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Cannon Airmen test mission readiness at Vandenberg AFB

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Airmen wait for further instruction from air crew members after completing pre-flight maintenance on an AC-130W Stinger II at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Sept 20, 2018. Live-fire training wrapped up the Full Mission Profile exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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Airmen from Cannon Air Force Base prepare an AC-130W Stinger II for takeoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 20, 2018. Live-fire training wrapped up the Full Mission Profile exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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Maj. Jeffrey Gosselin, 27th Special Operations Group pilot, and Capt. James Zaiser, 16th Special Operations Squadron's pilot, flies an AC-130W Stinger II for a Full Mission Profile exercise from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Supporting water assets, air crew members tested their search and rescue ability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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Staff Sgt. Alan Hamilton, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, is located and pulled aboard by U.S. Coast Guardsmen during a full mission profile exerise off the coast of Oxnard, Calif, Sept. 17, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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Staff Sgt. Alan Hamilton, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, is located by U.S. Coast Guardsmen during a full mission profile exerise off the coast of Oxnard, Calif, Sept. 17, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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A U.S. Coast Guard boat activates its lights to warn nearby boats of its location during a Full Mission Profile exercise off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 17, 2018. Cannon Air Force Base Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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A U.S. Coast Guardsman monitors the surrounding environment to locate assets during a Full Mission Profile exercise with Cannon Air Force Base Airmen off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 17, 2018. Cannon Air Force Base Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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A U.S. Coast Guard boat travels out to the location of a Full Mission Profile exercise off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 17, 2018. Cannon Air Force Base Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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Staff Sgt. Alan Hamilton, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, suits up and prepares to jump into the Pacific Ocean for a Full Mission Profile exercise off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 17, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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A Cannon Air Force Base Airman prepares to begin a Full Mission Profile exercise off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 17, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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A U.S. Coast Guardsman monitors the surrounding environment during a Full Mission Profile exercise with Cannon Air Force Base Airmen off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 17, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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Staff Sgt. Taylor Fisher, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, readies himself for a Full Mission Profile exercise off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 17, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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A U.S. Coast Guardsman monitors the surrounding environment during a Full Mission Profile exercise with Cannon Air Force Base Airmen off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 17, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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Staff Sgt. Taylor Fisher, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, readies himself for a Full Mission Profile exercise off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 17, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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Staff Sgt. Alan Hamilton, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, suits up and prepares to jump into the Pacific Ocean for a Full Mission Profile exercise off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 17, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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Coast Guardsmen prepare their boat for participation in a joint Full Mission Profile exercise with Cannon Air Force Base Airmen off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 17, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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Cannon Air Force Base Airmen prepare to take off from the Channel Islands Harbor with Coast Guardsmen for a Full Mission Profile exercise at Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 17, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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Cannon Air Force Base Airmen prepare for a Full Mission Profile exercise at Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 17, 2018.Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

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Staff Sgt. Taylor Fisher, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, blows air into a deployable boat at Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 17, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer/Released)

Staff Sgt. Alan Hamilton, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, communicates to an aircraft flying overhead with a radio during a full mission profile exercise off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)
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Staff Sgt. Alan Hamilton, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, communicates to an aircraft flying overhead with a radio during a full mission profile exercise off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

Waves crash against rocks as the sun sets at Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)
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Waves crash against rocks as the sun sets at Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

A training dummy lies strapped to a life raft during a full mission profile exercise at Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)
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A training dummy lies strapped to a life raft during a full mission profile exercise at Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

A U.S. Coast Guardsman looks out the side of a boat during a full mission profile exercise at Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)
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A U.S. Coast Guardsman looks out the side of a boat during a full mission profile exercise at Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Taylor Fisher, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, tosses a training dummy overboard during a full mission profile off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Taylor Fisher, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, tosses a training dummy overboard during a full mission profile off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Taylor Fisher, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, prepares a training dummy to be thrown overboard during a full mission profile exercise off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Taylor Fisher, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, prepares a training dummy to be thrown overboard during a full mission profile exercise off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

A U.S. Coast Guardsman prepares to launch a boat from the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, Calif., in support of a full mission profile Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)
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A U.S. Coast Guardsman prepares to launch a boat from the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, Calif., in support of a full mission profile Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

Staff Sgt. Alan Hamilton, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, straps a flight helmet onto a training dummy during a full mission profile exercise at Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)
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Staff Sgt. Alan Hamilton, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, straps a flight helmet onto a training dummy during a full mission profile exercise at Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

Cannon Air Force Base Airmen prepare to take off from the Channel Islands Harbor with U.S. Coast Guardsmen for a full mission profile exercise at Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)
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Cannon Air Force Base Airmen prepare to take off from the Channel Islands Harbor with U.S. Coast Guardsmen for a full mission profile exercise at Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

Two 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists, attach a training dummy to a life raft during a full mission profile exercise at Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)
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Two 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists, attach a training dummy to a life raft during a full mission profile exercise at Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018. Airmen boarded a U.S. Coast Guard boat and tested search and rescue operations with cooperating aircraft. An FMP provides participants the opportunity to refine their tactics, techniques and procedures in operating in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn)

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The exercise helped enhance Airmen and U.S. Coast Guardsmen abilities on personnel recovery operations as well as live-fire training in an open-ocean environment.

 

An FMP is an exercise that integrates multiple airframes, usually involving a ground controller and other services, all serving to complete the same mission and learn how to operate more efficiently together.

 

The exercise began with water-based training, as Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists from Cannon coordinated with Coast Guardsmen off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., to test readiness on several mission abilities.

 

“[I gained] a further depth of knowledge and understanding of not only the Air Force’s capabilities, but the Coast Guard’s as well,” said one of the SERE specialists.

 

The challenges tasked for these professionals to complete were complementary to their day-to-day work.

 

“I think exercises such as this one are challenging and extremely beneficial,” a SERE specialist said. “They continuously show us why SERE training is so important and beneficial to the mission of the Air Force.”

 

The rest of the week transitioned gradually from water to air, as Cannon pilots tested their ability to spot assets in the water, then pushed themselves during combat training exercises using the AC-130W Stinger IIs.

 

“For us, the purpose of this FMP was to refine our tactics, techniques and procedures for operations in a maritime environment,” said Lt. Col. Michael Murphy, 16th Special Operations Squadron director of operations.

 

According to Murphy, his unit’s overall goal was to “instruct what is required for the decentralized execution of airpower in a near-peer conflict.”

 

No matter where the training took place, be it in the water or in the air, Cannon Airmen truly backed up the “any place, anytime, anywhere” spectrum of the Air Force Special Operations Command mission.