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621st CRG, 688th RPOE demonstrate JTF-PO capabilities during TD 21-2

U.S Air Force Master Sgt. James Gragg, 321st Contingency Response Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of weather, sets up weather observation equipment March 25, 2021, during Exercise Turbo Distribution 21-2 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Turbo Distribution is a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation field training exercise that was held March 24-31. Participating units included the 621st Contingency Response Group stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, and the U.S. Army 688th Rapid Port Opening Element stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

U.S Air Force Master Sgt. James Gragg, 321st Contingency Response Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of weather, sets up weather observation equipment March 25, 2021, during Exercise Turbo Distribution 21-2 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Turbo Distribution is a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation field training exercise that was held March 24-31. Participating units included the 621st Contingency Response Group stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, and the U.S. Army 688th Rapid Port Opening Element stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

Aerial porters from the 321st Contingency Response Squadron process pallets of simulated relief supplies March 26, 2021, during Exercise Turbo Distribution 21-2 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Turbo Distribution is a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation field training exercise that was held March 24-31. Participating units included the 621st Contingency Response Group stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, and the U.S. Army 688th Rapid Port Opening Element stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

Aerial porters from the 321st Contingency Response Squadron process pallets of simulated relief supplies March 26, 2021, during Exercise Turbo Distribution 21-2 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Turbo Distribution is a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation field training exercise that was held March 24-31. Participating units included the 621st Contingency Response Group stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, and the U.S. Army 688th Rapid Port Opening Element stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joshua Fuleki, 321st Contingency Response Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of the air terminal operations center, updates aircraft arrival times March 26, 2021, during Exercise Turbo Distribution 21-2 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. For Exercise Turbo Distribution, the U.S. Transportation Command established a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation capability to respond to a simulated humanitarian aid and disaster relief request from the fictional country of Bengalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joshua Fuleki, 321st Contingency Response Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of the air terminal operations center, updates aircraft arrival times March 26, 2021, during Exercise Turbo Distribution 21-2 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. For Exercise Turbo Distribution, the U.S. Transportation Command established a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation capability to respond to a simulated humanitarian aid and disaster relief request from the fictional country of Bengalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Joshua Atkinson, 321st Contingency Response Squadron maintenance flight chief, marshals in a simulated C-130 Hercules aircraft March 27, 2021, at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. For Exercise Turbo Distribution, the U.S. Transportation Command established a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation capability to respond to a simulated humanitarian aid and disaster relief request from the fictional country of Bengalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Joshua Atkinson, 321st Contingency Response Squadron maintenance flight chief, marshals in a simulated C-130 Hercules aircraft March 27, 2021, at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. For Exercise Turbo Distribution, the U.S. Transportation Command established a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation capability to respond to a simulated humanitarian aid and disaster relief request from the fictional country of Bengalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Chance Aycock, 321st Contingency Response Squadron defense force commander, prepares to depart the passenger terminal March 24, 2021, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. For Exercise Turbo Distribution, the U.S. Transportation Command established a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation capability to respond to a simulated humanitarian aid and disaster relief request from the fictional country of Bengalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Chance Aycock, 321st Contingency Response Squadron defense force commander, prepares to depart the passenger terminal March 24, 2021, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. For Exercise Turbo Distribution, the U.S. Transportation Command established a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation capability to respond to a simulated humanitarian aid and disaster relief request from the fictional country of Bengalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

Trucks carrying pallets of simulated relief supplies depart for the forward operating base March, 26, 2021, during Exercise Turbo Distribution 21-2 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. For Exercise Turbo Distribution, the U.S. Transportation Command established a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation capability to respond to a simulated humanitarian aid and disaster relief request from the fictional country of Bengalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

Trucks carrying pallets of simulated relief supplies depart for the forward operating base March, 26, 2021, during Exercise Turbo Distribution 21-2 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. For Exercise Turbo Distribution, the U.S. Transportation Command established a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation capability to respond to a simulated humanitarian aid and disaster relief request from the fictional country of Bengalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

U.S. Space Force Staff Sgt. Kevin Lynch, 321st Contingency Response Squadron mobile command, control, communications and computer technician, acquires a satellite signal March 25, 2021, during Exercise Turbo Distribution 21-2 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Turbo Distribution is a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation field training exercise that was held March 24-31. Participating units included the 621st Contingency Response Group stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, and the U.S. Army 688th Rapid Port Opening Element stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

