Exercises Ample Strike 2014 – what’s in a name … and a badge
There is a tradition of exercises aimed at honing skills of Forward Air Controllers (FACs) in coordinating and directing actions of combat aircraft in support of ground operations. These skills are an important NATO capability, and currency of FACs is needed for current and future Allied operations.
Since 2003 the Czech Republic has hosted this type of international exercises at Namest Air Base; initially in cooperation with the United Kingdom named Flying Rhino and, subsequently, in 2012 and 2013, together with and under the aegis of NATO named Ramstein Rover.
Exercise names and specifics are always important. This year’s FAC exercise is one organised by the Czech Republic as the Host Nation and participants come from 11 NATO nations.
The Name Ample Strike in 2014 was finally chosen, inspired by similar international FAC exercises conducted in Slovenia and Canada under the names "Adriatic Strike" and "Maple Strike", respectively. The name "Strike" and the adjective "Ample" for the Czech exercise was chosen by the exercise planning team.
The Ample Strike 2014 badge has several elements. The most prominent one is the head of a sea eagle that nests on the edges of lakes in the vicinity of the Studenec district in southern Moravia. It is easily confused with the head of an American bald eagle, which it is not. Still, the bird of prey symbolizes ample, decisive and massive attack. In the background, the blue and green colours represent the synergy and cooperation of air and land units. The same is true for the red ring that stands for the crosshairs of weapon systems both on the ground and in the air.
The flying phase of Ample Strike 2014 will take place in southern Moravia from 8 to 13 September.
Story by Captain Jana Skrivankova, Press and Information Officer, 22nd Air Base, Exercise AMSE 14
September 5, 2014