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​​​​​​​​​​​​SILVER FLAG

​Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa (HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA) Civil Engineer Division is proud to offer the opportunity for partner nation engineers to train alongside US Air Force engineers at our Silver Flag contingency engineer training conducted at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.  During Silver Flag, engineers gain hands-on experience with base beddown planning, establishment, recovery, and Airfield Damage Repair (ADR).  By working together, we can build a common understanding of respective conditions, capabilities, and limitations in our tactics, techniques, and procedures to enhance interoperability across the European theater.  Additionally, we would like to use Silver Flag as an opportunity to plan future engineer engagements, exercises, training opportunities.  If you would like additional information on Silver Flag or would like to sign up to observe or attend, please contact the below individuals listed under “Points of Contact.”​​


​Provide contingency training free from home station constraints, where Expeditionary Combat Support teams can train, interact, and complete functional area contingency operations in a realistic, integrated environment for rapid deployment…ANYTIME…ANYWHERE!" 

​​Upcoming Events

We are offering two opportunities:

1)   Observe

For any partner who is unfamiliar with US Air Force engineer capabilities or Silver Flag training, we offer an opportunity for a small team to "observe" a portion of the training to understand what we can offer before you fully commit to a class.  

2)   Participate

Select this option to participate and attend the full 10-day training course. 

Upcoming Schedule with registration cut off dates (cutoff is 90-days prior to first day of course for attendance or 30-days prior for observing only):​

​15 - Mar 2022
12 - 22 Apr 2022​
03 - 13 May 2022​
​31 May - 10 Jun 2022
​02 - 12 Aug 2022
​23 Aug - 02 Sep 2022
​22- 9
​14 - 24 Sep 2022

​Admin & Logistics

Location - Ramstein Air Base Germany

Length - 10 Days of Training

- Students must cover the cost of transportation and from Ramstein AB as well as their own meals. There is no cost to attend Silver Flag. 

Lodging - During Silver Flag, students stay in Small Shelter Systems (6-12 students per tent) and as such, there is no cost for lodging. 

Meals - International students are required to pay for their own meals ($10.05 USD per Meal Ready to Eat (MRE)). Students have acces to optional breakfast at the on-site dining facility with expenses paid by student (approximately $3.00 USD per day). Any other incidental expenses incurred are the responsibility of the student. These costs may vary by nation depending if a Host Nation Support agreement is in place that states meals will be provided. 

Points of contact


Chris Cagle, Lt Col (OF-4), USAF

HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA Civil Engineer Division

Phone: +49-6371-47-8664




Stephane Beck, SMSgt (OR-8), USAF

HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA Civil Engineer Division

Phone: +49-6371-47-1590


Training Curriculum


​Open, Establish, Maintain the Air Base​

  • ​Site Selection and Beddown Planning

  • Medium and Small Shelters

  • Electrical Distribution (High and Low Voltage)

  • Electrical Power Generation (High and Low Voltage)

  • Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Units

  • Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU)

  • Water and Fuel Distribution

  • Field Hygiene Kit

Recover the Air Base

  • ​Command and Control

  • Facility Damage Assessment and Response Teams

  • Rapid Utility Repair

  • Emergency Management (EM)

  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) Operations

  • Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) identification and clearance​

​Rapid Airfield Damage Recovery

  • ​Airfield Damage Assessment

  • Explosive Hazard Mitigation

  • Minimum Airfield Operating Surface Selection and Marking

  • Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Matting/Aluminum Matting (AM-2)

  • Crushed Stone Crater Repair

  • Semi-permanent Concrete or Asphalt Repair

  • Mobile Aircraft Arresting System

  • Emergency Airfield Lighting System

​​Force Support​

  • ​Field MortuarySearch and Recovery

  • Field-feeding Platforms

  • Personnel in Contingency Operations (PERSCO)

Fire Emergency Services

  • ​Structural Fire Fighting

  • Crash Rescue

Explosive Ordnance Disposal​​

  • ​VBIED, IED, munitions response

  • Special Ops Task Force Support​