165th Airlift Squadron supports Alaskan National Guard, Operation Joint Patriot


By Staff Sgt. Jason Ketterer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Flight Engineer Tech. Sgt. Daniel Wormley assists Master Sgt. Clint Stinnett with his loadmaster duties after marshaling a communications truck onto the 165th Airlift Squadron's C-130. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Ketterer)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron flew northwest to Anchorage, Alaska, on July 7 to provide airlift for the Alaska National Guard’s 103rd Civil Support Team.

The Kentucky Airmen were responsible for transporting four troops and a 19,410-pound communications truck from Anchorage to Volk Field, Wis., for Operation Joint Patriot, a multi-service training scenario designed to test homeland-defense capabilities.

The Alaskan contingent’s primary job was to respond to a simulated radioactive dispersal device, said Army Staff Sgt. Nicholas Dutton, communications team chief for the 103rd CST.

The communications truck — delivered courtesy of a 10-hour flight aboard a Kentucky Air Guard C-130 Hercules — played a crucial role in the scenario, Dutton noted.

Loadmasters Master Sgt. Clint Stinnett and Staff Sgt. Jerry Passafiume secure 19,410 pound cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Ketterer)

“This truck provides reachback for our unit to establish both secure and unsecure Internet connections through satellites, and also interoperability for radio communications,” he said.

The 3,000-mile airlift sortie and subsequent download of the truck was just one of hundreds of airlift missions the Kentucky Air National Guard and their C-130 aircraft will execute this year.

Aircrew from the 165th Airlift Squadron begin their approach to Standiford Field in Louisville, Ky. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Ketterer)

While many of those missions will support other units and military operations around the world, the 165th Airlift Squadron also provides rapid-response airlift for the operational capabilities of its parent unit, the Louisville, Ky.-based 123rd Airlift Wing. Those capabilities include special tactics search-and-rescue, expeditionary medical care and a dedicated crisis-response group.

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