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AMC increases global reach, power during TRANSCOM exercise

AMC increases global reach, power during TRANSCOM exercise

Air Mobility Command Airmen participated in U.S. Transportation Command’s annual Exercise Turbo Challenge here Jan. 23-30. More than 2,200 personnel participated in a TRANSCOM-led exercise scenario where Airmen exercised their ability to respond decisively on a global scale when diplomatic efforts fail. Participants trained in combatant command coordination, command and control, and capabilities and functions integration. (Courtesy photo)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Air Mobility Command Airmen participated in U.S. Transportation Command’s annual Exercise Turbo Challenge here Jan. 23-30.

More than 2,200 personnel participated in a TRANSCOM-led exercise scenario where Airmen exercised their ability to respond decisively on a global scale when diplomatic efforts fail. Participants trained in combatant command coordination, command and control, and capabilities and functions integration.

“In the future, the joint force must be capable of successfully conducting strategic logistics under persistent all-domain attack, which will require the integration of the Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise operations with the full range of joint warfighting functions,” said Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, USTRANSCOM commander.

During the week-long exercise, Airmen were faced with scenarios designed to ready forces, validate strategic access, measure mobility capacity, and prepare staff and components to integrate operations worldwide. 

Turbo Challenge provided participants the ability to convey readiness and lethality of the joint-command’s forces, which is a critical factor in deterrence.  

“AMC’s role in the exercise provided the Air Force Forces staff the opportunity to exercise the Crisis Battle Staff and the Operational Planning Group, utilizing the Joint Planning Process while simultaneously working with TRANSCOM, INDOPACOM, EUCOM and STRATCOM,” said Col. Joseph Vanoni, AMC Chief of Crisis Plans and Operations. 

Within those scenarios, Airmen assessed their flexibility to quickly mobilize platforms to move troops, equipment, and critical sustainment within established global transportation networks, like the Civil Reserve Air Fleet, and emergency preparedness programs.

“As the air component to TRANSCOM, it benefits the staff from the functional to the commander, to plan and execute a globally integrated operation in the event of future real-world operations,” said Col. Vanoni.

AMC is committed and ready to support combatant commanders and international partners in maintaining regional stability.