HomeNewsArticle Display

Marines join Kadena Airmen for contingency exercise

Master Sgt. Richard Holguin speaks to civil engineer Airmen and Marines Feb. 26, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Holguin acted as the wing inspection team lead and explained the differences in practice between a training exercise and a real-world scenario. Joint forces from the 172nd and 171st Engineering Companies and 18th Civil Engineer Squadron worked together to repair a damaged runway in response to a simulated air attack. Holguin is the 718th CES Engineering Flight superintendent. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier)

Master Sgt. Richard Holguin speaks to civil engineer Airmen and Marines Feb. 26, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Holguin acted as the wing inspection team lead and explained the differences in practice between a training exercise and a real-world scenario. Joint forces from the 172nd and 171st Engineering Companies and 18th Civil Engineer Squadron worked together to repair a damaged runway in response to a simulated air attack. Holguin is the 718th CES Engineering Flight superintendent. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier)

Loaders, operated by 18th Civil Engineer Group Airmen, level out a 50-foot crater on a mock runway Feb. 26, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Marines from the 172nd and 171st Engineering Companies participated in a joint airfield damage and repair contingency exercise to learn how civil engineer Airmen respond to airfield damage and to strengthen joint capabilities of reestablishing an operational runway. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier)

Loaders, operated by 18th Civil Engineer Group Airmen, level out a 50-foot crater on a mock runway Feb. 26, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Marines from the 172nd and 171st Engineering Companies participated in a joint airfield damage and repair contingency exercise to learn how civil engineer Airmen respond to airfield damage and to strengthen joint capabilities of reestablishing an operational runway. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier)

Airmen from the 18th Civil Engineer Group and 172nd and 171st Engineering Company Marines unfold a fiber glass mat during a joint airfield damage and repair contingency exercise Feb. 26, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Airmen and Marines worked together in order to repair a 50-foot crater on a mock runway. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier)

Airmen from the 18th Civil Engineer Group and 172nd and 171st Engineering Company Marines unfold a fiber glass mat during a joint airfield damage and repair contingency exercise Feb. 26, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Airmen and Marines worked together in order to repair a 50-foot crater on a mock runway. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) -- Civil engineer Airmen and combat engineer Marines participated in a joint airfield damage and repair contingency exercise Feb. 26, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

Joint forces from the 172nd and 171st Engineering Companies and 18th Civil Engineer Squadron worked together to repair a damaged runway in response to a simulated air attack.

"Our mission is to reestablish an operational runway so that we can get planes in and out," said 2nd Lt. David Brown-Dawson, the 18th CES Airfield Damage and Repair officer in charge. "If an attack were to actually happen, we need to utilize all of our assets, and that's military wide. Not just Air Force, not just Navy, Army and the Marines; we all need come together because we're all fighting the same fight."

The exercise gave members from both services the opportunity to showcase their runway repair capabilities and helped them establish more effective ways to communicate and react in a crisis situation.

"It's been really helpful to come out and see how the Air Force does it because this is their bread and butter," said Marine Corps 1st Lt. John Mutton, the 172nd Marine Wing Support Squadron combat engineer officer, "They are also able to see how we operate as well, which allows us to establish relations that are really helpful for the future."

Marines and Airmen donned personal protective gear in response to a simulated chemical attack. Other responses were conducted side-by-side, including airfield damage assessment, establishing a mobile aircraft arresting system, leveling a 50-foot crater and securing a folded fiber glass mat.

Reestablishing an operational runway is vital in order to maintain offensive and defensive capabilities. Electrician Airmen set up a threshold of runway lights across the airfield, marking the boundaries of a minimum operating strip. This allowed for aircraft to take off and land in a safe to use section of an otherwise damaged runway.

"I always look forward to see what the Marines have to offer," said Master Sgt. Matthew Novack, the 18th CES ADR horizontal repair NCO in charge. "More than one set of eyes is always better because they can see something totally different than the way we do. They can help us improve a simple step and that alone can make our lives a lot easier and we show them a few tricks along the way as well."

While each service follows different response procedures, the exercise helped them to understand how one another operate and combine assets improving their ability to work together.

Engage

Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: SecAF Kendall just finished addressing the @AirForceAssoc's Air, Space & Cyber Conference. The topics he spoke on includ…
Twitter
RT @UnderSecAF: Happy #DontAskDontTell Repeal Day! Honored to commemorate the repeal’s 10th anniversary with some of our LGBTQ Airmen & Gua…
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: Today launches the @AirForceAssoc's Air, Space & Cyber Conference! #ASC21 Among many notable speakers, Secretary Kenda…
Twitter
Department of the Air Force senior leaders will attend the Air Space Cyber Conference Sept. 20-22. DAF leaders wil… https://t.co/grfMC31QH1
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: Senior leaders held a town hall event Thursday to discuss the Department of the Air Force's recent release of two dispar…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Wishing all #AirForce marathon runners good luck in this year’s virtual race. Happy birthday #AirForce and have a great y…
Twitter
.@KIRTLAND377ABW is one of three bases using a new mobile application to streamline munitions inventory processes.… https://t.co/VQIAzo82bJ
Twitter
Two F-117 Nighthawks visited the @144thFW, California, to conduct dissimilar air combat training missions. This mar… https://t.co/B4lZUbO19p
Twitter
Attending #ASC21 this year? Be sure to catch DAF leaders as they speak on the state of our forces, family, agile… https://t.co/BRupfkuxuR
Twitter
RT @UnderSecAF: Celebrating 74 years of @USAirForce Airmen breaking barriers and defending the high ground. Thank you to all #Airmen, past…
Twitter
The Air Force has a 74-year success record in airpower, and all #Airmen—past and present—play an important role in… https://t.co/DroXtLgOLv
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: Happy 74th birthday to our great Air Force! https://t.co/xjRXwISSxK
Twitter
Special tactics Airmen assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing, @AFSpecOpsCmd, concluded their response to aug… https://t.co/QAgSEOKdbB
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Happy 74th Birthday @USAirForce. We have come a long way and will continue to fly, fight, and win…#Airpower #AnytimeAnywh
Twitter
RT @DeptofDefense: For 74 years, the @usairforce has been protecting our skies and defending our nation. Happy birthday, #AirForce! https:…
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: SecAF's message to #Airmen on the @USAirForce's birthday: "You’ve built a proud legacy over the decades -- the future wi…
Twitter
USAF tradition calls for the most junior ranking Airman and most senior ranking Airman present to cut the birthday… https://t.co/c6COZ5fcvf
Twitter
Today is our 74th Birthday! From humble beginnings in 1947, we stand on the shoulders of great Airmen who have hel… https://t.co/Y5l4gnGiBp
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Meet MSgt Aldrian Byrd. He led security operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein AB and ensured the s…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,377,129
Follow Us