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Mobility Guardian 2019

A preview of interoperability

Fairchild AFB will host Mobility Guardian 2019 beginning this weekend. Photo credit: Senior Airman Mary O’Dell, U.S. Air Force

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The stage is set for Air Mobility Command's (AMC) premier, large-scale mobility exercise, Mobility Guardian 2019 (MG19) exercise.

Hosted by the 92nd and 141st Air Refueling Wings located at Fairchild Air Force Base, the exercise is scheduled to take place Sept. 8-28.

Over 2,500 airmen from across the United States and from international partners will test their interoperability capabilities during the event. More than 60 aircraft comprised of 10 different airframes are slated to fly.

McChord Field personnel plan on taking part in the training.

"This exercise promotes globally-minded mobility operations through partnerships," Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Mobility Command commander, said in a press release.

"We'll bring together partners from more than two dozen nations to train like we fight, while enhancing the vital relationships we rely on to accomplish the mission."

Initially hosted by Joint Base Lewis-McChord in 2017, this second exercise is expected to challenge aircrew and ground support training tables across multiple airframes to ensure that American and international forces are prepared and able to accomplish any mission.

"We want to ensure that our allied partners get as much out of this upcoming exercise as possible," added Col. Joseph Monaco, AMC's MG19 director.

MG19 is designed to test readiness by presenting various challenges of complexity in contested, downgraded and operationally-limited environments.

This year's exercise has evolved to test aircrews and support elements against new scenarios replicating current threats.

Planners point out that participants will confront some of the high-end threats they may face in the future, to include an expanded aeromedical evacuation scenario and an exercise environment that involves operations when communications have been disrupted.

"Global reach is only possible because of the dedication and expertise of our airmen delivering cargo, personnel, fuel and lifesaving care anywhere in the world.  Mobility Guardian will put all of these capabilities to the test," added Col. Derek Salmi, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander.

"Mobility Guardian will put all of these capabilities ... to the test as we train with our joint and international partners to operate in contested environments together."

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