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By Emily Klinkenborg, Peterson – Schriever Garrison Public Affairs
/ Published November 22, 2021
Coalition VIRTUAL FLAG 22-1 participants stand for a group photo in front of a scaled satellite replica in the Mission Control Station at Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado, Oct. 27, 2021. CVF is an annual two-week exercise designed for joint and coalition forces to practice real-world tactics, techniques and procedures together in a computer-generated combat environment. From left to right: U.S. Space Force Sgt. Sabrina Jimenez 392d Combat Training Squadron instructor; U.S. Space Force Spc. 4 Wesley Dobson, 2d Space Warning Squadron mission crew chief; U.S. Space Force 1st Lt. Brandon Ignas, 2d SWS instructor and mission commander; U.S. Space Force Spc. 4 Austin Jones, 2d SWS mission crew chief; U.S. Space Force Spc. 3 Andrew Clements, 2d SWS data system operator; and U.S. Air Force Maj. Kenneth Maloy, 8th SWS mission commander.
U.S. Space Force 1st Lt. Brandon Ignas, a 2d Space Warning Squadron mission commander, guides his team during a Coalition Virtual Flag exercise on Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., Oct. 27, 2021. Virtual Flag is a real-time tactical-to-operational level event using air, land, space, cyber and maritime scenarios integrating live, virtual and constructive elements to train warfighters.
U.S. Space Force Sgt. Sabrina Jimenez, 392d Combat Training Squadron combat training instructor, prepares the Space Based Infrared System Standard Space Trainer Network Exercise Capability during Coalition VIRTUAL FLAG 22-1 at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado, Oct. 25, 2021. The SBIRS SST NEC is a 392d CTS capability specifically developed to provide combat training to U.S. missile-warning Guardians.
U.S. Space Force Sgt. Sabrina Jimenez, 392d Combat Training Squadron combat training instructor, briefs leadership in the Distributed Mission Operations Center – Space during Coalition VIRTUAL FLAG 22-1 at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado, Oct. 25, 2021. Jimenez and her team configured modeling and simulation systems at DMOC-S to provide combat training during the exercise.
Personnel from the 392d Combat Training Squadron teamed up with the 705th CTS for Coalition VIRTUAL FLAG 22-1 using their Distributed Mission Operations Center – Space at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado, Oct. 24 to Nov. 5, 2021.
CVF is an annual two-week exercise designed for joint and coalition forces to practice real-world tactics, techniques and procedures together in a computer-generated combat environment.
The theater-level exercise is structured to cultivate partnerships between four nations, including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. Cohesive multi-domain operations were conducted remotely at 20 locations across eight different time zones.
The DMOC-S, modeled after the 705th CTS DMOC at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, postured a digital training environment for the 2d Space Warning Squadron and the 8th SWS of Space Delta 4 – Missile Warning.
"Participating in a large exercise involving units across the country, all done virtually, is pretty cool,” said U.S. Space Force 1st Lt. Brandon Ignas, 2d SWS instructor. “Pushing the envelope in exercises like this allows us to improve how we can train and operate in joint and coalition environments.”
During the exercise, 10 Space Based Infrared System operators from 2d SWS and 8th SWS demonstrated their ability to operate SBIRS using the Standard Space Trainer Network Exercise Capability.
The SBIRS SST NEC is a 392d CTS capability specifically developed to provide combat training to U.S. missile-warning Guardians.
Servicemembers from the 2d SWS and 8th SWS identified, tracked and reported 40 simulated theater ballistic missile events during the exercise just as they would during a real-world event.
The DMOC at Kirtland AFB received exercise data from DMOC-S in real time. The transfer of data allowed the Kirtland team to forego issuing a notional event which further strengthened the command and control of joint and coalition forces during the virtual, large-force exercise.
In addition to missile-warning data, the 392d team also provided GPS data to the DMOC at Kirtland using their GPS Environment Generator for the first time in CVF. This allowed pilots using DMOC flight simulators to deploy precisions weapons in a simulated GPS-degraded environment.
“I’m really proud of our DMOC-S who built and tested the network connections with the 705th CTS, allowing us to bring a unique training opportunity directly to Space Delta 4,” said U.S. Space Force Lt. Col. Albert “AC” Harris, 392d CTS commander. “DMOC-S and the entire 392d team continues to innovate and deliver relevant advanced training, and I’m excited to see what other advanced training opportunities they build for the Space Mission Force.”
**The 392d CTS previously aligned under Space Training and Readiness Delta (Provisional) Operating Location - A. STAR Delta (P) served as the precursor organization to Space Training and Readiness Command – one of three Field Commands under the U.S. Space Force. STAR Delta (P) OL-A was deactivated on Aug. 23, 2021, and activated as the 392d under STARCOM, Space Delta 1.**