Southern Strike is a Joint Force exercise hosted by the Mississippi Air National Guard (ANG) at CRTC-BAC. The CRTC-BAC mission is to provide Battlefield Airmen (BA) a unique cross domain training venue that enables global combat effectiveness. SS is a tactical level exercise integrating Conventional, Allied, and Special Operations Forces (SOF). SS embraces direct support, encourages decentralized execution and allows a high degree of Mission Command from planning through execution.
SS is a National Guard Bureau (NGB), Title 32 funded, tactical exercise program. NGB/A2/3/6YR provides budgeting oversight of the program. The CRTC-BAC Joint Exercise Control Group (JECG) manages the scheduling of exercise planning events and execution of the program. The JECG is comprised of military and civilian personnel with extensive SOF experience.
Persistent training audience participants represent Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), Close Air Support (CAS), Intra-Theater Airlift, Tactical Airlift (fixed wing and rotary), Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), Personnel Recovery (PR), Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR), Turbo Distribution (TD), USSOCOM Forces, International Forces, and Aeromedical Evacuation (AE).
SS provides tactical level integration between BA, SOF, and Conventional Forces within asymmetric scenarios based on current global crises. Exercise scenarios are developed to fit participant’s self-identified training objectives. Participants collaboratively build full mission profiles throughout the planning stages of the Joint Event
Life Cycle (JELC). SS applies joint and combined war fighting doctrine against realistic and robust enemy integrated threat systems, under safe and controlled conditions.
The exercise is executed within a battle space facilitating Air to Air, Air to Ground, Maritime, Riverine, and SOF profiles using the training venues of the CRTC-BAC, Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center (CSJFTC), John C. Stennis Space Center, and WHODAT Military Operating Area (MOA) over the Gulf of Mexico.
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