Alaska Airmen air drop during premier exercise

Mobility Guardian

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III sits on the ramp prior to take off in support of Exercise Mobility Guardian at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 10, 2017. Airmen assigned to the 517th Airlift Squadron from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, took part in the air drop during Air Mobility Command's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for Airmen to train with joint and international partners in airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

Mobility Guardian

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Kolesnikov, a loadmaster assigned to the 517th Airlift Squadron from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, reconfigures a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft for air drop operations while being watched by an international observer in support of Exercise Mobility Guardian at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 10, 2017. The exercise is intended to test the abilities of the Mobility Air Forces to execute rapid global mobility missions in dynamic, contested environments. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

Mobility Guardian

Multinational observers from coalition partners observe and share tactics, training and procedural knowledge with U.S. Airmen assigned to the 517th Airlift Squadron from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, during an air drop mission on a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in support of Exercise Mobility Guardian at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 10, 2017. More than 3,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and international partners converged on the state of Washington in support of Air Mobility Command's premier exercise. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

Mobility Guardian exercise

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 517th Airlift Squadron from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, conduct an air drop from a C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft in support of Exercise Mobility Guardian at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 10, 2017. Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for mobility forces to train with joint and international partners in airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

Mobility Guardian

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 517th Airlift Squadron from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, conduct an air drop from a C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft in support of Exercise Mobility Guardian at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 10, 2017. Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for mobility forces to train with joint and international partners in airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

Mobility Guardian

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Kolesnikov, a loadmaster assigned to the 517th Airlift Squadron from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, waits to conduct an airdrop from a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in support of Exercise Mobility Guardian at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 10, 2017. The exercise is designed to sharpen Airmen’s skills in support of combatant commander requirements. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- More than 3,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and international partners converged on the state of Washington in support of exercise Mobility Guardian. The exercise is intended to test the abilities of the Mobility Air Forces to execute rapid global mobility missions in dynamic, contested environments. Airmen assigned to the 517th Airlift Squadron from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, took part in an air drop during the exercise, providing an opportunity for them to train with joint and international partners in airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support.