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Emerald Warrior exercise marks halfway point

U.S. Air Force Special Operators and Army Special Forces Soldiers conduct a static line jump into an airfield to recover injured personnel from a helicopter crash during Emerald Warrior, May 7, 2016 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operation Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)

U.S. Air Force Special Operators and Army Special Forces Soldiers conduct a static line jump into an airfield to recover injured personnel from a helicopter crash during Emerald Warrior, May 7, 2016 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operation Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)

A U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airman assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing pulls security while another Special Tactics Airman radios an incoming aircraft during Emerald Warrior 16 at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Miss., May 7, 2016. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)

A U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airman assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing pulls security while another Special Tactics Airman radios an incoming aircraft during Emerald Warrior 16 at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Miss., May 7, 2016. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)

A U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron hovers over the flightline at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 7, 2016, during Emerald Warrior 16. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jasmonet Jackson)

A U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron hovers over the flightline at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 7, 2016, during Emerald Warrior 16. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jasmonet Jackson)

U.S. Air Force crew chiefs with the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform engine runs on an AC-130U Spooky gunship during Emerald Warrior at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 6, 2016. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson)

U.S. Air Force crew chiefs with the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform engine runs on an AC-130U Spooky gunship during Emerald Warrior at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 6, 2016. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson)

U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airmen assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing conduct a freefall jump from a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook assigned to 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, Fort Eustis, Va., during Emerald Warrior 16 over Eglin Range, Fla., May 7, 2016. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operation Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. (U.S. Air Force still frame from video by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airmen assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing conduct a freefall jump from a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook assigned to 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, Fort Eustis, Va., during Emerald Warrior 16 over Eglin Range, Fla., May 7, 2016. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operation Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. (U.S. Air Force still frame from video by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

A U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airman assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing begins a freefall jump from a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook assigned to 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, Fort Eustis, Va., during Emerald Warrior 16 over Eglin Range, Fla., May 7, 2016. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operation Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. (U.S. Air Force still frame from video by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

A U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airman assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing begins a freefall jump from a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook assigned to 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, Fort Eustis, Va., during Emerald Warrior 16 over Eglin Range, Fla., May 7, 2016. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operation Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. (U.S. Air Force still frame from video by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

A U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airman assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing fast ropes from a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk over Eglin Range, Fla., May 6, 2016, during Emerald Warrior 16. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jasmonet Jackson)

A U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airman assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing fast ropes from a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk over Eglin Range, Fla., May 6, 2016, during Emerald Warrior 16. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jasmonet Jackson)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- As Emerald Warrior 2016 moves into its second full week of operations exercise planners are pleased with what has been accomplished to date.

“This year’s Emerald Warrior has been outstanding so far,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Lee, Air Force Special Operations Warfare Center deputy commander and Emerald Warrior 2016 exercise director. “I think the most important part of the exercise are the relationships that are being formed between warriors that will be working together on the same complex problems downrange in the future.”

The second half of the exercise will continue to focus on the integration of Air Force Air Commandos with special operations and conventional assets from the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.

The first five days of the air-centric exercise focused on Air Force Special Operations Command mission priorities, enabling training tasks such as precision strike, specialized air mobility, battlefield operations, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to be completed.

During the first half of the exercise military members logged an estimated 400 hours of flight time in special operations and conventional aircraft as well as an additional 90 hours of flight time on virtual training missions.