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100th ARW delivers fuel during agile combat employment exercise

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Santonio Portis, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental journeyman, observes the function of KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft rudders during exercise High Life prior to takeoff at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, Sept. 16, 2021. The 100th Air Refueling Wing continuously exercises ways to improve its defense capabilities to ensure its advantage in resiliency and to protect its assets, personnel and support its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Santonio Portis, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental journeyman, observes the function of KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft elevators during exercise High Life prior to takeoff at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, Sept. 16, 2021. The 100th Air Refueling Wing continuously exercises ways to improve its defense capabilities to ensure its advantage in resiliency and to protect its assets, personnel and support its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing listens to instructions from an aircrew member before boarding a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during exercise High Life at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, Sept. 16, 2021. U.S. agility, deterrence, and resiliency are essential to defense and operational capability in a contested environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing listens to instructions from an aircrew member before boarding a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during exercise High Life at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, Sept. 16, 2021. U.S. agility, deterrence and resiliency are essential to defense and operational capability in a contested environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)

U.S. Air Force Capt. James Huff, 351st Air Refueling Squadron pilot, looks at his flight path during exercise High Life over the North Sea, Sept. 15, 2021. Agility, deterrence, and resiliency are essential to defense and operational capability in a contested environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)

U.S. Air Force Capt. James Huff, 351st Air Refueling Squadron pilot, looks at his flight path during exercise High Life over the North Sea, Sept. 15, 2021. Agility, deterrence and resiliency are essential to defense and operational capability in a contested environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Santonio Portis, right, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental journeyman, and Airman 1st Class Kacey Dickey, 351st Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, troubleshoot a power supply on board a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, during exercise High Life over the North Sea, Sept. 15, 2021. The 100th Air Refueling Wing continuously exercises ways to improve its defense capabilities to ensure its advantage in resiliency and to protect its assets and personnel and support its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Santonio Portis, right, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental journeyman, and Airman 1st Class Kacey Dickey, 351st Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, troubleshoot a power supply on board a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, during exercise High Life over the North Sea, Sept. 15, 2021. The 100th Air Refueling Wing continuously exercises ways to improve its defense capabilities to ensure its advantage in resiliency and to protect its assets and personnel and support its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle aircraft assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, departs after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, during exercise High Life over the North Sea, Sept. 15, 2021. Training with joint and combined allies and partners during ACE events increases lethality and enhances interoperability, allowing U.S. forces to counter military aggression and coercion by sharing responsibilities for common defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle aircraft assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, departs after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, during exercise High Life over the North Sea, Sept. 15, 2021. Training with joint and combined allies and partners during ACE events increases lethality and enhances interoperability, allowing U.S. forces to counter military aggression and coercion by sharing responsibilities for common defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, refuels a F-15C Eagle aircraft assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England, during exercise High Life over the North Sea, Sept. 15, 2021. The complexity of the European continent and the tyranny of proximity makes operating with allies and partners throughout Europe an imperative. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, refuels a F-15C Eagle aircraft assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England, during exercise High Life over the North Sea, Sept. 15, 2021. The complexity of the European continent and the tyranny of proximity makes operating with allies and partners throughout Europe an imperative. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Barron)

ROYAL AIR FORCE FAIRFORD, England --

The 100th Air Refueling Wing conducted an agile combat employment exercise at Royal Air Force Fairford, Sept. 13-16.

Airmen demonstrated their ability to provide air refueling capabilities from a location with less support. Exercise High Life and other deployments that utilize agile combat employment concepts ensure forces in Europe are ready to protect and defend partners, allies and U.S. interests at a moment’s notice, and generate lethal combat power should deterrence fail.