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Colombian Air Force leads multinational airdrop mission

Colombian Air Force leads multinational airdrop mission

Colombian Air Force members, suit-up for a multinational personnel airdrop from a Colombian Casa 295 aircraft during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 6, 2017. Nineteen multinational service members from Colombia, France and Pakistan jumped out of a Casa 295 at Larson, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Mobility Guardian

Multinational paratroopers gather their gear after a jump at Larson Wash., Aug. 6, 2017, in support of Exercise Mobility Guardian. More than 3,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and international partners converged on the state of Washington in support of Mobility Guardian. 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. The exercise is designed to sharpen Airmen's skills in support of combatant commander requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kristen Heller)

Colombian Air Force leads multinational airdrop mission

A Colombian Air Force member speaks to Pakistani Air Force members prior to a flight on a Colombian Casa 295 aircraft for a multinational personnel airdrop during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 6, 2017. The Colombian Air Force planned, led and executed the airdrop mission with participation from the French and Pakistani Air Forces and support from the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Mobility Guardian

A member of the Colombian Commando Forces participates in a personnel drop from a Casa 295 aircraft flown by the Colombian Air Force at Exercise Mobility Guardian Aug. 06, 2017. More than 3,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and international partners converged on the state of Washington in support of Mobility Guardian. 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. The exercise is designed to sharpen Airmen’s skills in support of combatant commander requirements. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AFNS) -- The Colombian Air Force conducted a multinational personnel airdrop mission from their Casa 295 aircraft during Exercise Mobility Guardian Aug. 6, 2017.

The French and Pakistani Air Forces participated in the mission which the Colombians planned, led and executed with support from the U.S. Air Force.

“The U.S. planning cell provided us with a lot of information, like the route and mission,” said Colombian Air Force Maj. Jesus Cortes, the mission planner. “We also gathered information for an international jump and were able to brief our crews to accomplish the mission.”

Nineteen multinational service members from Colombia, France and Pakistan jumped out of the Casa 295 onto their drop zone at Larson, Washington.

“What we saw today was everything that was scheduled, everything that was planned, and everything was (carried out) just like it was briefed, we appreciate that,” said French air force Chief Adjutant Liliam Lagasse.

Columbian leadership designated two meetings to provide ample time for effective communication and jumpers to prepare their gear. Communication is a critical aspect for successful airdrop operations when dealing with different languages.

“In the plane we spoke with many hand languages,” Lagasse said. “We were speaking with signals with our hands (and body). I think maybe we will try to do that in France.”

According to a Colombian Air Force Mobility Guardian informational booklet, the Colombian Air Force is shifting its mission towards increasing their participation in the global context, projecting its capabilities through allied interoperability and joint operations.

“This exercise demonstrates the success of years of partnership between the U.S and Colombia,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel Mangan, the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) strategic plans and programs deputy director. “Their performance was absolutely superb, especially considering the fact that they planned, led, and executed a multinational jump. This is positive proof that Colombia is a security exporter and a first-rate strategic partner for the U.S.”

Mobility Guardian is an Air Mobility Command led exercise that is designed to enhance the capabilities of mobility Airmen by preparing them to succeed in the dynamic threat environments, while strengthening partnerships, discovery, learning and improving together as an integrated team.

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