The phase two of a massive joint exercise, Mobility Guardian, has commenced at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, US, on 6 August.
The US Air Mobility Command’s (AMC) Mobility Guardian seeks to test the abilities of the Mobility Air Forces to execute rapid global mobility missions in dynamic, contested environments.
AMC commander general Carlton D Everhart II said: “Mobility Guardian has tested our ability to prepare and deliver the force.
“Now it will test our ability to sustain the force and, after the mission is over, ensure the joint force returns home.”
The exercise will focus on training aircrew on advanced tactical air operations and is being supported by more than 3,000 airmen, soldiers, sailors, marines, and international partners.
It also includes air drops in difficult locations, opportunities to test practice threat systems that detect ground enemies, and C-130 Hercules wet-wing defueling.
More than 500 flights have been planned in support of Mobility Guardian.
The US Army’s 62nd Medical Brigade, which enabled the first step in the sustainment phase, carried out humanitarian relief operations after the 82nd Airborne Division accomplished a joint forcible entry and seized the airfield at Moses Lake.
Components of the 7th Infantry Division, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, then took over the airfield and established its power projection.
During the sustainment phase, aircraft will continue to deliver materials to support the ground forces’ humanitarian efforts.
Image: Royal Air Force senior aircraftsman Tom Raven provides security for a New Zealand C-130H Super Hercules during the Mobility Guardian exercise. Photo: courtesy of the USAF.