by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Hannen
621st Contingency Response Wing Public Affairs
4/21/2015 - FORT HUNTER LIGGET, Calif. -- More
than 130 Airmen from five wings across Air Mobility Command and the Air
National Guard participated in a contingency response exercise March 29
through April 3 at three locations in California.
Exercise Golden Hydra was developed by Travis Airmen from the 621st
Contingency Response Wing and the 60th Air Mobility Wing to provide
expeditionary training for Contingency Response forces and mobility
Golden Hydra provided the opportunity for contingency response forces to
open and operate airfields for air mobility operations in an austere
"This exercise allowed our teams to replicate a simultaneous deployment
to two forward based airfields, rapidly establish operations and
coordinate with a staging base to move cargo between the three
locations," said Lt Col Jeff Krulick, 570th Global Mobility Squadron
director of operations.
Airmen from the 570th Contingency Response Group set up operations at
Schoonover Landing Zone, Fort Hunter Ligget, California, while Airmen
from the 571st Contingency Response Group operated out of Amedee Army
Airfield, Sierra Army Depot, California. They were able to practice
rapidly establishing command and control, assault landing zone
operations, engine-running cargo onloads and offloads and airlift
operations under low-light conditions. At the same time, members of the
615th Contingency Operations Support Group and the 60th AMW, diligently
prepared aircrews, aircraft and cargo at Travis for airlift missions to
those two locations.
Additionally, aircrews from the 60th AMW, the 152nd Airlift Wing, Nevada
Air National Guard, the 62nd AW, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington,
and the 19th AW, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, supported the
exercise and were able to accomplish tactical airlift training at each
of the locations including training at a dirt landing zone. With
participation from eight aircraft including the C-17 Globemaster III,
C-130 Hercules and KC-10 Extender, the exercise racked up a total of 58
airlift sorties over five days.
"It was both challenging and rewarding to work with all the motivated
Airmen to plan and execute this exercise that provided some great
training for both our contingency response teams as well as the
aircrews," said Maj. Matt Hood, 570th Global Mobility Squadron lead
planner for Exercise Golden Hydra.
"It is my hope that this can be a starting point to develop a
reoccurring, robust, yet cost effective, expeditionary exercise on the
west coast to provide realistic training to both contingency response
forces and mobility aircrews," Krulick said.