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First-ever Stealth Guardian kicks off

An HH-60G Pave Hawk descends to land in support of a U.S. Air Force and Marine joint exercise as part of a simulated Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel scenario, Feb 22, 2017, at the Playas Training and Research Center, N.M. During the scenario, Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., rescued isolated personnel from a downed aircraft while fending off mock opposition forces from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.’s 563d Operations Support Squadron. This joint effort prepared the IMEF by completing their Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force certification. This is the culmination of their crisis response operations before deploying to the United States Central Command, which consists of 20 countries In Northeast Africa and Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

A U.S. Marine Corps HH-60G Pave Hawk descends to land in support of a U.S. Air Force and Marine joint exercise as part of a simulated Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel scenario, Feb 22, 2017, at the Playas Training and Research Center, N.M. During the scenario, Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., rescued isolated members from a “downed aircraft” while fending off mock opposition forces with the 563rd Operations Support Squadron from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. This joint effort prepared the IMEF by completing their Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force certification. This is the culmination of their crisis response operations before deploying to the United States Central Command, which consists of 20 countries In Northeast Africa and Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

An F-22 Raptor performs aerial maneuvers during a demonstration before the heritage flight at the Wings Over Wayne Airshow 2017, May 19, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The heritage flight is performed by multiple aircraft at events throughout the United States. Originally established in 1997, the heritage flight showcases the past, present and future generations of aircraft to bolster recruiting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)

An F-22 Raptor performs aerial maneuvers during a demonstration before the heritage flight at the Wings Over Wayne Airshow 2017, May 19, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The heritage flight is performed by multiple aircraft at events throughout the United States. Originally established in 1997, the heritage flight showcases the past, present and future generations of aircraft to bolster recruiting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

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Airmen from the 23rd Wing and the 325th Fighter Wing will integrate rescue and 5th generation assets during the first-ever Exercise Stealth Guardian Aug. 7 through 11 here and at Moody AFB, Georgia.

Stealth Guardian will test aircrews and maintainers alike with real-world exercise scenarios similar to a deployed or contingency environment. The exercise is designed to force new tactics and innovative uses of existing technology to execute complex rescue scenarios.

“I’m excited to work alongside the Raptor community and gain a better understanding of how we can integrate our capabilities," said Captain Nelson, exercise planner and HC-130J Combat King II instructor pilot. "Stealth Guardian is going to simulate a very bad day for a pilot and will challenge the crews flying the mission. Most importantly, it will further enable us to carry out the [combat search and rescue] mission when called upon."

The F-22 Raptor is a big piece of the Stealth Guardian puzzle and will demonstrate its ability to provide air superiority in austere locations at a moment’s notice.

“We’re providing combat air power, just the same as we always do,” said Major Ryan, 95th Fighter Squadron pilot. “The difference this week is the way we’re going to do it alongside these other Air Force assets.”

In addition to the HC-130J and F-22 airframes, HH-60G Pave Hawks, A-10C Thunderbolt IIs and T-38 Talons will participate in the exercise.