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179th AW increases interoperability at Silver Arrow 2019

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Spencer Magers, a maintainer assigned to the 179th Airlift Wing’s Maintenance Group, Ohio Air National Guard, conducts post-flight operations during Saber Junction 2019 (SJ19) Sept. 18, 2019, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. SJ19, an exercise involving nearly 5,400 participants from 16 ally and partner nations and the U.S. Army's Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, is designed to assess the readiness of the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Airborne Brigade to execute land operations in a joint, combined environment and to promote interoperability with participating allies and partner nations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Wade)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Spencer Magers, a maintainer assigned to the 179th Airlift Wing’s Maintenance Group, Ohio Air National Guard, conducts post-flight operations during Saber Junction 2019 (SJ19) Sept. 18, 2019, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. SJ19, an exercise involving nearly 5,400 participants from 16 ally and partner nations and the U.S. Army's Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, is designed to assess the readiness of the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Airborne Brigade to execute land operations in a joint, combined environment and to promote interoperability with participating allies and partner nations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Wade)

U.S. Air Force Airmen, assigned to the 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, conduct an Aeromedical Evacuation Exercise as a part of the Silver Arrow Mission in collaboration with the 179th Airlift Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, Sept. 13-14, 2019, from Ramstein Air Base to Naval Station Rota, Spain. Silver Arrow provides an augmenting force to increase tactical airlift capacity to U.S. Air Forces in Europe while improving the interoperability with NATO allies and partners. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Wade)

U.S. Air Force Airmen, assigned to the 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, conduct an Aeromedical Evacuation Exercise as a part of the Silver Arrow Mission in collaboration with the 179th Airlift Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, Sept. 13-14, 2019, from Ramstein Air Base to Naval Station Rota, Spain. Silver Arrow provides an augmenting force to increase tactical airlift capacity to U.S. Air Forces in Europe while improving the interoperability with NATO allies and partners. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Wade)

Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Airborne Brigade prepare to board a C-130H Hercules, assigned to the 179th Airlift Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, for an air drop during Saber Junction 2019 (SJ19) September 18, 2019, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. SJ19, an exercise involving nearly 5,400 participants from 16 ally and partner nations and the U.S. Army's Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, is designed to assess the readiness of the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Airborne Brigade to execute land operations in a joint, combined environment and to promote interoperability with participating allies and partner nations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Wade)

Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Airborne Brigade prepare to board a C-130H Hercules, assigned to the 179th Airlift Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, for an air drop during Saber Junction 2019 (SJ19) September 18, 2019, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. SJ19, an exercise involving nearly 5,400 participants from 16 ally and partner nations and the U.S. Army's Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, is designed to assess the readiness of the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Airborne Brigade to execute land operations in a joint, combined environment and to promote interoperability with participating allies and partner nations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Wade)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- The 179th Airlift Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, completed numerous multinational missions Sept. 13-28, 2019, during Silver Arrow 2019, increasing capabilities, readiness, lethality and interoperability.

Interoperability is the ability of multiple military organizations to come together and communicate effectively to complete an operation quickly. It is especially important in a global setting with multinational partners.

"Silver Arrow is designed for Guard and Reserve to participate as a force multiplier in the United States European Command (EUCOM) in regards to exercises, missions and regular training in the international community, as well as building relationships with our partners," said Chief Master Sgt. Michael McDonald, the detachment superintendent for Silver Arrow at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

In a simulated exercise, the 179th AW and the 86th Air Medical Evacuation Squadron transported patients to and from aircraft and provided in-flight patient care traveling from Ramstein Air Base to Naval Station Rota, Spain.

"Exercises like these are extremely beneficial for both the 164th and 86th by not only giving each other the opportunity to train on our skills, but to also increase interoperability, globally through this mission," said Col. Darren Hamilton, the 164th Operations Group commander, assigned to the 179th AW.

Shortly after their first mission to Spain, members of the 179th flew to Lleida to display a C-130 in Festa al Cel, Spain's longest-running air show. During the two-day show, thousands of people toured the aircraft and talked to the aircrew.
Members also participated in an air show in Bosnia and conducted ground training with the Bosnians, forming vital relationships internationally with military counterparts.

While at Ramstein, the 179th participated in Saber Junction 19 (SJ19), including total forces interoperability training with some 5,000 military members from partner and allied nations, U.S. active components, U.S. Reserves and National Guard units.

SJ19 is an exercise conducted by the 7th Army Training Command (7ATC) and directed by U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR). It is designed to assess the readiness of the Army 173rd Airborne Brigade to conduct unified land operations with NATO allies and partners.

The 179th provided airlift support with personnel and heavy equipment drops, as well as air attack operations.

"This was a great learning exercise for our personnel, as well as a great opportunity to form international relationships and increase our interoperability with all involved," said Lt. Col. Pete Tesner, the 179th AW's director of operations for Silver Arrow.

"The missions we're flying here are directly tied to our Air Force readiness and posture of being able to take the mission forward, and interacting with our active-duty counterparts here at Ramstein as well as our joint partners across EUCOM," said Tesner. "We're inter-flying with local Air Forces here, supporting missions out of Aviano, Italy. This truly is a joint endeavor, which is the core of the C-130 mission, inter-theater tactical airlift."

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