The 68th Rescue Squadron of the Air Force conducted a complex training exercise off the coast of San Diego to prepare Pararescuemen (PJs) for a potential conflict with near-peer adversaries, such as China. The exercise simulated extreme conditions like missile strikes and limited resources, emphasizing the need for agility and strategic tactics in the Pacific region.
- Air Force PJs engaged in a realistic training exercise that simulated the challenging conditions of war with a near-peer adversary, including missile strikes and resource constraints.
- The exercise was part of a seven-week Combat Leader Course, designed to blend leadership training with hands-on experience, specifically preparing PJs for the INDOPACOM environment.
- The 68th Rescue Squadron, based in Arizona, is central to PJ training, offering a range of courses to hone skills required for deployment and operational readiness.
- Agile Combat Employment strategies were practiced to enhance maneuverability and tactical advantage across the Pacific, reflecting a shift from traditional large-base operations.
- New technology, like the puck-shaped devices from Somewear Labs, was utilized to improve communication and coordination during the exercise, adding a level of realism to search and rescue operations.