Three C-130s and more than 70 airmen from the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota AB, Japan, are participating in Cope West 11, a bilateral airlift exercise that began Monday at Halim Air Base, near Jakarta, Indonesia. Operating jointly with Indonesian airmen and a single Indonesian air force C-130, the two nations’ personnel “will share tactics, techniques, and procedures of air mobility operations and, by the end of the week, be collectively better, more capable, air forces,” stated Lt. Gen. Stanley Kresge, 13th Air Force commander. Working side by side, aircrews, ground crews, and support personnel will focus on cooperating in a contingency environment. “We have a full week of classroom exchanges, field demonstrations, and flight operations lined up to give these airmen the chance to link up and exchange ideas,” highlighted Lt. Col. Peter Kelley, 374th AW Cope West detachment commander. (Halim report by Capt. Raymond Geoffroy)
The Air Force will begin its 71st annual Operation Christmas Drop on Dec. 4. The weeklong exercise is a yearly tradition that delivers supplies such as food, fishing equipment, school books, and clothes to remote islands in the Pacific. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian mission.