In late July, for the very first time, the 27th Special Operations Wing conducted a full mission profile (FMP) hundreds of miles away in the mountainous terrain of Utah and Colorado.

The training provided Air Commandos with the chance to identify their strengths and weaknesses in an unfamiliar location while also testing brand new mission capabilities.

“This exercise provided the 27th SOW the opportunity to test our core competencies in a training environment over 400 miles away from Cannon,” said Capt. Phil Yarborough, 27th Special Operations Group assistant chief of group weapons and tactics.

Instead of using the nearby Melrose Air Force Range (MAFR), leadership focused on their need to perfect their tactics and apply new strategies in an unfamiliar environment. July’s FMP marks the first time an exercise of this scale was held in a remote location with full wing participation.