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Liberty Wing members participate in Patriot Sands exercise

Posted 3/3/2013   Updated 3/3/2013 Email story   Print story


by Tech. Sgt. Andria J. Allmond
512th AW Public Affairs

3/3/2013 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del.  -- Approximately 32 Airmen from the 512th Airlift Wing participated in Operation Patriot Sands, a training mission simulating a national contingency event, took place Feb. 21-23 at Homestead Air Reserve Base and MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

Liberty Wing reservists worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to test the agencies' competence in deploying on military aircraft. Additionally, the service members practiced their ability to assert command, control and communication in a deployed environment.

The 512th ALCF joined with the aerial port squadron and 712th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to form the Team Dover division who then worked with Airmen from Westover ARB, Mass.; Charleston AFB, S.C.; and Joint Base San Antonio, Kelly Annex, Texas during the training mission.

"We do this type of training mission yearly," said Senior Master Sgt. Sean Pyne, 512th Airlift Control Flight member and contingency response team chief. "Executing something like Patriot Sands requires meticulous coordination and capability from all of those involved."

While the mission was not without challenge, it was seen as a success by the exercise mission planner.

"It was impressive how aerial porters, maintenance personnel, ALCF members, FBI, FEMA and host base support agencies all came together so quickly when the mission execution started," said Lt Col. Wesley Pangle, 512th ALCF director of operations and Patriot Sands mission planner.

By the end of the three-day exercise, the combined team of Airmen and federal employees generated 12 airlift missions, moved nearly 200 passengers and airlifted 1,560 tons of cargo.

"Many lessons were learned," said Pangle. "It was even more impressive how quickly those lessons were applied. This was an excellent training exercise for our unit and definitely prepares us to do our mission when called upon."

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