Exercise Iron Dagger Ends at Robins AFB

A 4th Fighter Wing F-15E departing Robins AFB on an Iron Dagger mission.

Throughout this week, F-15E Strike Eagles from the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson were at Robins AFB in central Georgia for Exercise Iron Dagger.  Iron Dagger featured the F-15Es and JSTARS being utilized in maritime roles at sea and close air support roles over land.  Generally flying two sorties a day, they worked with multiple military units and agencies throughout the coastal Georgia and Florida area.  According to the Warner Robins Patriot they worked with “Navy P-3 and P-8 aircraft based in Florida, U.S. customs and border control agencies, the Control and Reporting Center in Savannah, Army elements and Special Operations teams.”

Monitoring from Wednesday and Thursday confirmed the participation of US Navy P-3s from Jacksonville, US Customs Aircraft from Jacksonville, and the 117th ACS in Savannah.  Additionally, two different Joint Terminal Air Controllers (JTACs) and a possible UAV were heard on the two days I was able to listen.

CHIEF (F-15E, 335th FS)
MOHAWK (F-15E, 335th FS)
ROCKET (F-15E, 336th FS)
GUNDOG (F-15E, 4th FW)
KOMODO (E-8C flight deck, 461st ACW)
PEACH (E-8C flight deck, 116th ACW)
VULTURE (E-8C, 116th/461st ACW)
PELICAN (P-3C, VP-45)
OMAHA (US Customs Aircraft)
STEALTH (117th ACS)
ADVANCE (JTAC)
VENOM (JTAC)

293.525 – 116th/461st ACW “PEACHTREE Ops”
225.000 – “STRIKE Ops” for F-15Es
300.125 – 4th FW air-to-air
300.525 – 4th FW air-to-air
300.725 – 4th FW air-to-air
300.925 – 4th FW air-to-air

276.075 – JSTARS Discrete
318.300 – JSTARS Discrete
328.025 – JSTARS Discrete
376.126 – JSTARS Discrete
290.000 – Exercise Frequency
303.100 – Exercise Frequency

120.950 – SEALORD North Primary VHF
284.500 – SEALORD North Primary UHF
269.025 – Jax Center Waycross Low
282.200 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
322.500 – Jax Center Savannah Low
363.200 – Jax Center Allendale Low
273.600 – Jax Center Macon Low
323.000 – Atlanta Center Augusta Low

228.400 – Townsend Range/Coastal MOA
252.900 – Townsend Range/Coastal MOA
279.625 – Fort Stewart “MARNE RADIO”
280.800 – Fort Stewart Range

On the two days I was able to listen, it was great fun to listen to.  It’s not often that we get to hear F-15Es in the coastal Georgia area and it had also been awhile since I heard a lot of JSTARS activity.

Photo above from USAF News

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