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    Blue Tail Flies Drop into Juniper Falcon

    Blue Tail Flies Drop into Juniper Falcon

    Photo By Master Sgt. Matthew Plew | An Israeli Defense Force jump master looks over the rig of a U.S. Army Air Cavalry...... read more read more

    Nevatim Air Force Base, Be'er Shava, Israel -- Two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft along with 70 Total Force Airmen attached to the 86th Airlift Wing, 37th Airlift Squadron from Ramstein Air Base, Germany deployed to Israel in support of exercise Juniper Falcon from May 7- 22, 2017.

    The 37th conducted airlift integration training with the Israeli Air Force designed to improve Israel's qualitative military edge; while building on the enduring partnership between the U.S. and Israel developed over decades of cooperation.

    "This is a great opportunity for us work with our Israeli partners to exchange ideas and concepts and the meaningful cultural aspect that comes with those discussions," said Maj. Libby Music, 37th Airlift Squadron detachment commander.

    These training sorties, which focused on bi-lateral air interoperability and joint service integration through low level flying, assault landing, airdrop of cargo and personnel from the U.S. and host nation forces, gave the 37th "Blue Tail Flies" pilots the chance to take part in flights unique to the region; allowing them to become more familiar with the airspace and region that their Israeli allies are charged to defend.

    "The biggest takeaway for us is the unique exchange of air tactics, drop zone and landing zone operations and maintenance procedures between our two militaries," said Capt. Wesley Dembek, 37th Airlift Squadron deputy of operations. "This is also a great opportunity for us to train in an austere environment that challenges us to adapt and become more familiar with the region."

    Juniper Falcon 17 represents the combination of several bi-lateral component/ Israeli Defense Force exercises that have been executed annually since 2011. These exercises were combined to increase joint training opportunities and capitalize on transportation and cost efficiencies gained by aggregating forces. Juniper Falcon, together with Juniper Cobra (held during opposite years), is part of the annual exercise continuum between United States European Command and the IDF.



    Date Taken: 05.15.2017
    Date Posted: 05.21.2017 10:08
    Story ID: 234628
    Location: IL

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