USAF concludes Exercise Stolen Cerberus V in Greece

21 May 2018 (Last Updated May 21st, 2018 12:51)

The US Air Force (USAF) has concluded its Exercise Stolen Cerberus V, which is designed to provide support and training opportunities for Hellenic military personnel.

USAF concludes Exercise Stolen Cerberus V in Greece
A USAF C-130J Super Hercules drops a low-cost low altitude bundle during exercise Stolen Cerberus V. Credit: US Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M Rumbaugh

The US Air Force (USAF) has concluded its Exercise Stolen Cerberus V, which is designed to provide support and training opportunities for Hellenic military personnel.

Nearly 100 pilots have been deployed back to USAF’s Ramstein Air Base in Germany from the Hellenic Air Force’s Elefsis Air Base in Greece after completing the 12-day exercise.

Stolen Cerberus V involved members of the US 86th Airlift Wing, 435th Contingency Response Group and the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s 5th Quartermaster Company, who jointly offered support and training opportunities to Greek personnel.

During the exercise, the USAF successfully carried out airlifts and drops of 251 jumpers, in addition to 25 high-velocity cargo delivery system drops and 16 heavy equipment drops.

“The fact that we were able to do all these different things just shows that our interoperability has increased exponentially during this Stolen Cerberus exercise.”

The 37th Airlift Squadron Joint Airdrop Inspectors were responsible for providing Greek personnel with resources for training and exchanged inspection expertise with the Hellenic Army riggers.

The 21st Theatre Sustainment Command’s 5th Quartermaster Company worked with the army riggers who developed the bundles that were dropped out of the aircraft during the exercise.

Exercise Stolen Cerberus V deputy mission commander USAF captain Ryan Pritchard said: “We absolutely increased our partnerships and interoperability.

“I think that was evident when we flew a three-ship formation involving two US Air Force C-130J Super Hercules, and one Hellenic Air Force C-130H Hercules. We dropped Greek equipment, a US Humvee that was rigged by the Greeks, followed by Greek personnel jumping out of a US aircraft.”

Pritchard added: “The fact that we were able to do all these different things just shows that our interoperability has increased exponentially during this Stolen Cerberus exercise. We have definitely built a stronger relationship with the Hellenic airforce and army.”

The Stolen Cerberus exercise enabled the US and Hellenic airforces to demonstrate a joint commitment to a peaceful, stable and secure European theatre.