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CR Airmen test ACE capabilities with MAF, CAF aircraft

Senior Airman Antoine Barnes, 821st Contingency Response Squadron fire team member, marshals a C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, April 27, 2021, on the flight line at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. Barnes participated in exercise Rainier War, testing his abilities to employ air combat capabilities during a time of potentially imminent foreign aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Antoine Barnes, 821st Contingency Response Squadron fire team member, marshals a C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, April 27, 2021, on the flight line at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. Barnes participated in exercise Rainier War, testing his abilities to employ air combat capabilities during a time of potentially imminent foreign aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad)

An F-35 Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, flies over the flight line at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, April 28, 2021. The F-35 participated in exercise Rainier War, testing its abilities to employ air combat capabilities during a time of potentially imminent foreign aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad)

An F-35 Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, flies over the flight line at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, April 28, 2021. The F-35 participated in exercise Rainier War, testing its abilities to employ air combat capabilities during a time of potentially imminent foreign aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad)

Master Sgt. Dave Pimentel, right, and Tech. Sgt. Joshua Minoda, both 821st Contingency Response Squadron maintenance flights chiefs, discuss marshaling procedures April 27, 2021, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Both Pimentel and Minoda participated in exercise Rainier War, testing their ability to employ air combat capabilities during a time of potentially imminent foreign aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Dave Pimentel, right, and Tech. Sgt. Joshua Minoda, both 821st Contingency Response Squadron maintenance flights chiefs, discuss marshaling procedures April 27, 2021, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Both Pimentel and Minoda participated in exercise Rainier War, testing their ability to employ air combat capabilities during a time of potentially imminent foreign aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad)

Two C-17 Globemaster IIIs from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, right, and Travis AFB, California, are parked on the flight line at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, April 26, 2021. The two C-17s participated in exercise Rainier War, testing their abilities to employ air combat capabilities during a time of potentially imminent foreign aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad)

Two C-17 Globemaster IIIs from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, right, and Travis AFB, California, are parked on the flight line at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 26, 2021. The two C-17s participated in exercise Rainier War, testing their abilities to employ air combat capabilities during a time of potentially imminent foreign aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad)

Senior Airman Antoine Barnes, 821st Contingency Response Squadron fire team member, marshals a C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, April 27, 2021, on the flight line at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. Barnes participated in exercise Rainier War, testing his abilities to employ air combat capabilities during a time of potentially imminent foreign aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Antoine Barnes, 821st Contingency Response Squadron fire team member, marshals a C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, April 27, 2021, on the flight line at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Barnes participated in exercise Rainier War, testing his abilities to employ air combat capabilities during a time of potentially imminent foreign aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad)

Airmen from the 821st Contingency Response Squadron go through marshalling and parking procedures for a C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 27, 2021. The 821st CRS’ ability to rapidly deploy multi-capable Airmen to where they’re needed most was tested throughout exercise Rainier War. The exercise was a multiple-day gauntlet meant to test various units’ capabilities in employing air combat capabilities during a time of potentially imminent foreign aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad)

Airmen from the 821st Contingency Response Squadron go through marshalling and parking procedures for a C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 27, 2021. The 821st CRS’ ability to rapidly deploy multi-capable Airmen to where they’re needed most was tested throughout exercise Rainier War. The exercise was a multiple-day gauntlet meant to test various units’ capabilities in employing air combat capabilities during a time of potentially imminent foreign aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad)

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Minoda, 821st Contingency Response Squadron maintenance flight chief, communicates with accessory units via radio April 27, 2021, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Minoda participated in exercise Rainier War, testing his ability to employ air combat capabilities during a time of potentially imminent foreign aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joshua Minoda, 821st Contingency Response Squadron maintenance flight chief, communicates with accessory units via radio April 27, 2021, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Minoda participated in exercise Rainier War, testing his ability to employ air combat capabilities during a time of potentially imminent foreign aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad)

An Airman boards a C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, on the flight line at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 27, 2021. The C-17 played a prominent role in exercise Rainier War by ensuring prompt distribution of both defensive and offensive capabilities to simulated areas during the training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad)

An Airman boards a C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, on the flight line at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 27, 2021. The C-17 played a prominent role in exercise Rainier War by ensuring prompt distribution of both defensive and offensive capabilities to simulated areas during the training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Airmen from the 821st Contingency Response Group demonstrated agile combat employment capabilities while working with Mobility and Combat Air Forces, during Exercise Rainier War, April 26-30 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.


Rainier War brings together multiple units from across Air Mobility Command and Air Combat Command to test ACE capabilities in a simulated contested and operationally limiting environment.


The ACE concept aims to develop Airmen who are proficient in disciplines outside of their normal day-to-day duties. Exercises like this contribute to the evolution of a force of multi-capable Airmen and aircrew, improving mission readiness and increasing capabilities in less than optimal environments.


During the exercise, the Contingency Response Team tested its ability to rapidly deploy multi=capable Airmen to provide the command and control and port capabilities needed to get the Mobility and Combat Air Forces support equipment on the ground.


“Agile combat employment is essentially what the CR is as a whole. We have multi-capable Airmen, I’d say that’s our bread and butter,” said Tech. Sgt. Richard Meyer, 821st Contingency Response Support Squadron CRT chief.


“We need people that work radios to hop on a forklift and go help load an aircraft. Just because their job specialty says communications specialist, it doesn’t mean they can’t go do something like that,” Meyer added. “We have already been operating as agile combat employment – this is our job, we are a jack of all trades kind of thing.”


As part of this ACE event, the C-17 Globemaster aircrews from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, completed a wet-wing defuel, which consisted of off-loadng fuel from the C-17 onto a fuel truck, enabling the crews to rapidly deliver fuel to the fighter aircraft in the simulated austere environment. The implementation of this ACE concept allowed aircraft to rearm and refuel to get back into the fight quickly and efficiently.


“The goal of this exercise is to fly in to a location, setup up shop with C2 capabilities and a small port footprint. Shortly after, the fighter squadron will come in and we get them all setup,” said Tech. Sgt. Mehalic Blair, 821st Contingency Response Squadron CRT chief instructor. “It’s a short period of time, a week or less, we are in and we are out, with the smallest footprint as possible.”


This exercise also served as an initial test of the CRT’s operations since the start of COVID-19.


“It is a chance for us to see if we have any weakness and work on our training deficiencies,” Blair said. “It also allows us to perform what we practice. We go through a lot of training, and this gives us the opportunity to exercise our capabilities.”