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DMOC-S extends reach of space operator training

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Distributed Mission Operations Center-Space supported Virtual Flag 14-3 exercise May 16, 19-22.

The Virtual Flag exercises are designed to provide operational and tactical warfighters training in a simulated environment with a goal of integrating space operator participation and employing additional space capabilities.

"VF 14-3 provided us the opportunity to showcase our Navigation Warfare Unit Type Code, increase the understanding of GPS as a taskable weapon system, and support the tactical fight," said Lt Col Stephen Slade, 19th Space Operations Squadron Commander.

Virtual Flag is one of approximately 25 exercises DMOC-S supports, and focuses on training the combat Air Force community while integrating space effects into training scenarios.

During this event, the 19th Space Operations Squadron, Reserve associate unit to the 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, was added to the list of live participants. A crew of 19 SOPS operators worked from within the DMOC-S and engaged regularly with the GPS Operations Center User Operations Element, operated by the 2nd Space Operations Squadron, to provide products that depicted a GPS Degraded and Operationally Limiting environment. These products were used by the simulated Air Operations Center and aircrews to conduct mission planning, execution and Tactics, Techniques, and Procedure development.

Additionally, a 19 SOPS member interfaced directly with other AOC participants at the 705th Combat Training Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. In addition to 19 SOPS, 17 operational units also participated at various locations around the world.

"The data we provide not only affects the Space cell within the AOC," said Reggie Spivey, DMOC-S VF14-3 operations lead, "It provides situational awareness to several cells to include, but not limited to, Intelligence, Joint Personnel Recovery Center, Special Operations Liaison Element, Army Air and Missile Defense Command, and Command and Control platforms."

Located in the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center on Schriever AFB, DMOC-S is the only unit providing space modeling and simulation to the warfighter. This is made possible through complex computer-based simulators, linked together through worldwide networks with fighter and bomber weapon systems simulators. This configuration enables space operators to participate in large-scale exercises from their home locations.

"This is the wave of the future, with dollars dwindling, flying hours being cut, we as an Air Force must do more virtually with highly sophisticated and capable simulators," said Larry Overmyer, DMOC-S Director. "Space crews are not left out, the days of fighting within one domain are gone, and today's engagements are cross domain utilizing air, space and cyberspace capabilities to prosecute an objective. Virtual Flag affords the warfighter the ability to exercise these capabilities at a reduced cost."

Slade's squadron is now a part of that wave.

"If we can help shape the tactical plan for one combat search and rescue mission or one precision air strike, when the GPS signal is optimized, then I think we've proven our value to the warfighter," he said.

As space operator integration into distributed exercises continues, and as other warfighter communities experience the benefits, the value will only continue to rise.
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