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Moving Forces during Mobility Guardian 23

  • Published
  • By Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • 168th Wing

During Air Mobility Command’s largest exercise with Allies and partners, the 168th Wing delivered air refueling. Service members from multiple countries conducted several combat tasks, including coalition airdrops, aeromedical evacuations, airlift, and air refueling. Mobility Guardian 23 set the stage for mobilization training as one of the most extensive readiness exercises.

“Mobility Guardian 23 capitalizes on joint capabilities in support of the National Defense Strategy and ensures readiness is the forefront of our mission,” said Lt. Col. Adam Staubach, 168th Wing KC-135 pilot. 

More than 15,000 U.S. and international global forces conducted simultaneous exercises across the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility to enhance readiness and interoperability. The large-scale mobility exercise included Australia, Canada, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and New Zealand.

“Working together with our allies and partners allows us to intertwine our operations with ease,” said Staff Sgt. Ty Winterton, 168th Wing aircrew boom operator. “Exercises such as Mobility Guardian prepare us as we hone and sharpen our individual skills and combine our efforts.”

MG23 rapidly deployed units sustaining high-tempo operations, executing a collective ability to support a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Extending the reach of aerial refueling supplied air power across the vast region of the Pacific theater and austere locations. Longer air refueling sorties for air crews bolstered military capabilities.

As challenges in the Indo-Pacific region persist, the U.S. remains steadfast in ensuring security and stability throughout the region.