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Valiant Shield exercise begins Sunday at Joint Region Marianas

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Air Force bombers, fighters, tankers and support aircraft from the Pacific theater are arriving and making preparations for Valiant Shield 2010.

The U.S. Pacific Command exercise, which runs September 12 to 21 and is the third iteration of the Valiant Shield exercises begun in 2006, will be conducted in the vicinity of Guam. Valiant Shield focuses on integrated joint training and interoperability among U.S. military forces while responding to a range of mission scenarios.

"Valiant Shield 2010 exercises the military's ability to rapidly bring together joint forces in response to any regional contingency," said Brig. Gen. John Doucette, 36th Wing commander.

"It is a rare opportunity to bring together platforms that normally do not regularly exercise together, such as B-52 (Stratofortress) bombers and carrier strike groups, to ensure an integrated American air, sea, land, space and cyberspace force capable of an overwhelming and decisive response in any future contingency," General Doucette said.

More than 150 aircraft will participate in Valiant Shield, including, B-52 Stratofortresses, F-15 Eagles, F-15E Strike Eagles, E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control aircraft, KC-10 Extenders, KC-135 Stratotankers, P-3 Orions and F/A-18 Delta Hornets. More than 100 of the aircraft will fly from Andersen to conduct sorties in various exercise scenarios.

"During the past year, we have been studying integrated air and missile defense, and air battle command and control concepts," said Col. Alan Kollien, 613th Air and Space Operations Center vice commander. "During this exercise, we will validate those joint counter-air and counter-sea concepts against a variety of air and maritime targets. The Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Soldiers involved in Valiant Shield are excited about our emerging capabilities and are dedicated to succeed."

A U.S. Navy carrier strike group and amphibious ready group will join a forward-deployed U.S. Air Force air expeditionary wing and Marine Corps units for exercise Valiant Shield 2010.

"This type of training provides a unique opportunity for these forces to work together in a maritime environment and to enhance operational proficiency," General Doucette said.

"With the vast distances of the Pacific Ocean, integrated air and seapower is essential for immediate response to any contingency," the general said. "Training together during exercises such as Valiant Shield refines PACOM's ability to present a seamless joint force to supported and supporting commanders."