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MO ANG leads airlift for Saber Junction 2019

MO ANG leads airlift for Saber Junction 2019

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Jones, with the 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, marshals in a C-130H Hercules aircraft during Saber Junction 19, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sep. 17, 2019. SJ19 is an exercise involving nearly 5,400 participants from 16 ally and partner nations at the U.S. Army’s Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, Sept. 3 to 30 Sept. 2019. SJ19 is designed to assess the readiness of the U.S. Army’s 173rd Infantry Airborne Brigade to execute land operations in a joint, combined environment and to promote interoperability with participating allies and partner nations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

MO ANG leads airlift for Saber Junction 2019

U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrafts, are parked along the flight line of Ramstein Air Base at sunset, during Saber Junction 19, Sep. 18, 2019. SJ19 is an exercise involving nearly 5,400 participants from 16 ally and partner nations at the U.S. Army’s Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, Sept. 3 to 30 Sept. 2019. SJ19 is designed to assess the readiness of the U.S. Army’s 173rd Infantry Airborne Brigade to execute land operations in a joint, combined environment and to promote interoperability with participating allies and partner nations.

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Over 115 members of the 139th Airlift Wing’s maintenance and operations groups supported Saber Junction 2019 (SJ19) at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 3 - 30, 2019.

SJ19 is a 7th Army Training Command (7ATC) conducted, U.S. Army Europe, directed annual exercise designed to assess the readiness of the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade to execute unified land operations in a joint, combined environment, and to promote interoperability with participating allies and partner nations.

“I am so proud to see the 139th Airlift Wing lead such a huge endeavor,” said Lt. Col. Barrett Golden, Saber Junction air mission commander.

For the second consecutive year, the 180th Airlift Squadron, Missouri Air National Guard, was the lead unit for the airlift portion of the large-scale exercise.

“It is an absolute testimony to the professionalism and work tenacity that the 139th Airlift Wing possesses,” said Golden. “I am so proud of the 139th and their ability to endure incredible challenges and still adapt with mission success.  That is why we keep getting invited back.”

The U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard supported SJ19 by providing personnel air drop and air landing support of airfield seizure.

Together they have conducted personnel airdrops with over 500 soldiers in the Hohenfeld drop zone, along with low cost low altitude, container delivery system and heavy equipment airdrops for a combined total of 617,000 pounds dropped in the Hohenburg drop zone.

This year the 139th joined the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing, Ohio Air National Guard’s 179th Airlift Wing and the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing from Colorado Springs.

“I am proud to see our Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve brothers and sisters integrate with such amazing interoperability,” said Golden.

U.S. military forces stationed in Europe routinely conduct these types of exercises with allied and partner nations to enhance interoperability and readiness.