Friday, April 29, 2016

GREEN FLAG: U.S., coalition forces execute airlift together

From left, Royal Australian Air Force Warrant Officer Ryan Bowden and Royal Australian Air Force Sgt. Paul Cox, No. 37 Squadron C-130J loadmasters, drop two heliboxes from the back of a C-130J on April 22 over Fort Polk, La. The Australian Airmen trained with U.S. Air Force Airmen from Little Rock Air Force Base as part of Green Flag 16-06, a large-scale, joint mobility exercise. U.S. Air Force Airmen and U.S. Army Soldiers worked closely with coalition forces from Australia, New Zealand and Sweden during the Green Flag Little Rock 16-06 exercise April 14-24, 2016, located at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, and Ft. Polk, Louisiana. The 34th Combat Training Squadron planned, coordinated and conducted the large-scale event, one of Air Mobility Command’s largest rotational exercises. In one 24-hour iteration of the week-long exercise, the Royal Australian Air Force worked alongside Team Little Rock Airmen to improve their C-130J combat airlift capabilities. The crew loaded, offloaded and airdropped a variety of cargo loads. Some of the payloads included Humvees, simulated ammunition, food and water. The crossflow of information and lessons learned during the Green Flag exercise served as building blocks toward successfully accomplishing missions in joint and coalition environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Harry Brexel)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kenneth Carter recently stepped into his new role as the command chief for the 19th Airlift Wing.

Green Flag 16-06 provides extensive hands-on training to multiple service members - both joint and coalition forces -- in a short span of time which existed between April 14 to 24, 2016.

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