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Ramstein exercise generates mass airlift capability

U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft line up on the runway for an elephant walk on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 8, 2018. The elephant walk was part of a mass generation exercise held by the 86th Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Milton Hamilton)

U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft line up on the runway for an elephant walk on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 8, 2018. The elephant walk was part of a mass generation exercise held by the 86th Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Milton Hamilton)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jonathan Cato, 37th Airlift Squadron commander, and U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Forsyth, 37th AS pilot, fly a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft over Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 8, 2018. The sortie was part of a mass generation exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jonathan Cato, 37th Airlift Squadron commander, and U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Forsyth, 37th AS pilot, fly a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft over Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 8, 2018. The sortie was part of a mass generation exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Crystal Reese, 37th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules loadmaster, stands ready to conduct a cargo delivery system equipment drop during a nighttime sortie over a drop zone in Germany, Nov. 8, 2018. Reese was responsible for verifying the cargo left the aircraft without issue and at the allotted time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Crystal Reese, 37th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules loadmaster, stands ready to conduct a cargo delivery system equipment drop during a nighttime sortie over a drop zone in Germany, Nov. 8, 2018. Reese was responsible for verifying the cargo left the aircraft without issue and at the allotted time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron conduct a pre-flight brief on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 8, 2018. Pilots and loadmasters work hand in hand to ensure flights are accomplished safely and efficiently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron conduct a pre-flight brief on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 8, 2018. Pilots and loadmasters work hand in hand to ensure flights are accomplished safely and efficiently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

An 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief stands ready as a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft begins start up procedures on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 6, 2018. Crew chiefs are responsible for the aircraft on the ground while aircrew responsible for the aircraft during missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

An 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief stands ready as a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft begins start up procedures on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 6, 2018. Crew chiefs are responsible for the aircraft on the ground while aircrew responsible for the aircraft during missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

A 37th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules loadmaster stands ready before the aircraft’s engine is started on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 6, 2018. Loadmasters stand by outside to verify there are no issues during engine startup. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

A 37th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules loadmaster stands ready before the aircraft’s engine is started on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 6, 2018. Loadmasters stand by outside to verify there are no issues during engine startup. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

A U.S. Air Force crew chief assigned to the 86th Maintenance Squadron seals a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft window on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 6, 2018. Crew chiefs with the 86th MXS ensure aircraft are safe and can be deemed air-worthy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

A U.S. Air Force crew chief assigned to the 86th Maintenance Squadron seals a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft window on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 6, 2018. Crew chiefs with the 86th MXS ensure aircraft are safe and can be deemed air-worthy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Taylor, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief, watches as a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft is refueled on Ramstein Air Base, Germany Oct. 31, 2018. Crew chiefs ensure the aircraft is ready for aircrew to accomplish the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Taylor, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief, watches as a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft is refueled on Ramstein Air Base, Germany Oct. 31, 2018. Crew chiefs ensure the aircraft is ready for aircrew to accomplish the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Air Force crew chiefs assigned to the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft on Ramstein Air Base, Germany Oct. 31, 2018. Crew chiefs partake in all maintenance that occurs prior to the aircraft being noted as air-worthy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Air Force crew chiefs assigned to the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft on Ramstein Air Base, Germany Oct. 31, 2018. Crew chiefs partake in all maintenance that occurs prior to the aircraft being noted as air-worthy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Taylor, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief works on a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft on Ramstein Air Base, Germany Oct. 31, 2018. Flying crew chiefs ensure the aircraft is taken care of during missions that take place away from home station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Taylor, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief works on a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft on Ramstein Air Base, Germany Oct. 31, 2018. Flying crew chiefs ensure the aircraft is taken care of during missions that take place away from home station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Airmen assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing successfully conducted a mass generation exercise preparing multiple C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, a multi-aircraft sortie, and elephant walk prior to takeoff Nov. 8, on Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Airmen assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, 86th Maintenance Squadron, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron enabled the multi-ship sortie.

“Although the airplanes that [took] off from Ramstein are the most visible aspect of our demonstration of force and American airpower, it is just one part of this exercise,” said Col. Joseph Wenckus, 86th Airlift Wing vice commander. “This mass generation included all six groups at the 86th Airlift Wing.”

Ramstein’s mission in Europe and Africa is to generate and employ air mobility, enable theater and strategic airpower, and operate key Air Force power projection platforms.

“Exercises like the mass generation exercise here at Ramstein allow us to increase our readiness and our resilience, to face a whole host and wide range of contingencies, from whatever may break out in Africa or here in Europe,” said Wenckus. “This mass generation exercise demonstrates America’s will and resolve, both to our allies and our adversaries that we can project airpower anywhere through Europe and Africa at a moments’ notice.”