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    French Air Chief visits Andersen AFB, commends interoperability of MG23

    French Air Chief visits Andersen AFB, commends interoperability of MG23

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Bailee Darbasie | The French Air Chief, Incumbent General Stéphane Mille, is briefed by French pilots...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Bailee Darbasie 

    Air Mobility Command Public Affairs

    Andersen Air Force Base welcomed the French Air and Space Force Air Chief, Incumbent General Stéphane Mille, July 22, to observe and discuss ongoing interoperability efforts between the U.S. and France, to include Mobility Guardian 23, the Air Force’s premier large-scale global mobility exercise that took place in the Indo-Pacific region this summer.

    MG23 provided the Joint force maneuver for more than 15,000 personnel participating in various exercises across the Indo-Pacific. The exercise demonstrated the interoperability of combined forces and advanced a shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region while honing readiness objectives from each of the seven participating countries.

    “This visit truly showcased France’s commitment to maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Campanella, Mobility Guardian 23 senior enlisted leader. “They are looking to increase their presence in the region to align with the U.S. in shifting focus to this area of responsibility.”

    As the highest ranking military officer for the FASF, Mille took the opportunity to personally meet with Brig. Gen. Thomas Palenkse, 36th Wing commander, to discuss the successes of MG23, thanking him for hosting the exercise on Andersen AFB, and expressing interest in potential exercises together in the future.

    While touring the base, Mille also met with French service members as they wrapped up their MG23 participation. Mille praised the members for their hard work and interoperability during the exercise, highlighting the real-world search-and-rescue mission that they took part in when their A400M Atlas transport aircraft located a drifting vessel at sea with 11 souls aboard.

    “Throughout MG23 France integrated on all fronts,” said Campanella. “From air operations planning, to the massive amount of logistics planning across the AOR, France has been in lock step with the U.S. Air Force to make Mobility Guardian a success. Air Mobility Command is excited to work with them over the coming years in the Pacific.”

    For more information about MG23, visit



    Date Taken: 07.22.2023
    Date Posted: 08.01.2023 11:07
    Story ID: 449908

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