Kentucky’s 123rd Airlift Wing train in the Meadowlands

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Photos by Maj. Dale Greer and Master Sgt. Phil Speck, Public Affairs Officer, 123rd AW, Kentucky National Guard

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Pallets of cargo are offloaded from a Kentucky Air Guard C-130 during an Engine Running Offload at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., March 26, 2012, in support of Eagle Flag. The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group from Louisville, Ky., and the 690th Rapid Port Opening Element from Fort Eustis, Va., joined forces for the exercise, which tasks them with establishing a Joint Task Force-Port Opening. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — More than 80 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard in Louisville, Ky., deployed March 26 to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., where they joined with more than 50 active-duty Army troops and Air Guardsmen from New Jersey and Mississippi to establish an aerial port at Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station within 24 hours of landing.

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1st Lt. Kevin Eilers of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group sets up an Alaskan Shelter tent at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., March 26, 2012, during Exercise Eagle Flag. More than 80 Airmen from the Kentucky Air Guard have joined forces with over 50 active-duty Army troops and Air Guardsmen from New Jersey and Mississippi to establish an aerial port at Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station within 24 hours of landing. Inspectors from U.S. Transportation Command will evaluate the performance of the Kentucky unit during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

The tasking is part of Exercise Eagle Flag, during which inspectors from U.S. Transportation Command will evaluate the performance of Kentucky’s 123rd Contingency Response Group. The Kentucky Guardsmen are working in concert with Soldiers from the 690th Rapid Port Opening Element, based at Fort Eustis, Va., which is responsible for transferring the incoming air cargo to trucks for simulated forward movement over land.

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Lt. Col. Rick Shelton (second from left) gets to know local leaders over tea while visiting the fictional town of Sabor, Nessor, during a U.S. Transportation Command verification exercise held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., March 27, 2012. Shelton, commander of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Global Mobility Readiness Squadron, is playing the role of operations officer for Joint Task Force-Port Opening, a unit charged with establishing an aerial port at the simulated Akrab International Airport within 24 hours of landing. Shelton is joined by Army Maj. Keith Pruett (far left), commander of the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element in Fort Eustis, Va. The RPO is responsible for transferring incoming air cargo to trucks for simulated forward movement over land. Also pictured (left to right) are the notional Col. Nadir Kamal Mustafa, a commander in the Royal Nessorian Air Force; and Wasim Naguib, the fictional mayor of Sabor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Dale Greer)

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