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Chilean Air Force partners with US Air Force, Navy, Army for Mobility Guardian 2019

Chilean Air Force partners with US Air Force, Navy, Army for Mobility Guardian 2019

Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft and U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Charleston, are parked on the flightline during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept. 20, 2019. The Chilean KC-130R was the only aircraft in the exercise that had airlift, airdrop and aerial refueling capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Chilean Air Force partners with US Air Force, Navy, Army for Mobility Guardian 2019

U.S. Air Force Maj. Daryl Howard, Texas Air National Guard 136th Airlift Wing, speaks with a Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft pilot prior to flight during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept 22, 2019. The Texas Air National Guard 136th Airlift Wing with their C-130 Hercules accompanied the Chilean Air Force and their KC-130R in the exercise as part of their State Partnership Program that has paired the two for 10 years. The Chilean Air Force borrowed buffer stop assembly and a center vertical restrain equipment from the 136th Airlift Wing during this exercise perform for the first time a mass container delivery system airdrops, of 16 bundles at a time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Chilean Air Force partners with US Air Force, Navy, Army for Mobility Guardian 2019

Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft pilot lands at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept. 23, 2019, during Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019. The KC-130R aircraft conducted nine day and night missions to include night vision goggles formation flights, airlift, airdrop, air to air refueling, and aeromedical evacuations with critical care air transport teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Chilean Air Force partners with US Air Force, Navy, Army for Mobility Guardian 2019

A Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft launches for a familiarization flight during Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept 22, 2019. The Chilean KC-130R was the only aircraft in the exercise that had airlift, airdrop and aerial refueling capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Chilean Air Force partners with US Air Force, Navy, Army for Mobility Guardian 2019

A Chilean Air Force Airman and U.S. Air Force Airman prepare to unload cargo from a Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft on the flightline of Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash, during Exercise Mobility Guardian Sept. 20. 2019. One of the exercise focuses areas was to strengthening partnerships, discovering and learning together to ensure all Airmen improve as one integrated team. There was 4,000 personnel and 29 international partner nations participating in the exercise to strengthen their skills and partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Chilean Air Force partners with US Air Force, Navy, Army for Mobility Guardian 2019

Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft loadmaster looks over cargo bundles prior to flight during Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept. 22, 2019. The Texas Air National Guard 136th Airlift Wing with their C-130 Hercules accompanied the Chilean Air Force and their KC-130R in the exercise as part of their State Partnership Program that has paired the two for 10 years. The Chilean Air Force borrowed buffer stop assembly and a center vertical restrain equipment from the 136th Airlift Wing during this exercise perform for the first time a mass container delivery system airdrops, of 16 bundles at a time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Fairchild Air Force Base

A U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler connects to a Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft for an air-to-air refueling over Washington during Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019 Sept. 23, 2019. The Chilean KC-130R was the only aircraft in the exercise that had airlift, airdrop and aerial refueling capability. One of the key training objectives also made history between the two nations by conducting air-to-air refueling between Chile’s KC-130R and the U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island for the first time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Chilean Air Force partners with US Air Force, Navy, Army for Mobility Guardian 2019

Four U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers fly in formation as they approach a Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft prior to an air-to-air refuelingover Washington during Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019 Sept. 23, 2019. The Chilean KC-130R was the only aircraft in the exercise that had airlift, airdrop and aerial refueling capability. One of the key training objectives also made history between the two nations by conducting air-to-air refueling between Chile’s KC-130R and the U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island for the first time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Fairchild Air Force Base

Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft pilots fly over Washington during Exercise Mobility Guardian Sept. 23, 2019. The exercise is intended to test the abilities of the Mobility Air Forces to execute rapid global mobility missions in dynamic, contested environments. Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for the Mobility Air Forces to train with joint and international partners in airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Chilean Air Force partners with US Air Force, Navy, Army for Mobility Guardian 2019
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A Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft starts its engines prior to a flight during Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept 22, 2019. The exercise is intended to test the abilities of the Mobility Air Forces to execute rapid global mobility missions in dynamic, contested environments. Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for the Mobility Air Forces to train with joint and international partners in airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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Chilean Air Force members in-process Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash, Sept. 19, 2019. Exercise Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier, large scale mobility exercise. Through robust and relevant training, Mobility Guardian improves the readiness and capabilities of Mobility Airmen to deliver rapid global mobility and builds a more lethal and ready Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft loadmaster prepares for an airdrop mission over Washington during Exercise Mobility Guardian Sept. 23, 2019. The Texas Air National Guard 136th Airlift Wing with their C-130 Hercules accompanied the Chilean Air Force and their KC-130R in the exercise as part of their State Partnership Program that has paired the two for 10 years. The Chilean Air Force borrowed buffer stop assembly and a center vertical restrain equipment from the 136th Airlift Wing during this exercise perform for the first time a mass container delivery system airdrops, of 16 bundles at a time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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A Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft is parked on the flightline while medical equipment is loaded onto it for an aeromedical evacuation night flight during Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept, 23, 2019. The Chilean KC-130R was the only aircraft in the exercise that had airlift, airdrop and aerial refueling capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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A Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft is parked on the flightline while medical equipment is loaded onto it for an aeromedical evacuation night flight during Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept, 23, 2019. The KC-130R aircraft conducted nine day and night missions to include night vision goggles formation flights, airlift, airdrop, air to air refueling, and aeromedical evacuations with critical care air transport teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers fly next to a Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft after being refueled by the tanker during Exercise Mobility Guardian Sept. 23, 2019. The Chilean KC-130R was the only aircraft in the exercise that had airlift, airdrop and aerial refueling capability. One of the key training objectives also made history between the two nations by conducting air-to-air refueling between Chile’s KC-130R and the U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island for the first time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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A Chilean Air Force patch is worn by a Chilean KC-130R aircraft crew member during Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept. 22, 2019. One of the exercise focuses areas was to strengthening partnerships, discovering and learning together to ensure all Airmen improve as one integrated team. There was 4,000 personnel and 29 international partner nations participating in the exercise to strengthen their skills and partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Chilean Air Force partners with US Air Force, Navy, Army for Mobility Guardian 2019
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Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft loadmaster prepares for an airdrop mission over Washington during Exercise Mobility Guardian Sept. 23, 2019. The exercise is intended to test the abilities of the Mobility Air Forces to execute rapid global mobility missions in dynamic, contested environments. Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for the Mobility Air Forces to train with joint and international partners in airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft loadmaster walks up the ramp prior to flight during Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept. 22, 2019. The exercise is intended to test the abilities of the Mobility Air Forces to execute rapid global mobility missions in dynamic, contested environments. Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for the Mobility Air Forces to train with joint and international partners in airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules from the Texas Air National Guard 136th Airlift Wing, launches for an familiarization flight during Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept 22, 2019. The Texas Air National Guard 136th Airlift Wing with their C-130 Hercules accompanied the Chilean Air Force and their KC-130R in the exercise as part of their State Partnership Program that has paired the two for 10 years. The Chilean Air Force borrowed buffer stop assembly and a center vertical restrain equipment from the 136th Airlift Wing during this exercise perform for the first time a mass container delivery system airdrops, of 16 bundles at a time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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A Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft crew chief communicates with pilots over a headset prior to a flight during Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept. 22, 2019. One of the exercise focuses areas was to strengthening partnerships, discovering and learning together to ensure all Airmen improve as one integrated team. There was 4,000 personnel and 29 international partner nations participating in the exercise to strengthen their skills and partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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Chilean Air Force crew chief and loadmaster communicate while preparing the KC-130R aircraft for flight during Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept 22, 2019. The KC-130R aircraft conducted nine day and night missions to include night vision goggles formation flights, airlift, airdrop, air to air refueling, and aeromedical evacuations with critical care air transport teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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A Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft pilot inputs GPS information prior to flight during Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept. 22, 2019. One of the exercise focuses areas was to strengthening partnerships, discovering and learning together to ensure all Airmen improve as one integrated team. There was 4,000 personnel and 29 international partner nations participating in the exercise to strengthen their skills and partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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A C-130H Hercules from the Texas National Guard 136th Airlift Wing, A Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft and a United Arab Emirates Air Force C-17A Globemaster III sit are parked on the flightline at Fairchile Air Force Base, Wash., during Exercise Mobility Guardian Sept. 22, 2019. The Texas Air National Guard 136th Airlift Wing with their C-130 Hercules accompanied the Chilean Air Force and their KC-130R in the exercise as part of their State Partnership Program that has paired the two for 10 years. The Chilean Air Force borrowed buffer stop assembly and a center vertical restrain equipment from the 136th Airlift Wing during this exercise perform for the first time a mass container delivery system airdrops, of 16 bundles at a time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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U.S. Air Force and Chilean Air Force Airmen discus cargo movement next the a Chilean Air Force KC-130 aircraft on the flightline at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., during Exercise Mobility Guardian, Sept. 20, 2019. Exercise Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier, large scale mobility exercise. Through robust and relevant training, Mobility Guardian improves the readiness and capabilities of Mobility Airmen to deliver rapid global mobility and builds a more lethal and ready Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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Chilean Air Force and U.S. Air Force Airmen prepare to unload cargo from a Chilean Air Force KC-130R aircraft on the flightline of Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash, during Exercise Mobility Guardian Sept. 20. 2019. One of the exercise focuses areas was to strengthening partnerships, discovering and learning together to ensure all Airmen improve as one integrated team. There was 4,000 personnel and 29 international partner nations participating in the exercise to strengthen their skills and partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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U.S. Air Force Personnel Support for Contingency Operations technician disseminates in-processing documents to Chilean Air Force members participating in Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash, Sept. 19, 2019. The exercise is intended to test the abilities of the Mobility Air Forces to execute rapid global mobility missions in dynamic, contested environments. Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for the Mobility Air Forces to train with joint and international partners in airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – The Chilean Air Force accomplished many firsts with their KC-130R aircraft in Exercise Mobility Guardian Sept 19-28, 2019.

