter Haas on Account of U.S. Independence Day 2022
Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Peter Haas on Account of U.S. Independence Day 2022.
June 30, 2022 - U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh -- Good afternoon, everyone! And thank you for joining us for this celebration of the 246th anniversary of U.S. independence. Independence Day in America is a day of red, white, and blue; a day of...

The U.S. Provides Immediate Assistance to Respond to Drought in Kiribati
US $500,000 in humanitarian assistance to respond to the drought across Kiribati
June 30, 2022 - SUVA, U.S. Embassy in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu -- The U.S., through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing US$500,000 in humanitarian assistance to respond to the drought across...