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Air Force Collaboration: 62d AW and Royal New Zealand Air Force Master Combat Offload Method B in Joint Training at Little Rock AFB

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Airmen from the 62nd Airlift Wing and the 41st Airlift Squadron’s C-130J Super Hercules crews at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, recently trained in Combat Offload Method B at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The January 11, 2024, exercise gave mission-ready aircrew and aircraft hands-on practice for global airlift missions.

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International Collaboration: Royal New Zealand Air Force Learns Combat Offload Methods with U.S. Airmen in Joint Training

Royal New Zealand Air Force troops observed and learned U.S. procedures during the simulated combat offload. This combined effort helped aerial port staff from different units collaborate and share information.

Combat Offload Method B, one of three, is used when mission or terrain limits prevent traditional equipment. This procedure is used when landing remotely or when the crew cannot stay on the ground. The training emphasized pallet offloading under challenging conditions.

Staff Sgt. Trenton Dancer, a capability forecaster from the 62d Aerial Port Squadron, developed the training curriculum. Air-and-ground operators were trained to transfer pallets safely and effectively in harsh conditions. The program stresses problem-solving to prepare Airmen for deployment challenges.

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Strategic Training Success: Combat Method B Sessions Boost Aircraft Readiness and Inter-Branch Collaboration

Combat Method B training has been held thrice in recent months to involve aircraft and aircrews every other month. Avoiding aircraft damage is a challenge during training, especially when dealing with units from various branches. Dancer stressed multi-unit learning.

Combat Offload Method B will make joint training exercises between branches easier when it becomes a Department of Defense training requirement. Dancer was optimistic that Air Mobility Command would approve his improved training program, improving unit interoperability and joint and combined partner collaboration.

The 62nd Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, and Royal New Zealand Air Force collaborate to improve skills, develop cooperative efforts, and prepare for varied operational scenarios.

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