“This is the first time we’ve launched the container delivery system,” said Chilean Air Force Col. Miguel Stange, Chilean delegation Mobility Guardian commander. “We have purchased the equipment to conduct CDS but it’s not yet in Chile. The support from the National Guard has been very important for this exercise.” 

The Texas Air National Guard 136th Airlift Wing with their C-130 Hercules accompanied the Chilean Air Force and their KC-130R in the exercise as part of their State Partnership Program that has paired the two for 10 years. The Chilean Air Force borrowed buffer stop assembly and a center vertical restrain equipment from the 136th Airlift Wing during this exercise perform a mass container delivery system airdrops, of 16 bundles at a time.

U.S. Army riggers and U.S. Air Force joint airdrop inspectors prepared the airdrop cargo loads prior to fights. Once the cargo was loaded aboard KC-130R the Chilean crew worked closely with U.S. Army riggers and U.S. Air Force JAIs as they inspected the cargo load to guarantee it was properly connected and was undamaged.

“Our mission during mobility guardian is to rig the container delivery systems and heavy drop platforms that the Partner Nations are dropping over the drop zones,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Frank, Mobility Guardian rigging facility NCOIC, from Fort Bragg, North Carolina. “Our experience with Chile has been good”

The Chilean KC-130R was the only aircraft in the exercise that had airlift, airdrop and aerial refueling capability. One of the key training objectives also made history between the two nations by conducting air-to-air refueling between Chile’s KC-130R and the U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island for the first time.

“This is a very important milestone,” Stange said. “We are now certified to refuel the Growlers, in the future we can do air refueling for the U.S. Navy in Chile.”

The KC-130R aircraft conducted nine day and night missions to include night vision goggles formation flights, airlift, airdrop, air to air refueling, and aeromedical evacuations with critical care air transport teams.

The Chilean medical Airmen integrated with U.S. CCATT and AE Airmen to treat, stabilize and transport 37 simulated patents on a Chilean Air Force KC-130R.

“One of our main goals here is to test the interoperability between other countries,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Katlyn Kraemer, 43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse. “Language barrier can always make things more difficult but everyone had such a positive attitude and were willing to work together to learn together.”

For the last year, the Chilean Airmen have been training with their night vision goggles in preparation for Mobility Guardian. Under the instruction and partnership with the Texas National Guard Airmen, the Chilean Air Force KC-130R crew preformed their first night flight formation using NVGs.

U.S. Air Force Maj Daryl Howard Texas Air National Guard 136th Airlift Wing, has years of experience partnering with the Chilean Air Force and expressed that the Chilean Airmen are well versed with operating a C-130 but that this exercise will assist the Chilean pilots in learning new flying tactics with the airframe.

 “We understand the importance of this kind of exercise,” Stage said. “We need to know how to operate in other countries the most important [benefit] is building relationships with other countries and to verify the capabilities of the complex scenarios while integrating with multiple aircraft.”

The Chilean Minister of Defense Alberto Espina Otero, Chilean Chief of the Joint Staff Vice Admiral Rodrigo Alvarez and Chilean Air Force Chief of Staff Arturo Merino Nunez, traveled to the exercise to observe their country’s participation and to partake in the exercises distinguished visitor day Sept 25.

Espina Otero thanked the Chilean Airmen for their hard work and dedication and highlighted how their successes will affect Chile’s capability to conduct future engagements.

Mobility Guardian brought U.S. Air Force, joint and internationals partners together to train as they fight by strengthening partnerships, discovering and learning together to improve as a Total Force.

 “Mobility Guardian is not just another mobility exercise,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Miller, Air Combat Command commander. “Mobility Guardian prepares us for the future threats we’re going to be facing.”

 

 

 

 

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