US Air Mobility Command conducts Mobility Guardian exercise
Personnel from the US Air Mobility Command (AMC) have joined 30 partner nations to participate in a massive joint exercise, Mobility Guardian, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, US.
The exercise seeks to improve the US military's global response force by integrating with complex, realistic mobility training with partner nations.
The capabilities of AMC airmen will be improved by preparing them to succeed in the dynamic threat environments.
More than 3,000 US military personnel and 650 international troops will take part in the exercise that commenced on 31 July and runs until 11 August.
Mobility Guardian operations joint task force director Air Force major Thomas Rich said: "We're putting aircraft from different nations closer together in a tight airspace in a dynamic threat environment.
“There's a little bit of inherent risk in that, but that's what we want to do here so that everybody is ready when we do it for real."
The exercise will also witness participation from mobility aircraft heavily involved in the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
It is being supported by a range of fighter and bomber capabilities such as F-35s, F-16s, A-10s, F-15Es, F-15Cs, B-52s, and the B-2.
The event includes formations of aircraft from the US, Brazil, and Colombia. It also involves a joint forcible entry from an intelligence alliance composed of service members from the US, Australia, the UK, New Zealand, and Canada.
Throughout the exercise, teams will make observations and gather metrics that will be passed on to AMC leadership to develop an appropriate site picture of AMC capabilities, the US Air Force stated.
Image: South Korean airmen wait to secure their aircraft propellers following their arrival to the Mobility Guardian exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Photo: courtesy of the USAF.