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Air Force supports Army’s exercise Arctic Anvil 2019

Tech. Sgt. Joel Wilson (left) and Master Sgt. Doug Otten (right), 815th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, watch the ramp of a C-130J Super Hercules open prior to airdrop Oct. 2, 2019 over Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Miss. The 815th AS, aka ‘Flying Jennies,’ with the 327th AS, provided airlift and airdrop support for the U.S. Army’s Joint Forces Exercise Arctic Anvil, Oct. 1 to 6. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carranza)

Tech. Sgt. Joel Wilson (left) and Master Sgt. Doug Otten (right), 815th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, watch the ramp of a C-130J Super Hercules open prior to airdrop over Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Miss., Oct. 2, 2019. The 815th AS and the 327th AS, provided airlift and airdrop support for the U.S. Army’s Joint Forces Exercise Arctic Anvil, Oct. 1-6. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carranza)

Maj. Nick Foreman (left) and Maj. Chris Bean (right), 815th Airlift Squadron pilots, fly a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft toward Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Miss. Oct. 2, 2019. The 815th AS, aka ‘Flying Jennies,’ with the 327th AS, provided airlift and airdrop support for the U.S. Army’s Joint Forces Exercise Arctic Anvil, Oct. 1 to 6. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carranza)

Maj. Nick Foreman (left) and Maj. Chris Bean, 815th Airlift Squadron pilots, fly a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft toward Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Miss., Oct. 2, 2019. The 815th AS and the 327th AS provided airlift and airdrop support for the Army’s joint forces exercise Arctic Anvil, Oct. 1-6. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carranza)

Col. Daniel Collister, 913th Airlift Group deputy commander and pilot, conducts a pre-mission brief with the loadmasters, U.S. Army jumpmasters, and U.S. Army safety crew prior to take-off during the joint forces exercise called Arctic Anvil, Oct. 1-6, at Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Miss. Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 815th Airlift Squadron assigned to the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and the 327th AS assigned to the 913th Airlift Group at Little Rock AFB, Ark., provided airlift and airdrop capabilities to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jessica L. Kendziorek)

Col. Daniel Collister, 913th Airlift Group deputy commander and pilot, conducts a pre-mission brief with loadmasters, Army jumpmasters and Army safety crew prior to takeoff during the joint forces exercise Arctic Anvil at Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Miss., Oct. 1-6. Reserve Airmen from the 815th Airlift Squadron assigned to the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and the 327th AS assigned to the 913th Airlift Group at Little Rock AFB, Ark., provided airlift and airdrop capabilities to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jessica L. Kendziorek)

Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska board a C-130J flown by the 327th Airlift Squadron during a joint forces training exercise called Arctic Anvil, Oct. 1-6, at Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Miss. Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 815th AS assigned to the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and the 327th AS assigned to the 913th Airlift Group at Little Rock AFB, Ark., provided airlift and airdrop capabilities during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jessica L. Kendziorek)

4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Soldiers stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, board a C-130J flown by the 327th Airlift Squadron during the joint forces training exercise Arctic Anvil at Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Miss., Oct. 1-6. Reserve Airmen from the 815th and 327th Airlift Squadrons provided airlift and airdrop capabilities during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jessica L. Kendziorek)

Five 815th Airlift Squadron and two 327th AS C-130J Super Hercules aircraft sit on the flightline at Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Miss. Oct. 1, 2019. The 815th AS, aka ‘Flying Jennies,’ with the 327th AS, provided airlift and airdrop support for the U.S. Army’s Joint Forces Exercise Arctic Anvil, Oct. 1 to 6. (U.S. Air Force video by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carranza)

A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft sits on the flightline at Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Miss. Oct. 1, 2019. The 815th and 327th Airlift Squadrons provided airlift and airdrop support for the Army’s joint forces exercise Arctic Anvil, Oct. 1-6. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carranza)

The 815th Airlift Squadron completes an airdrop of container delivery systems during the Army's joint forces exercise Arctic Anvil, Oct. 1-6, over Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Miss. Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 815th AS assigned to the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and the 327th AS assigned to the 913th Airlift Group at Little Rock AFB, Ark., provided airlift and airdrop capabilities to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jessica L. Kendziorek)

The 815th Airlift Squadron completes an airdrop of container delivery systems during the Army joint forces exercise Arctic Anvil, Oct. 1-6, over Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Miss. Reserve Airmen from the 815th AS and the 327th AS provided airlift and airdrop capabilities to the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jessica L. Kendziorek)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) --

Airmen from the 815th and 327th Airlift Squadrons provided airlift and airdrop support for the Army’s exercise Arctic Anvil, Oct. 1-6.

Arctic Anvil is a joint, multi-national, force-on-force culminating training exercise at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Mississippi, that runs throughout the month of October.

“The 815th (AS), along with the 327th Airlift Squadron, had the pleasure of supporting the (4th Brigade Combat Team, Airborne, 25th Infantry Division) for the exercise Arctic Anvil by providing personnel and equipment airdrop as well as short-field, air-land operations,” said Lt. Col. Mark Suckow, 815th AS pilot. “We were able to airdrop 400 paratroopers and equipment Wednesday night and 20 bundles of supplies Sunday into Camp Shelby.”

The 815th AS is an Air Force Reserve Command tactical airlift unit assigned to the 403rd Wing. The unit transports supplies, equipment and personnel into a theater of operation. The 403rd Wing maintains 20 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, 10 of which are flown by the 815th AS.

“We had the opportunity to provide three aircrews and two C-130Js to help execute the mass airlift and airdrop,” Col. Dan Collister, 913th Airlift Group deputy commander said. The 327th AS is a unit of the 913th AG based out of Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, and is an associate unit of the 19th Airlift Wing, an active duty unit equipped with C-130J aircraft.

“Our primary mission at the 913th is to provide combat-ready Airmen, tactical airlift and agile combat support. Participating in a joint exercise such as this is a great way for our Reserve Citizen Airmen to hone their skills and get experience working hand-in-hand with partner units and sister services,” Collister said.

More than 3,000 Soldiers of the 4/25th ICBT (ABN), based out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, are participating in the exercise.

"At Camp Shelby, our paratroopers have completed a mass tactical airborne operation followed by force-on-force exercises culminating with combined live-fire training that will prepare us for the brigade’s upcoming joint readiness training exercise in January,” said Army Col. Christopher Landers, 4/25th IBCT (ABN) commander. “Camp Shelby and the state of Mississippi have provided a remarkable training opportunity, that without their significant support, would not have been possible."

In addition to the 4/25th ICBT (ABN), Soldiers from the 177th Combat Sustainment Support Brigade, the 3rd Royal Canadian Regiment and Airmen from various units collaborated for the exercise.

Airmen from the 403rd Wing, 319th Airlift Group, 321st Contingency Response Squadron and 81st Training Wing supported the Air Force’s role in Arctic Anvil. Airmen from the 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron and Operations Support Flight contributed to the exercise with ground vehicle transportation and airspace support for the Soldiers who were rigging their supplies for airdrop.

“I am proud of our crews for this exercise,” Suckow said. “They executed the mission as planned and helped us to meet our objectives. Time over target for airdrop and air-land operations were executed flawlessly. The air-land portion into the (landing zone) was completed in less than minimal time from landing to takeoff. Having the opportunity to work with thousands of Soldiers in a large scale exercise like this is very beneficial training for us, it prepares us for real world operations.”

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