by Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez
621st Contingency Response Wing Public Affairs
5/8/2015 - JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- The 621st Contingency Response Wing took part in an exercise at Lakehurst airfield, April 27-30.
Approximately 28 Airmen from the 817th and 818th Contingency Response
Groups supported the exercise with a contingency response team along
with members of the 6th and 732nd Airlift Squadrons of Joint Base
McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., and the 3rd Airlift Squadron stationed at
Dover Air Force Base, Del.
During the training, the crew members from five U.S. Air Force C-17
Globemaster III's, conducted emergency runway operations, communication
proficiency training, night vision goggle training, and a ramp
coordinator chief received upgraded training during this exercise.
According Lt. Col. Michael Durband, 6 AS director of operations, the
exercise is an excellent opportunity for the units involved to practice
with a mission key partner like the 621 CRW.
"This exercise was a culmination of a number separate events with the
CRW that focused on a crawl, walk, run concept that started with static
load training events in January, February, and April before this
culminating exercise," Durband said. "Our teams gain familiarity in a
training environment before we interact in a contingency environment
like West Africa or the Middle-East. Beyond the hands-on training gained
by both Wings, this familiarity is the greatest outcome."
According to Tech. Sgt. Michael Folk, 818th Global Mobility Squadron
contingency Response team chief, this was the first time they conducted
this exercise on this scale.
"We worked with the 6AS a couple of different times before where we've
marshaled their aircraft in or loaded their cargo," Folk said. "This is
the first time on this scale that we worked with both Dover and McGuire
aircrews to get training for everybody."
"The McGuire and Dover units usually use Lakehurst for their air
training so we decided to work with those units to get beneficial
training for our Airmen and their aircrews," Folk said "We used our
cargo and gave their air crew the options to choose different load plans
they wanted to train on, and our porters got the opportunity to train
The CRW is highly-specialized in training and rapidly deploying
personnel to quickly open airfields and establish, expand, sustain, and
coordinate air mobility operations.