USAF Weapons School Activates F-35A Squadron

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Unread post17 Jun 2017, 22:44

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The 6th Weapons Squadron will be activated as the F-35A Lightning II squadron for the United States Air Force Weapons School at 10:06 a.m. June 20, 2017.
The 6th WPS is projected to be the USAF Weapons School’s largest squadron by 2023, with 30 instructors and 24 assigned F-35As.

http://www.nellis.af.mil/About/Press-Re ... -squadron/
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Unread post18 Jun 2017, 01:01

The current WS patch.
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Unread post18 Jun 2017, 01:27

Neat patch, but WTF, can anyone identify the two aircraft depicted on the lower left hand quadrant near the bulls-eye? One looks kind of like a bicycle handlebar carrying an envelope, the other a flying squid.

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Also interesting article about a new vision/emphasis and curriculum approach for the students coming into the USAF Weapons Training School.

The course will focus more on joint interoperability between legacy and future platforms and systems, as well as cross domain joint operations with the Army and Navy.

It seems the idea is to have a balance between specialist and subject matter experts who are very good in isolation and in their own platform/operational bubble, and to develop more general tactitians and managers of the battlespace.

It really is the future. He who has greater awarness and intelligence and can manage that information in order to communicate and command his forces effectively in real time, will be the victor in any near pear clash or conflict.
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Unread post18 Jun 2017, 01:45

The Cyber Course grads probably have the coolest patxh... :devil:
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Unread post18 Jun 2017, 02:19

That is pretty cool. One of my favorites is the 31 Test and Evaluation Squadron patch.
Simple, short and to the point.

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Then there is this gem, from a A-10 squadron.

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Unread post18 Jun 2017, 05:42

PhillyGuy wrote:Neat patch, but WTF, can anyone identify the two aircraft depicted on the lower left hand quadrant near the bulls-eye? One looks kind of like a bicycle handlebar carrying an envelope, the other a flying squid.


Here is a very large pic of it that you can zoom in on.

https://media.defense.gov/2016/May/18/2 ... 01-001.JPG

On the left is a dude with a hat & dagger and the right.... no freaking clue.... :?
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Unread post18 Jun 2017, 05:48

SpudmanWP wrote:
PhillyGuy wrote:Neat patch, but WTF, can anyone identify the two aircraft depicted on the lower left hand quadrant near the bulls-eye? One looks kind of like a bicycle handlebar carrying an envelope, the other a flying squid.


Here is a very large pic of it that you can zoom in on.

https://media.defense.gov/2016/May/18/2 ... 01-001.JPG

On the left is a dude with a hat & dagger and the right.... no freaking clue.... :?



.....design engineering/ drafting board with requisite lamp

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Unread post18 Jun 2017, 05:54

looks like a static search+track radar set to me.
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Unread post19 Jun 2017, 17:24

I posted a question & got a response to a message from their Facebook account.
The 7 o'clock image represents the 8th WPS (AN-TPS 75 radar assembly), and the 8 o'clock image represents the 19th WPS (Intel).


Yup, makes sense

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Unread post22 Jun 2017, 08:40

Weapons School re-activates historic 6th WPS
21 Jun 2017 Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz, 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

"NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – The United States Air Force Weapons School re-activated one of the service’s historic fighter squadrons during an assumption of command ceremony June 20, 2017 at Lightning Aircraft Maintenance Unit hangar, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

The 6th Weapons Squadron, formerly known as the 6th Aero Squadron, the 6th Pursuit Squadron, and the 6th Night Fighter Squadron, has been inactive since February 1947 when it was subject to force-wide budget consolidations.... [HISTORY at the JUMP]

...“This squadron has a great history and legacy dating all the way back to World War I,” said Lt. Col. Michael Blauser, 6 WPS commander.

According to Blauser, the squadron will be carrying those time-honored traditions forward as it strives to make some history of its own with the F-35 weapons instructor course curriculum.

The USAFWS currently comprises 18 squadrons and provides the world’s premier postgraduate weapons and tactics employment training. The rigorous USAFWS curriculum, joined together with the F-35A’s state-of-the-art capabilities and the deep-rooted history of the 6th WPS, will produce humble, approachable, and credible weapons officers determined to maintain dominance over future battlefields.

“We’re headed into uncharted waters,” said Col. Michael Drowley, USAFWS commandant. “Every day will require steadfast leadership to ensure our fifth-generation capabilities are as lethal and dominating as possible.”

The 6th WPS is projected to be the USAF Weapons School’s largest squadron by 2023, with 30 instructors and 24 assigned F-35As."

Photo: "Lt. Col. Michael Blauser, 6th Weapons Squadron commander, displays the 6th WPS patch. The patch has represented the squadron since 1917 and features a skull at the center of spinning propellers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver/Released) https://media.defense.gov/2017/Jun/21/2 ... 39-004.JPG (0.6Mb)


Source: http://www.nellis.af.mil/News/Article/1 ... c-6th-wps/
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Unread post22 Jun 2017, 15:35

Like that patch. All it needs now is a bright yellow lightning bolt in the background.
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Unread post22 Jun 2017, 17:13

[quote="spazsinbad"][quote][....provides the world’s premier postgraduate weapons and tactics employment training. The rigorous USAFWS curriculum, joined together with the F-35A’s state-of-the-art capabilities and the deep-rooted history of the 6th WPS, will produce humble, approachable, and credible weapons officers determined to maintain dominance over future battlefields. “We’re headed into uncharted waters,” said Col. Michael Drowley, USAFWS commandant. “Every day will require steadfast leadership to ensure our fifth-generation capabilities are as lethal and dominating as possible.”
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....one can hope that "here" will begin the tactics for data linking the legacy "ordinance mules" with the C2 capabilities of the F-35, to extend persistence and maximum application of the smart weapons that these a/c have certified. The coordination and flexibility of weapons types from the F-15/16 with targeting assignments from the F-35 merged sensors will greatly magnify their capabilities more than just the sum of those weapons. Three, four and five heads are better than one, in combat over their large area of influence.
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