Photos Of The Day: Air Force Deliberate Strike Exercise

As part of one of these missions, graduates work in a force of over 70 aircraft to combat an active foe with similar assets.

(Image credit: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)
(Image credit: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

On June 16, the U.S. Air Force Weapons School performed the traditional graduation exercises known as Advanced Integration, six different missions testing the graduates as well as their equipment.

As part of one of these missions, Deliberate Strike Night, graduates are tasked with working in a force of over 70 aircraft, including participants from both the Air Force and the Navy, to combat an active foe with similar assets.

Maj. Charles Schellbach flies a KC-135 during Deliberate Strike Night on Thursday, June 16 at Nevada Test and Training Range. (Image credit: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)Maj. Charles Schellbach flies a KC-135 during Deliberate Strike Night on Thursday, June 16 at Nevada Test and Training Range. (Image credit: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

The goal of the mission is to use stealth equipment as well as conventional aircraft to attack an advanced air defense system, all after the sun has gone down.

This actually gives the United States forces an advantage in the simulated conflict, since it increases the effectiveness of stealth units.

The KC-135 during aerial refueling on an F-22 Raptor. (Image credit: U.S. Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)The KC-135 during aerial refueling on an F-22 Raptor. (Image credit: U.S. Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

One of the most important roles in Deliberate Strike Night is that of the B-2 Spirit stealth plane.

Additionally, a specially selected student is tasked with developing the plan of action for the mission and leading the mission planning cell.

(Image credit: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)(Image credit: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

Approximately 100 weapons officers and enlisted specialists graduate from the Weapons School, which is located at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, every six months.

After graduation, they are awarded the U.S. Air Force Weapons School patch and can serve as advisors to military leaders in matters of tactics, air, space, and cyber combat and education.

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