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Airmen, Marines hone tactical recovery skills

I Marine Force Expeditionary Force members from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., load downed aircrew members into an MV-22 Osprey as part of a simulated Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel scenario, Feb 22, 2017, at the Playas Training and Research Center, N.M.  During the scenario, the IMEF rescued isolated personnel from a downed aircraft while fending off mock opposition forces from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.’s 563d Operations Support Squadron. This joint effort prepared the IMEF by completing their Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force certification. This is the culmination of their crisis response operations before deploying to the United States Central Command, which consists of 20 countries In Northeast Africa and Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

I Marine Expeditionary Force members from Camp Pendleton, Calif., load downed aircrew members into an MV-22 Osprey as part of a simulated Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel scenario, Feb. 22, 2017, at the Playas Training and Research Center, N.M. During the scenario, the I MEF rescued isolated personnel from a downed aircraft while fending off mock opposition forces from the 563rd Operations Support Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., advance the desert during a simulated Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel scenario, Feb 22, 2017, at the Playas Training and Research Center, N.M. During the scenario, the IMEF rescued isolated personnel from a downed aircraft while fending off mock opposition forces from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.’s 563d Operations Support Squadron. This joint effort prepared the IMEF by completing their Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force certification. This is the culmination of their crisis response operations before deploying to the United States Central Command, which consists of 20 countries In Northeast Africa and Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Nash)

Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Pendleton, Calif., advance the desert during a simulated Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel scenario, Feb. 22, 2017, at the Playas Training and Research Center, N.M. During the scenario, the I MEF rescued isolated personnel from a downed aircraft while fending off mock opposition forces from the 563rd Operations Support Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Nash)

A U.S. Marine from the I Marine Expeditionary Force located at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., fends off enemy fire as his counterpart assesses an injured team member’s wound during a simulated Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel scenario, Feb 22, 2017, at the Playas Training and Research Center, N.M. During the scenario, the IMEF rescued isolated personnel from a downed aircraft while fending off mock opposition forces from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.’s 563d Operations Support Squadron. This joint effort prepared the IMEF by completing their Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force certification. This is the culmination of their crisis response operations before deploying to the United States Central Command, which consists of 20 countries In Northeast Africa and Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Nash)

A Marine from the I Marine Expeditionary Force located at Camp Pendleton, Calif., fends off enemy fire as his counterpart assesses a casualty during a simulated Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel scenario, Feb. 22, 2017, at the Playas Training and Research Center, N.M. During the scenario, the I MEF rescued isolated personnel from a downed aircraft while fending off mock opposition forces from the 563rd Operations Support Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Greg Nash)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) -- The thunderous sound of an MV-22 Osprey echoes over an open field as it lands. Emerging from its lowered door is the I Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Pendleton, California, who advance on the New Mexican desert to fulfill their objective: find the downed aircrew and bring them home safely.

During the simulated Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel scenario, the I MEF’s capabilities were tested by Airmen from the 563rd Operations Support Squadron assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, in a joint exercise as part of their Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force certification training Feb. 22, 2017, at the Playas Training and Research Center, New Mexico.

“We evaluated the (I MEF’s) ability to conduct a TRAP mission prior to their deployment,” said Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Benson, the Playas Training and Research Center SP MAGTF exercise site lead. “The best way to examine their recovery capabilities was to paint the most realistic simulated scenario to develop targets for both Marine ground forces and the Air Force pilots providing close air support. The 563rd OSS brought a lot of knowledge of the capabilities of the aircraft supporting the mission and allowed the scenario to replicate the most authentic events to help drive the training to benefit all players in the evolution.”

During the scenario, an aircraft went down from a mechanical failure and its crew members were isolated in a potentially dangerous area. Friendly local populace discovered the aircrew and helped safeguard them from enemy forces, protecting them inside a mock Middle Eastern market place. After the aircrew radioed for the I MEF reinforcements, the Marines scouted the area, recovering the survivors.

Amid the I MEF’s pursuit, they fended off Airmen from the 563rd OSS, a geographically-separated unit assigned to the 23rd Wing located at Moody AFB as they role-played opposition forces to better test the Marines’ TRAP skills.

“Supplying people and equipment to play in these exercises (directly invests) into the readiness of (service members) going downrange,” said Air Force Capt. Jeremiah Burleson, the 563rd OSS weapons and tactics flight commander. “We want to make the best and the most realistic scenarios so that the training environment is as close to the real thing as possible. Even though the real thing may feel different, the more accurate we can be now, the less of a shock it is for these guys when they go downrange.”

Because of the ground force threats, the Marines relied on Air Force air support to help neutralize the mock insurgents, eventually completing their mission. As the MV-22 descended, it was the ability of the Airmen to mesh with the Marines’ mission readiness practices that stood out the most according to Burleson, who role played as the exercise’s Air Force liaison mission planner.

“It’s important to understand another service’s strengths and be on the same accord in joint operations,” Burleson said. “Training environments like these accomplishes this by allowing the face-to-face interactions to ask questions and learn lessons to better execute downrange. Each service may have different terminologies and intricacies in their processes. Training together secures common ground with understanding.”

Benson credited the training, saying this joint understanding will serve the I MEF well after the completion of the SP MAGTF certification training. The training is the culmination of the unit’s crisis response operations before deploying to the United States Central Command, which consists of 20 countries in Northeast Africa across the Middle East to Central and South Asia.

“The deployment (the I MEF) is going on is a joint operation,” Benson said. “Both teams bring a lot of muscle to the fight, and when combined, it's an impressive capability our country has.”

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