McChord performs during Rainier War exercise

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  • By Senior Airman Divine Cox
  • 62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
In today's military, aircrews have to be trained and ready to handle any type of combat scenario, and recently, members of Joint Base Lewis-McChord and other bases participated in exercise Rainier War to help hone their skills.

Aircrews from Joint Base Lewis-McChord; Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; and Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, departed from McChord Field Dec. 10 to participate in a joint forcible entry exercise over Moses Lake, Washington.

Rainier War is a semiannual large formation exercise, hosted by the 62nd Airlift Wing, designed to train aircrews under realistic scenarios that support a full spectrum operations against modern threats and replicate today's contingency operations.

"We launched 11 C-17 Globemaster III's to train and hone our combat and humanitarian mobility delivery skills," said Col. Leonard Kosinski, the 62nd AW commander.

Once the aircraft launched and were in the air, aircrews began preparing their aircraft for its large formation airdrops.

Before the formation performed the heavy container delivery system airdrops, the aircrews performed low-level flying prior to arriving at the drop zone in Moses Lake.

"I enjoy watching the success of our hard work," said Staff Sgt. Joseph Timpson, a 10th Airlift Squadron loadmaster. "Practice makes perfect, and when you train all the time, specifically on airdrop missions, you expect everything to be perfect."

Rainier War included the large formation airdrops and a larger formation of C 17s before heading back to McChord.

"This was a very challenging exercise and lots of important learning took place," Kosinski said. "It was incredibly realistic and challenging training needed to ensure we are ready whenever and wherever our nation calls."