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JSTARS provides maritime over-watch for lost diver simulation

A U.S. Air Force aircrew member with the 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, reviews mission information during a pre-flight aboard the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft for participation in the Emerald Warrior exercise, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., April 23, 2015.  During the exercise, Airmen and Soldiers from the 116th Air Control Wing and the 138th Military Intelligence Company provided real-time maritime over-watch using the one-of-a-kind battle management command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the E-8C Joint STARS to joint and allied forces during a lost diver scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by the 116th Air Control Wing Public Affairs/Released) (Names of aircrew members withheld for security purposes)

A U.S. Air Force aircrew member with the 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, reviews mission information during a pre-flight aboard the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft for participation in the Emerald Warrior exercise, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., April 23, 2015. During the exercise, Airmen and Soldiers from the 116th Air Control Wing and the 138th Military Intelligence Company provided real-time maritime over-watch using the one-of-a-kind battle management command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the E-8C Joint STARS to joint and allied forces during a lost diver scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by the 116th Air Control Wing Public Affairs/Released) (Names of aircrew members withheld for security purposes)

A U.S. Air Force, mission crew commander with the 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, talks with members of his crew aboard the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft prior to participation in the Emerald Warrior exercise, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., April 23, 2015.  During the exercise, Airmen and Soldiers from the 116th Air Control Wing and the 138th Military Intelligence Company provided real-time maritime over-watch using the one-of-a-kind battle management command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the E-8C Joint STARS to joint and allied forces during a lost diver scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by the 116th Air Control Wing Public Affairs/Released) (Names of aircrew members withheld for security purposes)

A U.S. Air Force, mission crew commander with the 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, talks with members of his crew aboard the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft prior to participation in the Emerald Warrior exercise, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., April 23, 2015. During the exercise, Airmen and Soldiers from the 116th Air Control Wing and the 138th Military Intelligence Company provided real-time maritime over-watch using the one-of-a-kind battle management command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the E-8C Joint STARS to joint and allied forces during a lost diver scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by the 116th Air Control Wing Public Affairs/Released) (Names of aircrew members withheld for security purposes)

A U.S. Air Force aircrew member with the 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, swaps out imagery discs during pre-flight aboard the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft for participation in the Emerald Warrior exercise, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., April 23, 2015.  During the exercise, Airmen and Soldiers from the 116th Air Control Wing and the 138th Military Intelligence Company provided real-time maritime over-watch using the one-of-a-kind battle management command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the E-8C Joint STARS to joint and allied forces during a lost diver scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by the 116th Air Control Wing Public Affairs/Released) (Names of aircrew members withheld for security purposes)

A U.S. Air Force aircrew member with the 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, swaps out imagery discs during pre-flight aboard the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft for participation in the Emerald Warrior exercise, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., April 23, 2015. During the exercise, Airmen and Soldiers from the 116th Air Control Wing and the 138th Military Intelligence Company provided real-time maritime over-watch using the one-of-a-kind battle management command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the E-8C Joint STARS to joint and allied forces during a lost diver scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by the 116th Air Control Wing Public Affairs/Released) (Names of aircrew members withheld for security purposes)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --
The E-8C Joint Stars, provided real-time maritime over-watch to personnel on the water during a lost diver simulation for the Emerald Warrior exercise in April.

Flying off the waters of the Gulf Coast, JSTARS' unique wide-area, all-weather, surface surveillance radar and on-board communications suite allowed aircrew to send realistic and relevant maritime data to U.S. Special Operations Forces, conventional forces, interagency and partner nation participants for the safe extraction of the lost diver scenario.

"This exercise allowed JSTARS to demonstrate its agility in land to water surface movement as well as build relationships with U.S. forces, allied partners and civil authorities," said a 128th Airborne Command and Control Squadron mission crew commander.

Flown by the members of the Georgia Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Wing, along with Soldiers from the 138th Military Intelligence Company, the JSTARS aircrew utilized the platforms command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance competencies simultaneously, demonstrating the aircrafts varied and exclusive capabilities.

"Our participation in Emerald Warrior allowed us to train and grow our knowledge base for real-world scenarios we may encounter while protecting the homeland and in other combatant commands," said the mission crew commander.

Emerald Warrior is an annual two-week joint military exercise that is engineered to better prepare military forces to assist interagency partners to protect the homeland from foreign and domestic enemies.

"Emerald Warrior provided un-paralleled training and special operation forces integration between Rivet Joint and JSTARS providing real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information to tactical players," said a Rivet Joint tactical coordinator.