Guard, active duty work together

From Utah to Romania, cooperation is key


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A combined Alaska Air National Guard and JBER active-duty aircrew provided a team of JBER reservists airlift support to Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Friday, Aug. 3.

Members from the 249th and 517th Airlift squadrons transported equipment and personnel for the 477th Fighter Group. The Reserve team is headed to Hill AFB to participate in the upcoming Combat Hammer exercise.

“It’s really convenient here because we have transport aircraft that can support us and we don’t have to look elsewhere to find ways to move our people and gear,” said Tech. Sgt. Dana Rosso, a reservist with the 477th FG. “We can gather our maintenance package in the same place we catch our flight.”

The next step in the mission for the Total Force Excellence Crew, which refers to the combination of Active and Guard flight crews, is in Alabama.

The TFE crew will pick up members from the Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th Fighter Wing. Those Guardsmen will then be flown to Romania to participate in Dacian Thunder.

Dacian Thunder is a month long joint and coalition exercise designed to strengthen techniques, tactics, procedures and capabilities.

The Guard and active-duty Airmen here at JBER continue to see their own relationships strengthened by working together.

“Being able to fly alongside the Guard members provides a great opportunity to learn the way that they do business,” said Capt. Brian Yeargan, a C-17 pilot with the 517th AS, and native of Eagle River.

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