Air Force

March 8, 2013

RED HORSE takes part in JOAX 2013

Tags:
Senior Airman Daniel Hughes
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Army Soldiers from the 1st 321st Airborne Artillery Regiment from Fort Bragg, N.C., jump out of a C-17 Globemaster from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., over Sicily Air Field during a 1,700 parachute Joint Operational Access Exercise Feb. 25 at Fort Bragg, N.C. Soldiers participating in the exercise simulate the seizure of an airfield.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The 820th RED HORSE’s Airborne Flight joined the 27th Engineer Brigade in a Joint Operational Access Exercise to train in how to perform mass air drops and runway repair at Fort Bragg, N.C.

The exercise had some soggy weather to contend with, but the weather didn’t hold back the airborne jumpers.

“Our airborne Airmen were able to jump with 60 Soldiers from the 161st Engineer Support Company combat airborne as well as a Large Airfield Repair Package,” said 1st Lt. Joseph Miller, 820th RED HORSE project engineer, “We then joined up and continued on an airfield contingency exercise where we showcased our engineering capabilities. It’s something the Army isn’t used to seeing, and it was great we were able to introduce them to a different way of rapid runway repair.”

This isn’t the first time the U.S. Army and the 820th RED HORSE have worked together in joint training.

“The traditional role of RED HORSE has been to support the Army in addition to the Air Force in a deployed environment,” Miller said, “We work hard in exercises like JOAX to keep RED HORSE’s good name so people know when they see the red hats that help is on the way.”

RED HORSE Airmen got first-hand experience watching and assisting the Army preform a mass air drop over the drop zones of Fort Bragg.

“It was a great experience to see how the Army does its mass airborne exercise operations,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Keller structures craftsman, “I think it was a mutual experience; we both introduced some new ideas to one another.”

With RED HORSE’s participation JOAX complete, talks of future joint exercises have already begun.

“We are trying to join the 820th RED HORSE in future exercises at Nellis and in other JOAXs,” said Maj. Andrew Baker, 27th Engineer Brigade. “There was never a doubt of the 820th RED HORSE Airmen’s qualifications, and they proved us right, we look forward to future joint exercises with them.”

Weather didn’t let the 820th RED HORSE fully showcase their capabilities, but their knowledge left a lasting impression on the 27th Engineer Brigade.

“After working with RED HORSE, we would like to start sending our Soldiers to some Air Force training schools,” Baker said. “I was very impressed with the professionalism, knowledge and work ethic of the RED HORSE Airmen.”

Even though there was unexpected weather and schedule changes the Airmen were flexible and finished strong during the two week JOAX.

“We had 14 of our guys complete a successful jump and our heavy equipment operators have done a great job with the side jobs the Army has asked them to do,” Miller said. “Being put on weather holds, the Airmen of the 820th RED HORSE kept a positive attitude and did a great job.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz

31st TES F-35s take on Green Flag 15-08

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz Tactical air control party members from the 7th Air Support Operations Squadron, Fort Bliss, Texas, monitor radios from a defensive fighting position while AH-64D Apache he...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Susan Garcia

USAF Weapons School JTAC graduates to receive hallowed patches

U.S. Air Force photo by Susan Garcia Master Sgt. Jared Pietras, left, U.S. Air Force Weapons School Joint Terminal Attack Controller Advanced Instructor Course instructor, and Tech. Sgt. James Larsen, JTAC AIC student, pass tar...
 
 

Leaders: Good, bad, forgotten

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It’s been my Air Force experience there are three categories of leaders — the good, bad, and the forgotten.Everyone reading this probably thinks they’re in the first category, but we know that’s not the case. Airmen who work for you certainly wish that were true, but not every leader’s...
 

 

Are you ready to transition out of your uniform?

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Leaving the military is not as simple as staying home the day after your service commitment is up. Almost 23 years ago, after a summer vacation that lasted less than 48 hours, I showed up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with about 1,000 of my new closest friends. Fast forward...
 
 
561st-Patch

561st JTS enhances warfighter TTPs

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Nellis AFB is home to many groups and squadrons with important mission capabilities that make the U.S. Air Force the most flexible and capable force possible. The 561st Joint tactics Squadron is ...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Carter

Airman’s Attic provides free items, goods

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Carter Patrons at the Airman’s Attic look through the store’s inventory on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., June 18. The Airman’s Attic is a volunteer-based organization where Air...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>