RAAF in Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019


By Flying Officer Clarice Hurren

20 September 2019

In the valley between the mammoth volcano Mount Rainier and snow-capped Mount Adams, personnel from 383 Contingency Response Squadron (383CRS) were flown into Selah Airstrip at Yakima Training Center as part of Exercise Mobility Guardian.

The team, made up of airfield engineers, medical and movements personnel, demonstrated the ability to plan and execute support to multinational forward operating bases and landing zones in the United States’ Pacific North-west.

Wing Commander Alan Brown, 383CRS Commanding Officer, said the exercise was also testing Air Force’s ability to execute an aeromedical evacuation in a coalition operation.

“This exercise is testing interoperability agreements and providing opportunities to take the lead on combined airfield operations, including securing, assessing, surveying, defending and handing over,” Wing Commander Brown said.

Wing Commander George Hodgson, the combat support group capability manager, said the exercise gave unique opportunities to learn and train with international partners in the air and on the ground.

“It has allowed us to observe and discuss the benefits of different ground equipment that is operated at a main operating base and also in an expeditionary setting,” Wing Commander Hodgson said.

“We have been able to understand the interoperability issues and come up with solutions to recognise our abilities and what each nation can bring to the fight.”