The sky above the Pacific Northwest swarmed with fighter, bomber and transport aircraft last week in a display of not only America’s military power, but its commitment to working with partner nations.
It was part of Mobility Guardian, the Air Force’s premiere training exercise that integrated forces from 30 countries to gauge their ability to work together through a variety of simulated combat missions. The exercise involved more than 3,000 airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines, challenging them to work together and improve tactics that enhance air mobility operations.
“To our partners, we’re on your side and we want to work with you,” said Lt. Col. Judd Baker, acting as the mission commander for Pope Field airmen during the exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.
“To our adversaries, we’re ready and you probably don’t want to mess with us,” Baker said. “We can touch you anywhere and that’s really what the Global Response Force is about.”
The two-week exercise ended Friday. About 70 airmen from the 43rd Air Mobility Operations Group at Pope Field participated in the exercise.
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