Combat Airlifters prepare for Mobility Guardian '17

Aerial porters from the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron load cargo onto a C-17 Globemaster July 23, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. More than 100 Team Little Rock members will lead, coordinate and execute maintenance operations during Mobility Guardian 2017. The exercise will test each of Air Mobility Command’s core competencies including airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Harry Brexel)

Aerial porters from the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron load cargo onto a C-17 Globemaster July 23, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. More than 100 Team Little Rock members will lead, coordinate and execute maintenance operations during Mobility Guardian 2017. The exercise will test each of Air Mobility Command’s core competencies including airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Harry Brexel)

Aerial porters from the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron load cargo onto a C-17 Globemaster from Joint Base Charleston, S.C. July 23, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Little Rock Airmen plan to join more than 3,000 Air Force and joint service members, alongside 25 international partners, to train together during Mobility Guardian 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Harry Brexel)

Aerial porters from the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron load cargo onto a C-17 Globemaster from Joint Base Charleston, S.C. July 23, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Little Rock Airmen plan to join more than 3,000 Air Force and joint service members, alongside 25 international partners, to train together during Mobility Guardian 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Harry Brexel)

Team Little Rock members refuel a C-130J from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 20, 2017, on the flightline at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The aircraft was one of two C-130Js sent from Dyess AFB in preparation for Mobility Guardian, the most realistic, real-world scenario-driven exercise that Air Mobility Command has ever conducted. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols)

Team Little Rock members refuel a C-130J from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 20, 2017, on the flightline at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The aircraft was one of two C-130Js sent from Dyess AFB in preparation for Mobility Guardian, the most realistic, real-world scenario-driven exercise that Air Mobility Command has ever conducted. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols)

Senior Airman Troy Iversen, 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron aerial delivery rigger, secures baggage cargo onto a pallet July 20, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. More than 3,000 Air Mobility Command Airmen will travel to Washington in order to participate in Mobility Guardian 2017, a massive exercise testing airlift and airdrop capabilities alongside 25 international partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Harry Brexel)

Senior Airman Troy Iversen, 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron aerial delivery rigger, secures baggage cargo onto a pallet July 20, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. More than 3,000 Air Mobility Command Airmen will travel to Washington in order to participate in Mobility Guardian 2017, a massive exercise testing airlift and airdrop capabilities alongside 25 international partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Harry Brexel)

Team Little Rock Airmen out-process in preparation for Mobility Guardian July 20, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Mobility Guardian 2017 is Air Mobility Command’s largest and most realistic, scenario-driven exercise. More than 20 nations will participate as combat airlifters perform airdrops, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuations and more.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Harry Brexel)

Team Little Rock Airmen out-process in preparation for Mobility Guardian July 20, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Mobility Guardian 2017 is Air Mobility Command’s largest and most realistic, scenario-driven exercise. More than 20 nations will participate as combat airlifters perform airdrops, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuations and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Harry Brexel)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark.  -- The Air Mobility Command’s largest exercise is set to kick off July 28, 2017 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Team Little Rock Airmen from a variety of career fields are set to participate and maintainers from the 19th Maintenance Group here will lead the charge from the ground to ensure aircrews take flight.

According to AMC, Mobility Guardian 2017 will be the most realistic, real-world, scenario-driven exercise ever conducted.

Approximately 25 nations will participate in the two-week event as service members perform tasks often seen in deployed environments such as airdropping paratroopers and supplies, setting up remote airfields, accomplishing aeromedical evacuation missions and conducting aerial refueling.

Dozens of LRAFB Airmen have been working together and planning for the event for several months.

This exercise encompasses everyone,” said Lt. Col. Bret Echard, 41st Airlift Squadron commander. “The 314th Airlift Wing is sending one of their aircraft, the Reserves [913th Airlift Group
are sending a crew and we have been training with the Guard [189th Airlift Wing] to prepare flying with other C-130H models.

The people, planes and cargo supplied by LRAFB will ensure aircraft are operational, improve interoperability with joint and allied partners and allow Airmen to train like they fight.

However, mission success would not be possible without the assistance of maintenance Airmen working around-the-clock.

The 19th MXG is tasked with leading the coordination and execution of maintenance operations during Mobility Guardian 2017.

“Our unit can be tasked to deploy at any time,” said Eugene Shelton, 19th MXG unit deployment manager. “So this is an outstanding training opportunity for us as well as other supporting units across base.”

A C-5 Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster and 10 C-130Js will be loaded by Team Little Rock Airmen with more than 100 troops and thousands of pounds of cargo, consisting of supplies and aircraft parts.

A loadmaster from the 15th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. loads cargo onto a C-17 July 23, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Eight Little Rock C-130Js will travel alongside the C-17 aircrew to participate in Mobility Guardian 2017, a massive joint exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Harry Brexel)
A loadmaster from the 15th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. loads cargo onto a C-17 July 23, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Eight Little Rock C-130Js will travel alongside the C-17 aircrew to participate in Mobility Guardian 2017, a massive joint exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Harry Brexel)
A loadmaster from the 15th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. loads cargo onto a C-17 July 23, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Eight Little Rock C-130Js will travel alongside the C-17 aircrew to participate in Mobility Guardian 2017, a massive joint exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Harry Brexel) Mobility Guardian 2017
A loadmaster from the 15th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. loads cargo onto a C-17 July 23, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Eight Little Rock C-130Js will travel alongside the C-17 aircrew to participate in Mobility Guardian 2017, a massive joint exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Harry Brexel)

“It’s been about four years since we’ve moved this much cargo at once,” Shelton said. 

It’s estimated that around 100 sorties will fly out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord each day during the exercise.

When maintenance issues do arise, Little Rock’s Combat Airlifters will be the ones on the front lines. Airmen from the 19th MXG will certify that every aircraft component is maintained to the most precise standards.

Without them, pilots would be unable to fly safely and effectively in order to accomplish the mission.

Mobility Guardian 2017 will provide Team Little Rock Airmen with an unparalleled opportunity to put all of AMC’s capabilities to the test. The event creates a unique forum to share tactics, techniques and processes essential to maintaining readiness and sustainment in coalition campaigns around the globe.