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Joint airdrop in Greece: Combined efforts key to success

Greek paratroopers prepare for a water landing after jumping out the back of a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules during Stolen Cerberus, a two-week flying, training deployment designed to incorporate various training methods in order to maintain proficiency during deployed operations and increase interoperability with the Hellenic Air Force, Feb. 2 to 14. The mission provided the U.S. and Hellenic Air Forces a unique opportunity to learn how each service performs airlift operations, improving the joint capabilities of both nations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kris Levasseur)

Greek paratroopers prepare for a water landing after jumping out the back of a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules during Stolen Cerberus, a two-week flying, training deployment designed to incorporate various training methods in order to maintain proficiency during deployed operations and increase interoperability with the Hellenic air force, Feb. 2 to 14, 2014. The mission provided the U.S. and Hellenic air forces a unique opportunity to learn how each service performs airlift operations, improving the joint capabilities of both nations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kris Levasseur)

Staff Sgt. Jordan Rose, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, secures an airdrop bundle during Stolen Cerberus, a two-week flying, training deployment designed to incorporate various training methods in order to maintain proficiency during deployed operations and increase interoperability with the Hellenic Air Force, Feb. 2 to 14. The training mission brought U.S. and Greek military forces together to build upon and strengthen the bonds currently shared between the two countries, while continuing to improve interoperability as Greece and the U.S. continue to work together in operations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kris Levasseur)

Staff Sgt. Jordan Rose secures an airdrop bundle during Stolen Cerberus, a two-week flying, training deployment designed to incorporate various training methods in order to maintain proficiency during deployed operations and increase interoperability with the Hellenic air force, Feb. 2 to 14, 2014. The training mission brought U.S. and Greek military forces together to build upon and strengthen the bonds currently shared between the two countries, while continuing to improve interoperability as Greece and the U.S. continue to work together in operations worldwide. Rose is a 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kris Levasseur)

A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules takes a pass over Larissa Drop Zone in Greece during Stolen Cerberus, a two-week flying, training deployment designed to incorporate various training methods in order to maintain proficiency during deployed operations and increase interoperability with the Hellenic Air Force, Feb. 2 to 14. The mission provided the U.S. and Hellenic Air Forces a unique opportunity to learn how each service performs airlift operations, improving the joint capabilities of both nations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chris Birdwell)

A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules takes a pass over Larissa Drop Zone in Greece during Stolen Cerberus, a two-week flying, training deployment designed to incorporate various training methods in order to maintain proficiency during deployed operations and increase interoperability with the Hellenic air force, Feb. 2 to 14, 2014. The mission provided the U.S. and Hellenic air forces a unique opportunity to learn how each service performs airlift operations, improving the joint capabilities of both nations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chris Birdwell)

Cpl. Aldeon Pierre, 5th Quartermaster Company, checks an airdrop bundle with two Greek service members during Stolen Cerberus, a two-week flying, training deployment designed to incorporate various training methods in order to maintain proficiency during deployed operations and increase interoperability with the Hellenic Air Force, Feb. 2 to 14. The combined training also incorporated several support elements, such as aircrew flight equipment, joint airdrop inspection and security forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kris Levasseur)

Cpl. Aldeon Pierre checks an airdrop bundle with two Greek service members during Stolen Cerberus, a two-week flying, training deployment designed to incorporate various training methods in order to maintain proficiency during deployed operations and increase interoperability with the Hellenic Air Force, Feb. 2 to 14, 2014. The combined training also incorporated several support elements, such as aircrew flight equipment, joint airdrop inspection and security forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kris Levasseur)

ELEFSINA, Greece (AFNS) -- In true Greek fashion, a few select service members from the Kaiserslautern Military Community area have undertaken a momentous task. Though lacking the same Herculean strength outlined in Greek mythology, these Airmen make up for it with sheer determination and the will to succeed in their task -- appropriately named Stolen Cerberus, a two-week flying training deployment to Elefsina, Greece, Feb. 2 to 14.

Like Hercules Airmen and Soldiers from the Joint Airdrop Inspection team set out on a seemingly simple task that proved to be more daunting than originally expected to provide the means to safely and effectively drop cargo and paratroopers out of C-130J Super Hercules.

Due to several recent rainstorms, conditions at the drop zones in Greece were extremely muddy, which made it unsafe for jumpers and difficult to recover dropped cargo.

"Because of the mud, there were a lot of problems dropping on the zones," said Tech. Sgt. Andrew Holsenback, the 86th Operations Support Squadron wing weapons and tactics flight chief. "Our job requires us to survey each zone and ensure it is safe for use. We also monitor conditions from the ground during drops to make sure everything goes well."

Holsenback added that even with the problems, the cooperation of our Greek partners made the airdrop a success during this mission possible. They also dropped Greek equipment and jumpers, and coordinated closely with their counterparts in the Hellenic military.

"We've had a lot of interaction with the Greeks during these two weeks, which has been great," he said. "They want to learn from us and we want to learn from them, so having the opportunity to get this type of hands-on experience has been amazing."

The cooperation from the Greek service members allowed both U.S. and Hellenic forces a chance to see airdrop operations in a new way. According to Chief Warrant Officer 4 Orlando Villegas, the 21st Theater Sustainment Command airdrop advisor, there were a lot of differences in the way both nations perform airdrops.

"We have been so involved with each other's operations during this trip, which has been invaluable for the U.S. and Greek forces," he said. "It allows both countries to see the differences and hopefully take some of that knowledge to improve our cooperation in the future. It only makes us better."

He added that it was the combined efforts during this mission that led to its success.

Though not performing the 12 labors of Hercules, the JAI service members have met the challenges during Stolen Cerberus with the sole mission of honing their skills, while increasing their capability with their NATO partners in Greece. They have accomplished this task with flying colors, proving not only that the airframe lives up to the name of Hercules, but that they are worthy of the legend as well.

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