by Senior Airman Divine Cox
62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
12/17/2015 - JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- In
today's military, aircrews have to be trained and ready to handle any
type of combat scenario, and recently, members of McChord Field and
other bases participated in an exercise titled "Rainier War" to help
them hone their skills.
Aircrews from Joint Bases Lewis-McChord, Wash, Pearl Harbor-Hickam,
Hawaii, Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
departed from McChord Field, Wash Dec. 10, to participate in a Joint
Forcible Entry exercise over Moses Lake, Wash.
Rainier War is a semi-annual Large Formation Exercise, hosted by the
62nd Airlift Wing, designed to train aircrew under realistic scenarios
that support full spectrum operations against modern threats and
replicate today's contingency operations.
"We launched 11 C-17 Globemaster III's to train and hone our combat and
humanitarian mobility delivery skills," said Col. Leonard Kosinski, 62nd
Airlift Wing commander.
Once the aircraft launched and were in the air, aircrews began preparing their aircraft for its large formation airdrops.
Before the formation performed the heavy container delivery system
airdrops, the aircrews performed low level flying prior to arriving at
the drop zone in Moses Lake.
"I enjoy watching the success of our hard work," said Staff Sgt. Joseph
Timpson, 10th Airlift Squadron loadmaster. "Practice makes perfect, and
when you train all the time, specifically on airdrop missions, you
expect everything to be perfect."
The Rainier War exercise included the large formation airdrops and a
larger formation of C 17's before heading back to Joint Base
"This was a very challenging exercise and lots of important learning
took place," said Kosinski. "It was incredibly realistic and challenging
training needed to ensure we are ready whenever and wherever our nation