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Tyndall AFB strengthens coalition readiness with partners overseas

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Polish Air Force 2nd Lt. Rafal Olejarz, 337th Air Control Squadron air battle manager training student, practices communication improvement and tactical control with U.S. Air Force Capt. Alejandro Gonzales, 337th ACS Air Battle Manager instructor, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Feb. 3, 2021. Olejarz trained on Defensive Counter Air Scenario training on Battle Control System-Tyndall at the 337th ACS International Air Weapons Controller Course and is one of three Polish Air Force students attending the 337th ACS Undergraduate Air Battle Manager Training course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Dastas)

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Polish Air Force 2nd Lts. Maciej Rekawek, left, and Michal Lubanski, right, 337th Air Control Squadron air battle manager training students, discuss Defensive Counter Air Scenario training at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Feb. 3, 2021. Both Rekawek and Lubanski are part of the 337th ACS’ Undergraduate Air Battle Manager International Training Program and planned to implement what they had learned into operations at their home unit after graduation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Dastas)

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The 33rd Fighter Wing’s 337th Air Control Squadron, located at Tyndall AFB, constantly bolsters readiness and combat capabilities with the Air Force’s international brothers and sister in arms through USAF Air Battle Management and Control training received here on base and out in the field.

The Air Control Squadron’s training mission offers two courses, the International Air Weapons Controller Course (IAWCC), which trains tactical levels and academics, and the Theater Air Operations Course (TAOC) which focuses the operational level of command and control.

“We also teach USAF battle management command and control to international officers from 58 partner nations under the Air Force Security Assistance Training Program,” said Maj. Daniel Mihalek, 337th ACS international studies director. “Our [international] students also provide briefings on their home nations, cultures, and militaries to ACS cadres.”

On average, the combined courses see roughly 64 students graduate annually. At any given time, the number of international students varies depending on need from host nations.

“By bringing foreign national officers in for training, we build relationships with partner nations across the globe with whom we may be fighting side by side in a future war,” said Mihalek. “By hosting this program, Tyndall enjoys the privilege of getting to know the men and women who attend these courses, and learning about their home countries and cultures.”

The 337th ACS has been able to strengthen bonds and tactics with partner nations out of the country as well.

“On two occasions, ACS instructors traveled to foreign countries to teach… a mobile team adds a significant capability to our international training program,” Mihalek said. “Additionally, the common foundation of tactics, techniques, and procedures irons out many of the wrinkles that come with coalition warfare.”

By strengthening these bonds and working together, the Air Force and its partners continue to move forward in an ever changing world.

“With growing threats in every part of the world, developing the capability of our partner nations, and improving our ability to integrate will be critical to success, and our international courses are perfectly positioned to help meet these demands,” Mihalek concluded.