POTD: Security Response Team in front of a F-35A Lightning II

Eric B
by Eric B

A new day and a new collection of images to discover in our Photo Of The Day. Above we see U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Rachel DeMeis, a 354th Air Expeditionary Wing security response team member (left) and Staff Sgt. Stephen Stipp, 354th AEW security forces flight sergeant. They’re posing in front of an F-35A Lightning II during the Agile Combat Employment training in Japan. The picture was taken on 06.30.2022, in Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Yamaguchi, Japan.

Below you see two F-35A Lightning II jets from the U.S. Air Force assigned to the 356th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, 354th Air Expeditionary Wing.

Exercises and operations incorporating ACE concepts ensure forward-deployed forces in the Indo-Pacific are ready to protect and defend the United States and its allied and partner interests at a moment’s notice.

Here is Norway’s take on the same thing: HK416N with Grenade Launcher in front of Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35A, Protecting the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and Heckler & Koch and Low-flying F-35A Fighter Jet.


Photo by Senior Airman Jose Miguel Tamondong, U.S. Air Force, 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs.

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • Mig1nc Mig1nc on Jul 08, 2022

    I thought the AF security people were supposed to be getting their own version of the URG-I?

  • LazyReader LazyReader on Jul 10, 2022

    November, 1964 the Viet Cong launched a "counter air" campaign and attacked the American air base at Bien Hoa with sappers with mortars killing 4 Americans, destroying 5 B-57 bombers and badly damaging eight more. A Marine airbase at Da Nang was hit on July, 1965 by a large sapper attack that destroyed three C-130s, three F-102s, and damaged three more jets. During the entire Vietnam conflict, 15 parked USAF C-130s were destroyed on the ground by the enemy. Most of these losses were caused by simple unguided rockets and mortars. Now that infantrymen have sophisticated guided missiles enemy commandos are a much greater threat to airbases. The threat from sappers is well-known and shoulder-fired Stinger missiles have emerged as a threat to aircraft taking off and landing at airbases. Sept. 14, 2012, 19 Taliban commandos raided the US airbase at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. They killed two Marines and destroyed eight Harriers....effortlessly. Airbase defense cannot be accomplished by a few dozen security policemen in a war against a capable enemy. A major airbase needs an infantry battalion of personnel for security duty. This seems like a lot of manpower, but serious protection 24/7 requires a battalion to allow one company on duty at all hours. Half of this company will likely be on guard or patrol outside the airbase perimeter. Much of the other half on duty to repel sappers can provide additional manpower for vital tasks like building revetments. In the United States, this is an ideal role for National Guard battalions.
    Two guards is hardly security.
    Air bases also need revetments, decoys and concrete hangars...

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