The U.S. Air Force has deployed a squadron of A-10s to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam during a routine Dynamic Force Employment Operation. These A-10s are from the 23rd Expeditionary Wing at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Dynamic Force Employment is a strategy of introducing unpredictability into the deployment of US forces oversea for any adversary trying to plan an attack. Under this concept, air, ground and naval forces are suddenly surged to areas and then abruptly withdrawn, forcing an adversary wishing to monitor their activities to deploy their own forces only to see them suddenly moved again to another location.  It also allows unit like this A-10 squadron to train in an environment they may not normally get a chance to operate in, as in the case of operating at the Farallon de Medinilla Range as the 36th Wing Public Affairs explains below.


ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — The 25th Fighter Squadron (FS), assigned to the 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, South Korea, are honing their flight skills while at the Farallon de Medinilla Range (FDM Range), Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands while deployed here, Aug. 10- 21.

The 25th FS regularly participates in training events that take place in the Indo-Pacific, such as Cobra Gold and the Rim of the Pacific. Through events like these, the 25th FS is able to strengthen and build relationships with partner nations and improve their capabilities in protecting American interest.

“Having the chance to come to Andersen demonstrates our capability to quickly relocate, establish, and operate our force wherever we may be needed at any time,” said U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Austin Lasch, A-10 pilot. “We will be ready to operate side-by-side with our allies when needed, and our combined training in the Indo-Pacific region will allow us to do so seamlessly.”

Lasch explained that their primary mission is to maintain peace and stability across the Indo-Pacific, which requires well-trained Airmen and proven techniques.

“The training we’re getting here is fantastic because it allows the pilots to practice and refine their weapons delivery,” Lasch stated. “We can practice various delivery techniques and see what works best in different situations. Having the FDM range at our disposal has been invaluable.”

The change in pace for the 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) gives a better idea of what their job will look like while deployed.