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    Silver Flag - Cope North 23

    Cope North 23 multilateral RADR training: Silver Flag

    Photo By Senior Airman William Rodriguez | U.S. Sailors, Airmen, and Marines patches hole for a rapid airfield damage repair...... read more read more



    Story by Airman 1st Class William Rodriguez 

    Pacific Air Forces

    A multilateral rapid air damage repair (RADR) training called Silver Flag was conducted by military personnel from the United States, Japan, Dutch and Australia on Andersen Air Base, Guam, during Cope North 2023, Feb. 13, 2023.
    The exercise involved a range of different teams working together to repair a simulated airfield that had been damaged. Silver Flag is meant to build trust and confidence between the participating countries through various training opportunities.

    “This multilateral approach was key to the success of the exercise, as it allowed the teams to practice working together in a real-world scenario,” said Master Sgt. Zelaya Robert. “The RADR processes a 29-person team. They can repair 18 craters in under six hours.”

    Time constraints, limited resources and weather conditions became challenges for the teams during the training. Despite the obstacles, the countries ensured effective communication, shared resources, and quick decision-making spread during the repairs.

    “The RADR process repairs the airfield expeditiously to get the air strip operating and serviceable for aircraft,” said SOMEONE. “The concrete poured will be ready for air traffic in less than three hours if an aircraft has to.”

    Airfield damage can occur for a range of reasons, including natural disasters, enemy attacks, and accidents. Being able to repair airfield damage quickly and effectively is essential for ensuring that military operations can continue uninterrupted.

    Overall, the Silver Flag exercise was a valuable part of the Cope North 23 exercise, said Robert. It provided military personnel with important training in a critical area, while also promoting multilateral cooperation and relationship-building between different countries. As airfield damage remains a critical risk for military operations, exercises like Silver Flag are essential for ensuring that military personnel are prepared to respond effectively to these challenges.



    Date Taken: 02.13.2023
    Date Posted: 03.08.2023 13:11
    Story ID: 439528
    Location: US

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