U.S. Space Force Sgt. Kevin Lynch, 321st Contingency Response Squadron mobile command, control, communications and computer technician, acquires a satellite signal March 25, 2021, during Exercise Turbo Distribution 21-2 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Turbo Distribution is a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation field training exercise that was held March 24-31. Participating units included the 621st Contingency Response Group stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, and the U.S. Army 688th Rapid Port Opening Element stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

U.S. Army Spc. Xavier McCain, 688th Rapid Port Opening Element transportation management coordinator, overlooks simulated relief supplies March 29, 2021, at the forward operating node during Exercise Turbo Distribution 21-2 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Turbo Distribution is a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation field training exercise that was held March 24-31. Participating units included the 621st Contingency Response Group stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, and the U.S. Army 688th Rapid Port Opening Element stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

U.S. Army Spc. Xavier McCain, 688th Rapid Port Opening Element transportation management coordinator, overlooks simulated relief supplies March 29, 2021, at the forward operating node during Exercise Turbo Distribution 21-2 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Turbo Distribution is a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation field training exercise that was held March 24-31. Participating units included the 621st Contingency Response Group stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, and the U.S. Army 688th Rapid Port Opening Element stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

Observers, in orange vests, talk with exercise participants March 25, 2021, during Exercise Turbo Distribution 21-2 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Turbo Distribution is a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation field training exercise that was held March 24-31. Participating units included the 621st Contingency Response Group stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, and the U.S. Army 688th Rapid Port Opening Element stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

Observers, in orange vests, talk with exercise participants March 25, 2021, during Exercise Turbo Distribution 21-2 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Turbo Distribution is a joint task force port opening aerial port of debarkation field training exercise that was held March 24-31. Participating units included the 621st Contingency Response Group stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, and the U.S. Army 688th Rapid Port Opening Element stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell)

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. --

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- Airmen from the 621st Contingency Response Group alongside Soldiers from the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, executed Exercise Turbo Distribution 21-2 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, March 24-31.

Turbo Distribution is a U.S. Transportation Command directed exercise to evaluate joint task force port opening capabilities and readiness.

"JTF-PO represents an on-call first response capability for the USTRANSCOM commander to open an aerial port of debarkation anywhere in the world,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Daniel Mollis, 621st CRG deputy commander. “Exercise Turbo Distribution is our means to access training and ensure readiness for this vital national security mission.”

For TD 21-2, USTRANSCOM established a JTF-PO aerial port of debarkation in response to a humanitarian aid and disaster relief request from the fictional nation of Bengalia after a severe earthquake.

Throughout the scenario, CRG forces processed simulated relief supplies to support Bengalians in need at different locations. The cargo was received and processed at the port and loaded on U.S. Army transport vehicles for distribution to a forward node.

Exercise evaluators, or white cell, assessed the JTF’s ability to operate through various scenarios that could affect operations during a real-world contingency.

"There were several injects that shut down strategic or key portions of our logistic nodes," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Mark Berthelotte, 321st Contingency Response Squadron commander. "Our combined joint team determined different routes for the cargo and planes to travel to continue receiving aid during contested operations."

Also, members of the 321st Contingency Response Squadron participating in the exercise demonstrated the readiness to take over the upcoming alert cycle, completed several upgrade certifications, and evaluated a new Universal Tent System.

“The exercise provided a great opportunity to accelerate change through experimentation with new equipment and command relationships,” Mollis said. “Through experimentation, we ensure that the JTF-PO force is ready for both today and tomorrow’s mission.”

The 621st CRG deploys to austere locations as an autonomous unit capable of conducting operations until follow-on forces can be established. Airmen deploy as elements or teams consisting of mission-capable Airmen from several Air Force Specialty Codes to include maintenance, aerial port, communication, weather, emergency management, public affairs, and command and control.

Ultimately, the 621st CRG wants U.S. leadership and partner nations to know it is prepared for joint operations in contested environments.

"The CRG and RPOE both proved why this mission is important," said U.S. Army Maj. Eric Ahlu, 688th RPOE commander. "We can get in rapidly and deliver the supplies with the throughput that is required if a disaster were to occur, we can support the people of any nation. The CRG and us have learned how to work together and get synergy, and I am looking forward to training with them in the future."