by Senior Airman Christine Halan
100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
10/22/2015 - SON SAN JUAN AIR BASE, Spain -- The
100th Air Refueling Wing began its participation in Exercise Trident
Juncture, Oct. 21, 2015, over the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.
The 351st Air Refueling Squadron will provide air refueling capabilities to approximately 30 nations during the exercise.
Aiming to test, train and enhance the ability of NATO military forces,
Trident Juncture is one of the largest exercises in the world since the
past 20 years. It will test the readiness of land, air, maritime and
special forces units for potential crisis from any direction in the
"We're expecting to refuel about 130 aircraft during the exercise, but
that number could change dramatically," said Capt. Joshua Fuller, 351st
Air Refueling Squadron instructor pilot. "As part of the exercise we'll
be evaluating our ability to change directions and respond to evolving
requirements with little notice."
This exercise will provide Airmen gained knowledge and training through
experience and teamwork while working with NATO partners.
"For me the most exciting aspect of this exercise is showing the world
that the incredible capability this aircraft brings to the fight is just
as valid today as it has ever been." Fuller said.
"We've been proving it over and over again since the first KC-135
Stratotanker rolled off the line in 1956. Movies are made about fighter
and bomber aircraft persecuting our enemies, but people don't make
movies about the 'blue collar' crews of the tanker. I'm excited to tell
that story to the world through this exercise, and to show all our NATO
and coalition partners the force-extending role that tankers can bring
to bear on any conflict."