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Combat Shield assesses 124th Fighter Wing’s electronic warfare readiness

Members of Combat Shield from the 16th Electronic Warfare Squadron conduct an assessment of an A-10 Thunderbolt II with airmen from the 124th Fighter Wing, May 9, 2019, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Members of Combat Shield from the 16th Electronic Warfare Squadron conduct an assessment of an A-10 Thunderbolt II with airmen from the 124th Fighter Wing, May 9, 2019, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. Combat Shield annually assess electronic warfare readiness for all combat Air Force wings. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ryan White)

GOWEN FIELD, Idaho --

The 124th Fighter Wing participated in Combat Shield to assess electronic warfare readiness on May 9, 2019 at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Combat Shield assesses all combat Air Force wings to ensure they are performing in accordance with Air Force Instructions 10-706 and 10-707. The goals of assessment are to provide data to MAJCOMs and leadership about EW readiness so they can plan appropriately; and to share best practices and lessons learned with other wings.

“The vision of Combat Shield is making sure tomorrow’s EW risk is reflected in ops and maintenance today,” said Lt. Col. Michael Brazda, director of Combat Shield from the 53d Electronic Warfare Group.

Combat Shield began in 1990 and falls under the 16th Electronic Warfare Squadron, which is a part of the Air Warfare Center, 53d Wing at Eglin AFB. Two teams, one focused on the east, based out of Eglin AFB, and the other focused on the west based out of Nellis AFB, do tours each year to conduct the assessments.

The assessment process is multi-faceted and includes checking Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester equipment, a series of interviews with maintenance, operations, and the back shops to find out how equipment is performing and what processes are currently being used for EW, as well as a cyber assessment. The assessment will conclude on May 10, 2019.