Photo spotlight on Exercise Gateway Relief

Photos by Maj. Dale Greer, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

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Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group offload a Humvee from a Mississippi Air National Guard C-17 at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., on Aug. 6, 2013, as part of Exercise Gateway Relief, a U.S. Transportation Command-directed earthquake-response scenario.

MASCOUTAH, Ill. — The 123rd Airlift Wing joined forces with the U.S. Army’s active-duty 689th Rapid Port Opening Element from Fort Eustis, Va., to stand up and operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening, which combines an Air Force Aerial Port of Debarkation with an Army trucking and distribution unit. The aerial port ensures the smooth flow of cargo and relief supplies into affected areas by airlift, while the trucking unit facilitates their final distribution over land.  The purpose of the training was to set up a logistics hub as part of Exercise Gateway Relief, an earthquake-response scenario directed by United States Transportation Command.

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Army Pfc. Stephanie Solomon and Army Spc. Marquis Talbot of the U.S. Army’s 689th Rapid Port Opening Element in Fort Eustis, Va., strap simulated disaster-relief supplies to a flat-rack pallet on the flight line of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., on Aug. 7, 2013.

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Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group arrive at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., on Aug. 6, 2013, after deploying from Louisville, Ky., aboard a Mississippi Air National Guard C-17 from the 172nd Airlift Wing.

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Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group offload equipment from a Mississippi Air National Guard C-17 at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., on Aug. 6, 2013, as part of Exercise Gateway Relief, a U.S. Transportation Command-directed earthquake-response scenario.

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Army Spc. Marquis Talbot, a cargo specialist with the U.S. Army’s 689th Rapid Port Opening Element in Fort Eustis, Va., straps simulated disaster-relief supplies to a flat-rack pallet on the flight line of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., on Aug. 7, 2013.

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Army Pfc. Loura Wiggs, a transportation specialist with the U.S. 689th Army’s Rapid Port Opening Element in Fort Eustis, Va., directs the placement of a pallet of disaster-relief supplies onto a flat-bed truck at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., on Aug. 7, 2013.

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Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group coordinate with higher headquarters to control the airflow of simulated disaster-relief supplies into MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., on Aug. 7, 2013.

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Capt. Jeff Clark, an airfield management officer from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, measures the flight line to determine an aircraft parking plan at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., on Aug. 5, 2013.

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Master Sgt. James Nally, a flight chief for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, directs a C-130 to its parking spot at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., on Aug. 5, 2013.

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A Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft taxies into MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., on Aug. 5, 2013, as part of Exercise Gateway Relief, a U.S. Transportation Command-directed earthquake-response scenario.

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