435th Contingency Response Group conducts Silver Flag training
With the Air Force's continued emphasis on developing and maintaining an expeditionary force, the 435th Construction and Training Squadron brought together expeditionary combat support members from across the Air Force for an intensive seven-day training regimen known as Silver Flag.
Airmen assemble tents during the Silver Flag training exercise March 5 on Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The purpose of Silver Flag is to prepare Airmen for any type of bare-base deployment.
5 photos: Airmen assemble tents during the Silver Flag training exercise
Photo 1 of 5: Airmen assemble tents during the Silver Flag training exercise March 5 on Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The purpose of Silver Flag is to prepare Airmen for any type of bare-base deployment. Download full-resolution version
Airmen assemble tents during the Silver Flag training exercise March 5 on Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The purpose of Silver Flag is to prepare Airmen for any type of bare-base deployment.
5 photos: Airmen assemble tents during the Silver Flag training exercise
Photo 2 of 5: Airmen assemble tents during the Silver Flag training exercise March 5 on Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The purpose of Silver Flag is to prepare Airmen for any type of bare-base deployment. Download full-resolution version
Airmen assemble tents during the Silver Flag training exercise March 5 on Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The purpose of Silver Flag is to prepare Airmen for any type of bare-base deployment.
5 photos: Airmen assemble tents during the Silver Flag training exercise
Photo 3 of 5: Airmen assemble tents during the Silver Flag training exercise March 5 on Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The purpose of Silver Flag is to prepare Airmen for any type of bare-base deployment. Download full-resolution version
Staff Sgt. Donne Novotny, 48th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, hammers a stake to set up a tent during the Silver Flag training exercise, March 5 on Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The purpose of Silver Flag is to prepare Airmen for any type of bare-base deployment.
5 photos: Staff Sgt. Donne Novotny, 48th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, hammers a stake to set up a tent during the Silver Flag training exercise
Photo 4 of 5: Staff Sgt. Donne Novotny, 48th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, hammers a stake to set up a tent during the Silver Flag training exercise, March 5 on Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The purpose of Silver Flag is to prepare Airmen for any type of bare-base deployment. Download full-resolution version
Senior Master Sgt. David Dubyak, 48th Civil Engineer facility superintendent, ties down a cover to a tent during the Silver Flag training exercise, March 5, 2013, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The purpose of Silver Flag is to prepare Airmen for any type of bare-base deployment.
5 photos: Senior Master Sgt. David Dubyak, 48th Civil Engineer facility superintendent, ties down a cover to a tent during the Silver Flag training exercise
Photo 5 of 5: Senior Master Sgt. David Dubyak, 48th Civil Engineer facility superintendent, ties down a cover to a tent during the Silver Flag training exercise, March 5, 2013, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The purpose of Silver Flag is to prepare Airmen for any type of bare-base deployment. Download full-resolution version
Airmen assemble tents during the Silver Flag training exercise March 5 on Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The purpose of Silver Flag is to prepare Airmen for any type of bare-base deployment.
Airmen assemble tents during the Silver Flag training exercise March 5 on Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The purpose of Silver Flag is to prepare Airmen for any type of bare-base deployment.
Airmen assemble tents during the Silver Flag training exercise March 5 on Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The purpose of Silver Flag is to prepare Airmen for any type of bare-base deployment.
Staff Sgt. Donne Novotny, 48th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, hammers a stake to set up a tent during the Silver Flag training exercise, March 5 on Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The purpose of Silver Flag is to prepare Airmen for any type of bare-base deployment.
Senior Master Sgt. David Dubyak, 48th Civil Engineer facility superintendent, ties down a cover to a tent during the Silver Flag training exercise, March 5, 2013, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The purpose of Silver Flag is to prepare Airmen for any type of bare-base deployment.

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- With the Air Force's continued emphasis on developing and maintaining an expeditionary force, the 435th Construction and Training Squadron brought together expeditionary combat support members from across the Air Force for an intensive seven-day training regimen known as Silver Flag.

"The training is set at a walk-crawl-run pace," said Capt. Natalie Chounet, 435th Civil Engineer training flight commander. "The first day, there are classes and after that, more hands-on training. The last day, the Airmen have to apply everything they learned while being evaluated on their performance."

During Silver Flag, Airmen underwent field training they also learned how to operate heavy equipment and perform repairs for recovery of a simulated air base attack that damaged the airfield. Leaders were tasked with planning and operating a tent city for 150 people.

"The same equipment used to simulate a deployment for these training scenarios is the same or similar to the assets we train on. So when Silver Flag students return to their home stations, they are familiar with these aspects of operational response exercises and inspections," said Chounet. "Air Force wide, the mission impact is simple: We ensure civil engineer and force support are capable of performing their contingency operation responsibilities before arriving downrange."

Whether Airmen are preparing to support the war on terrorism or lend aid to an ally in need, Silver Flag training ensures the Airmen participating will be ready.

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