USAFE press release
By Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs
NEVATIM AIR BASE, Israel — Two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft along with approximately 80 Total Force Airmen attached to the 86th Airlift Wing, 37th Airlift Squadron from Ramstein Air Base, Germany deployed to Israel in support of exercise Juniper Falcon from May 7- 18.
These training sorties, which focused on bi-lateral air interoperability and joint service integration through low level flying, assault landing, and airdrop of cargo and personnel from the U.S. and host nation forces, gave the 37th “Blue Tail Flies” pilots the chance to take part in flights unique to the region. The training also allowed them to become more familiar with the airspace and region that their Israeli partners are charged to defend.
“The biggest takeaway for us is the unique exchange of air tactics, drop zone and landing zone operations and maintenance procedures between our two militaries,” said Capt. Wesley Dembek, 37th Airlift Squadron deputy of operations. “This is also a great opportunity for us to train in an austere environment that challenges us to adapt and become more familiar with the region.”
Juniper Falcon represents the combination of several bi-lateral component exercises that have been executed annually since 2011. These exercises were combined to increase joint training opportunities and capitalize on transportation and cost efficiencies gained by aggregating forces.
Juniper Falcon is one of many exercises completed between U.S. European Command and the IDF.