Air Force Reserve accelerates multi-capable Airmen during Rally in the Rockies 2021

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  • By By Maj. Ashley Walker
  • 913th Airlift Group

Reserve Citizen Airmen were pushed to expand their skill sets during Rally in the Rockies 2021, Sept. 13-16, projecting airpower across Colorado and Wyoming with a reduced logistical footprint.

Exercise RitR21 tested multi-capable Airmen teams from a variety of Air Force Reserve units and career fields to enhance critical bare base capabilities within a simulated contested environment.  Units included the 913th Airlift Group, 94th Airlift Wing, 403rd Wing, 910th Airlift Wing, 934th Airlift Wing who sent personnel from security forces, maintenance, medical, communications, logistics readiness, and aerial port.

Airmen are expected to fulfill a variety of job positions to carry out the mission, setting up a small air base of operations in order to project power across vast distances.

“We have nearly 50 Airmen from a variety of career fields attending this training, where it only takes a fraction of that to provide ground support for this scenario,” said Master Sgt. Robert Davis, 96th Aerial Port Squadron air transportation specialist. “We are leveraging this exercise to quickly train personnel on various critical skills required to project airpower.”

The scenario required refueling, cargo processing, munitions arming, but personnel expanded training to include tactical combat casualty care, base defense, wet wing defueling, and command, control and communications employment.

“The future fight requires our forces to maneuver quickly and increase survivability,” said Davis,“For any aircraft to reach our adversaries, multi-capable Airmen will be ready to launch airpower anywhere.”

Multi-capable Airmen are able to execute dynamic force employment and agile combat employment in contested and austere environments with minimal directives. Airmen are empowered to make decisions in order to execute successful missions at a moment’s notice.