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US Air Force, Hawaii Air National Guard, Royal Australian Air Force participate in bilateral exercise

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  • By Staff Sgt. Alan Ricker

Over 30 active-duty U.S. Air Force and Hawaii Air National Guard service members worked with the Royal Australian Air Force during a bilateral training exercise Nov. 12-19.

Exercise Global Dexterity 22-2 at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland, Australia, involved C-17A Globemaster III aircraft from both Australia and the United States undertaking a series of air mobility missions.

“The purpose of exercise Global Dexterity is to provide a mobility air forces centric exercise where USAF and RAAF aircrews can cultivate integration and interoperability while training for a peer conflict,” said Maj. Joshua Moore, 15th Wing director of agile combat employment.

Moore explained that each country’s air force representatives acted as an integrated unit, focusing on peer conflict tactics, techniques, and procedures, including ACE.

“The advantages to integrating USAF and RAAF aircrew are countless, but the ones that stand out the most to me are sharing best practices, exchanging ideas, and the ability to operate as a singular crew force in conflict,” Moore said.

Held twice a year, hosting responsibility for exercise Global Dexterity alternates between Australia and the United States.

This was the fourth iteration of Global Dexterity, integrating intelligence, aircrew and maintenance Airmen from both nations.

Airmen assigned to the 15th Maintenance Squadron and 154th Maintenance Squadron were integrated throughout the exercise, learning from each other to develop maintenance capabilities that are operationally effective.

“Australia has been one of the United States’ closest allies, and we have fought side by side in every major conflict in recent history,” Moore said. With the ever-changing geopolitical environment today, it is more important than ever that we operate seamlessly with our allies and partners to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.”