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First ever Exercise Agile Wolf tests joint mission at home

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Squadron conduct combat offload method-B training at night during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. Combat offload method-B allows the 37th Airlift Squadron to deploy cargo in austere locations without access to large mobility vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Squadron conduct combat offload method-B training at night during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. Combat offload method-B allows the 37th Airlift Squadron to deploy cargo in austere locations without access to large mobility vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Squadron conduct combat offload method-B training at night during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. Combat offload method-B allows the 37th Airlift Squadron to deploy cargo in austere locations without access to large mobility vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Squadron conduct combat offload method-B training at night during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. Combat offload method-B allows the 37th Airlift Squadron to deploy cargo in austere locations without access to large mobility vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kenneth Saunders, 435th Contingency Response Squadron mobile aerial porter, pushes a pallet onto a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. The 435th provides U.S. Air Forces in Europe's primary expeditionary aerial port capability and performs initial airfield operations enabling rapid standup of combat operations anywhere in the European region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kenneth Saunders, 435th Contingency Response Squadron mobile aerial porter, pushes a pallet onto a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. The 435th provides U.S. Air Forces in Europe's primary expeditionary aerial port capability and performs initial airfield operations enabling rapid standup of combat operations anywhere in the European region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kenneth Saunders, 435th Contingency Response Squadron mobile aerial porter, secures a pallet during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. The 435th provides U.S. Air Forces in Europe's primary expeditionary aerial port capability and performs initial airfield operations enabling rapid standup of combat operations anywhere in the European theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kenneth Saunders, 435th Contingency Response Squadron mobile aerial porter, secures a pallet during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. The 435th provides U.S. Air Forces in Europe's primary expeditionary aerial port capability and performs initial airfield operations enabling rapid standup of combat operations anywhere in the European theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron conducts maintenance on a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. A C-130J can carry 90 troops, or 40,000 pounds of cargo and provides U.S. Air Forces in Europe's only professional airlift to any country, any time in the European theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron conducts maintenance on a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. A C-130J can carry 90 troops, or 40,000 pounds of cargo and provides U.S. Air Forces in Europe's only professional airlift to any country, any time in the European theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron conducts maintenance on a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. Agile Wolf tests the 435th CRS’s ability to coordinate and operate mobility operations with the 37th AS for the first time at Ramstein Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron conducts maintenance on a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. Agile Wolf tests the 435th CRS’s ability to coordinate and operate mobility operations with the 37th AS for the first time at Ramstein Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Squadron load small cargo pallets onto a 37th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. Agile Wolf tests the 435th CRS’s ability to coordinate and operate mobility operations with the 37th AS for the first time at Ramstein Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Squadron load small cargo pallets onto a 37th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. Agile Wolf tests the 435th CRS’s ability to coordinate and operate mobility operations with the 37th AS for the first time at Ramstein Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Cecilia Bak, 435th Contingency Response Squadron mobile aerial porter, smiles after loading a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. The 435th provides U.S. Air Forces in Europe's primary expeditionary aerial port capability and performs initial airfield operations enabling rapid standup of combat operations anywhere in the European theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Cecilia Bak, 435th Contingency Response Squadron mobile aerial porter, smiles after loading a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. The 435th provides U.S. Air Forces in Europe's primary expeditionary aerial port capability and performs initial airfield operations enabling rapid standup of combat operations anywhere in the European theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron guides a mobile aerial porter before loading a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. Agile Wolf tests the 435th CRS’s ability to coordinate and operate mobility operations with the 37th AS for the first time at Ramstein Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron guides a mobile aerial porter before loading a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2019. Agile Wolf tests the 435th CRS’s ability to coordinate and operate mobility operations with the 37th AS for the first time at Ramstein Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – The 435th Contingency Response Squadron and 37th Airlift Squadron tested their port, maintenance and command and control functions during the first ever, Exercise Agile Wolf at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17-18.

The exercise was designed to enhance the 435th CRS’s ability to coordinate and operate mobility operations with the 37th AS in a semi-permissive environment. Since the only thing that separates the two squadrons is Ramstein’s flight line, the 435th CRS went to the other side and they both got to work.

The 435th CRS command and control function paired with the air terminal operations center kicked-off operations on the ramp. Nearly a third of the 435th CRS worked seamlessly with the 37th AS for two 16-hour days. Maintainers prepared four C-130J Super Hercules aircraft while aircrew worked with mobile aerial porters to load small cargo pallets for airdrops and combat offloads.

“We are in a resource constrained Air Force and we’re always trying to do more with less,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Brad Seehawer, 435th CRS assistant operations officer. “We are doing this exercise to show that we can train our members without having to fly them across the continent or back to the United States.”

To maximize training opportunity and current operations, Airmen rotated from the squadrons to the exercise location. The rotation allowed Airmen from the two squadrons to get familiar with each other since they would be working together in a deployed location.

“This is the first time we’ve done exercises on Ramstein with the 37th Airlift Squadron,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt Deven Kauppi, 435th Contingency Response Squadron mobile aerial porter. “We usually go out with them to various countries like Romania, Poland or Bulgaria to conduct training.”

The exercise saved the Air Force thousands of dollars because it was on their home installation. The location reduced additional flight hours and personnel travel required to conduct an extensive training like Agile Wolf.

“Working alongside our partner nations is extremely important, so there’s incredible value in honing our skills in our backyard first, to add even more value to our effectiveness in the European area of operation,” Seehawer said.

Exercise Agile Wolf is planned to occur every quarter to further strengthen the 435th and 37th missions; to provide the region’s only airlift, airdrop, and aeromedical evacuation operations capability and provide professional airlift to any country, any time.