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Produced by Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs 10/21/2013 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Two Luftwaffe "Blue" AG-51 Tornados zoomed through the desert skies, closing in on a U.S. Navy "Red" E/A-18G Growler, that just fired missiles at a U.S. Air Force convoy moving across the desert about 15 miles from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Available in high definition. "I got a lock-on," bellows one of the German Air Force pilots. Moments later, the Super Hornet's threat is neutralized, and a combat search and rescue team heads off into the desert to rescue a downed pilot. Fortunately, that action-packed 20 minutes was fictitious yet wasn't much different than the hundreds of other sorties flown during a multinational combined-joint exercise dubbed Mountain Roundup 2013, which took place here from Sept. 30 through Oct. 16. The exercise was part of the German Air Force Tornado Fighter Weapons Instructor Course Mission Employment Phase, where hundreds of GAF, Royal Canadian Air Force, U.S. Marines, Navy, and Airmen trained in realistic ground operations, close-air support (CAS), urban combatives, convoy operations, basic fighter maneuvers, counter air and multiple air-to-air training scenarios.

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Date Taken:10.21.2013

Date Posted:10.22.2013 3:33PM


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  • A multitude of various planes arrived while others already took to the skies near Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, today as the multinational combined-joint exercise dubbed Mountain Roundup 2013 kicked-off.

The exercise is part of the German Air Force Tornado Fighter Weapons Instructor Course Mission Employment (ME) Phase, and is scheduled to end Oct. 19.

The base and the 266th Range Squadron control and maintain emitter sites across almost 7,500-square miles of operational range space, and it's that access to airspace and ranges that allows for realistic, safe training and testing while providing the flexibility to accommodate the complexity of this multinational, multi-service exercise.

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The Air Force has become a crucial component of combined-joint operations. In Afghanistan's Regional Command-North, there's a very similar operational situation to what will be exercised here throughout the next few weeks. 

In RC-N there's a large German military contingency working in union with the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines to employ forces and eliminate threats on the ground. That exact scenario will be exercised during Mountain Roundup.
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(Dust on lens, camera shake, wind noise). Available in High Definition.


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