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West Virginia Airmen critical to joint exercise successes in Europe


Airmen from the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, provided critical airlift and logistical support to the Maryland Air National Guard during the month of May in Europe for Swift Response and Defender 22 exercise as they executed Agile Combat Employment (ACE).

ACE is the concept of quickly mobilizing and deploying aircraft, personnel, and equipment to project combat power across a theater of operations.
The C-17 Globemaster II assigned to the 167 AW enabled the rapid global mobility of about 170 Airmen from MDANG and maintenance cargo needed to support flying operations of the 10 Maryland A-10s assigned to the 104th Fighter Squadron.

The West Virginia C-17s moved 367 tons of cargo during 29 intra-theater mission legs in the EUCOM theater for the MDANG.
“We could not have done this mission without the incredible support of our West Virginian friends,” said U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Joanna Voss, 175th Logistics Readiness Squadron installation deployment officer. “Their aircrew was critical to every phase of this exercise, allowing us to generate combat power throughout Europe. They are amazing.”

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