Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

mobility guardian: mission success

A U.S. Army Soldier approaches a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron, Little Rock Air Force Base at Grant County International Airport near Moses Lake, Wash., during Exercise Mobility Guardian on Aug. 3. The exercise is intended to test the abilities of the Mobility Air Forces to execute rapid global mobility missions in dynamic, contested environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.)
Air Mobility Command’s largest exercise, Mobility Guardian, officially came to a close Aug. 12. Team Little Rock Airmen returned home after working alongside approximately 3,500 U.S. service members from across the command as well as international partners. Mobility Air Force aircrews flew approximately 1,200 hours in eight days, executing nearly 650 sorties. Pilots flew 54 different aircraft from 11 nations and worked with personnel from 25 nations to enhance joint and coalition interoperability. Additionally, 19th Maintenance Group Airmen worked around-the-clock to lead the coordination and execution of maintenance operations during the exercise. “Mobility Guardian was about learning, discovery and the opportunity to work as a part of a joint and coalition team,” said U.S. Air Force Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander. “This exercise was an investment in ensuring our Airmen are prepared to succeed in the most challenging environments and deliver desired results across the globe.”

Through its humble beginnings as an observation group in 1927 to the world’s mightiest C-130 tactical airlift wing in the world, this year marks the 19th Airlift Wing’s 69th birthday – one filled with many honors, awards and historical milestones.

The 314th Maintenance Group completed its transition from Airmen to contracted maintenance to sustain the C-130 training mission June 30 at Little Rock Air Force Base.

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