US, Philippine Air Forces to train together during Pacific Airlift Rally

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U.S. Pacific Air Forces alongside the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and Philippine Disaster Management personnel will participate in Pacific Airlift Rally, a biennial, multinational, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise at Clark Air Base, Aug. 14-18, 2023.

The exercise goal is coalition building and promoting airlift interoperability to support regional multinational responses to real-world HA/DR scenarios. 

Two U.S. Air Force 374th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules and associated Airmen from Yokota Air Base, Japan, will support the exercise. Philippine and Japanese C-130H models will also participate in PAR 23.

In support of HA/DR operations, the multinational members will conduct field training exercises focusing on container delivery and personnel airdrop, cargo loading, airdrop rigging, and critical patient movement. An airlift operations tabletop exercise will cover aircraft staging and HA/DR mission planning.

The exercise includes subject matter expert exchanges regarding austere and expeditionary medicine, ground evacuation, in-flight emergency response, C-130 aircraft maintenance, base defense, force protection, chaplain, and military band engagements.

The U.S. military continues to strengthen relationships with regional Allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific through operations such as Pacific Airlift Rally to preserve peace and stability in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

More than 90 PACAF members and approximately 50 PAF personnel will participate in the 14th iteration of Pacific Air Lift this year.  Approximately 14 countries will be involved in PAR-23.