Here are a few missions demonstrating the challenges the A.C.E. Academy addresses each week.
The key to building situational awareness (SA) is teamwork, and a critical component of teamwork is understanding one’s roles and responsibilities in every engagement. In combat, the way fighter pilots delineate roles and responsibilities is by having an engaged fighter and a supporting fighter.
The engaged fighter’s job is to take out (i.e. engage) the threat, while the supporting fighter’s job is to support that fighter by building SA, advising on other threats, and even taking over if necessary. The key to this collaborative relationship is staying focused on your responsibilities and staying disciplined in your role. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen!
There is no such thing as a perfect mission. You can contingency plan and explore every detail, but a mission will never go as planned. There will always be things that pop up – changing weather, emergencies, unanticipated threats, human error, etc.
While a mission may not go flawlessly, Top Guns and high performing teams understand that there is always an opportunity to learn from mistakes and get better.
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