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Joining forces: joint mobility team concludes support for major N.C. combat exercise.

16 August 2012

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A joint Air Force and Army team of 120 response experts recently spent two weeks participating in a mobility and ground combat exercise that simulated the staging and forcible entry of U.S. combat forces into a hostile area.

About 70 Airmen assigned to the 621st Contingency Response Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., and 50 Soldiers assigned to the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., took part in Joint Operational Access Exercise 12-02 at Mackall Army Airfield, N.C.

"The Army and the Air Force working together in the same team makes all the difference in the world," said Col. Kevin Oliver, the 818th Contingency Response Group and the JTF-PO commander. "We are able to pool our knowledge and resources inside a single task force of experts so any problems, obstacles or misunderstandings are quickly resolved with minimum impact to our customers."

A JTF-PO is a joint force of aerial and surface cargo specialists who establish aerial port operations and provide logistics support to expedite the flow of air and surface cargo to warfighters.

During the exercise, an eight-man contingency response team established an air mobility command and control node at a landing zone on Fort Bragg, N.C. Once one the ground, the CRT members provided communications and situational awareness on aircraft operations to the ground force commander's assault command post.

In addition to on-location support in North Carolina for the large joint exercise, a team of 621st CRW air mobility division mission planners from the 615th Contingency Operations Support Group at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., served as the central command and control function for all air mobility operations.

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BY TECH. SGT. EDWARD GYOKERES, 621ST CONTINGENCY RESPONSE WING
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