CANADIAN FORCES BASE GOOSE BAY, N.L., Canada -- --
Fairchild Air Force Base KC-135 Stratotanker aircrews participated in the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Arctic air defense exercise, Amalgam Dart 21-01, here, June 12-19, 2021.
The exercise featured a variety of military aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force and U.S. Air Force, operating out of northern locations, including Alaska, Canada and Greenland.
Throughout the exercise, Fairchild crews built joint partnerships with the Royal Canadian Air Force and non-local U.S. Air Force partners to hone continental defense skills throughout the Arctic.
“This exercise was practice to demonstrate our ability to work with our northern allies to secure NORAD defense,” said Capt. David Taucher, 384th Air Refueling Squadron pilot. “It also facilitates good relationship building for the future.”
The defense of Canada and the U.S. is NORAD's number one priority. Exercise Amalgam Dart gave Fairchild crews a chance to train for that crucial mission in a location that offered challenges they may not experience at home station.
“As challenges presented themselves, our crew was able to demonstrate our ability to overcome and adapt to any issue to successfully accomplish the mission while in a foreign country with limited support,” Taucher said.
Expanding and strengthening trusted partnerships remains a key focus of NORAD and leveraging Team Fairchild’s air refueling capabilities helps develop interoperability between the two nations.
“Being able to provide air refueling support and enable mission readiness is important during exercises like this one,” said Capt. Joe Knutson, 384th ARS pilot and aircraft commander for the KC-135 during the exercise. “Constant training, whether it’s Amalgam Dart or otherwise, keeps us ready for whatever the future may hold.”
Participating in exercises like these allow Airmen to learn and train crucial skills by preparing them to defend and protect North American airspace.