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37th AS arrives in Romania

U.S. Air Force Capt. Bryant Bailey, 37th Airlift Squadron pilot, flies a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft over Romania with Lt. Col. Alex Miller, 37th AS director of operations, Aug. 21, 2018. Bailey and Miller flew low-level routes as part of exercise Carpathian Summer 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Bryant Bailey, 37th Airlift Squadron pilot, flies a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft over Romania with Lt. Col. Alex Miller, 37th AS director of operations, Aug. 21, 2018. Bailey and Miller flew low-level routes as part of exercise Carpathian Summer 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Bryant Bailey, 37th Airlift Squadron pilot, and Lt. Col. Alex Miller, 37th AS director of operations, fly a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft over Romania as Romanian air force Lt. Cmdr. Nicoleta Udrescu, Air Base 90 Otopeni pilot, watches during exercise Carpathian Summer 2018, Aug. 21, 2018. The purpose of the bilateral training exercise is to enhance interoperability and readiness by conducting combined air operations with the Romanian air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Bryant Bailey, 37th Airlift Squadron pilot, and Lt. Col. Alex Miller, 37th AS director of operations, fly a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft over Romania as Romanian air force Lt. Cmdr. Nicoleta Udrescu, Air Base 90 Otopeni pilot, watches during exercise Carpathian Summer 2018, Aug. 21, 2018. The purpose of the bilateral training exercise is to enhance interoperability and readiness by conducting combined air operations with the Romanian air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer)

A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, casts a shadow as it flies over farmland in Romania during exercise Carpathian Summer 2018, Aug. 21, 2018. The 37th AS Airmen simulated a cargo drop to practice for the following day’s actual airdrop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer)

A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, casts a shadow as it flies over farmland in Romania during exercise Carpathian Summer 2018, Aug. 21, 2018. The 37th AS Airmen simulated a cargo drop to practice for the following day’s actual airdrop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Fry, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, sits on the ramp of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft as it flies over Romania during exercise Carpathian Summer 2018, Aug. 21, 2018. Carpathian Summer is a bilateral training exercise designed to enhance interoperability and readiness by conducting combined air operations with the Romanian air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Fry, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, sits on the ramp of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft as it flies over Romania during exercise Carpathian Summer 2018, Aug. 21, 2018. Carpathian Summer is a bilateral training exercise designed to enhance interoperability and readiness by conducting combined air operations with the Romanian air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, walks down the wing of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, during a pre-flight inspection at Otopeni Air Base, Romania, Aug. 21, 2018. The C-130Js were flown over Romania as part of Carpathian Summer 2018, an annual exercise between the U.S. Air Force and Romanian air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, walks down the wing of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, during a pre-flight inspection at Otopeni Air Base, Romania, Aug. 21, 2018. The C-130Js were flown over Romania as part of Carpathian Summer 2018, an annual exercise between the U.S. Air Force and Romanian air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer)

OTOPENI AIR BASE, Romania --

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, kicked off exercise Carpathian Summer 2018 on Otopeni Air Base, Romania.



The purpose of the bilateral training exercise is to enhance interoperability and readiness of forces by conducting combined air operations with the Romanian air force.



“We’re here working with our allies, the Romanian air force and the Romanian army,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Andy Forsyth, 37th AS pilot and Carpathian Summer 2018 mission commander. “The purpose of Carpathian Summer is to build on the partnership that we’ve had going for five years now and to keep that partnership going.”



37th AS aircrew plan to perform various training exercises during the event including mass container delivery system airdrops, personnel airdrops, and Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape scenarios. An added benefit of the exercise is the ability to utilize the Romanian airspace to perform low level flying.



“The low-level flying we can conduct in the country is great training for us,” said Forsyth. “It’s training we don’t get to do at home station.”



Each year, the team changes the scenarios up to keep the training fresh.



“If you do the same training over and over again, you’re not really proficient, you’re just doing things that you’ve memorized,” he said. “ By changing what we do every time we come out, we get better.”



According to Forsyth, Carpathian Summer has brought allied forces together in the past and continues to strengthen relationships today.



“I would like to thank the Romanian air force for hosting us here at Otopeni,” added Forsyth. “It’s been great working together in the preparation and planning of this exercise so far and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish in the coming weeks.”