U.S. Air Force Airmen pose for a group photo during Cope West 21 at Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base in Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia, June 25, 2021.
U.S. Air Force Airmen pose for a group photo during Cope West 21 at Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base in Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia, June 25, 2021.

US Air Force and Indonesian Air Force Conclude Exercise Cope West 2021

Airmen from the 35th Fighter Wing took part in Cope West 21, (CW21) a bilateral, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) funded tactical air-to-air fighter aircraft exercise incorporating members from the U.S. and Indonesian Air Forces at Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base in Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia, June 14-25, 2021. The exercise proved U.S. Air Force resolve to work together with partners, especially amidst challenging times. Six F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 13th Fighter Squadron as well as 100 airmen from the 35th Fighter Wing accomplished 52 flying missions with the Indonesian Air Force, incorporating subject matter expert exchanges, basic fighter maneuvers and other tactics, techniques and procedures designed to increase combat capabilities, and integration for both countries.

U.S. Air Force Airmen with the 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, prepare F-16 Fighting Falcons for flight in support of Cope West 21 at Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base in Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia, June 16, 2021.
U.S. Air Force Airmen with the 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, prepare F-16 Fighting Falcons for flight in support of Cope West 21 at Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base in Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia, June 16, 2021. Cope West 21 enhances U.S. relations with our regional allies and partners by demonstrating our resolve to promote security and stability throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Kakaris)

“There is no other squadron in PACAF doing this right now. Our success out here is going to reverberate across the Air Force, everyone’s going to see it, and see that it’s possible for us to maintain readiness and get training even in pandemic times. Everything these airman have done out here shows the whole world we can do this. As well as showing the whole Air Force how to do it right,” said Lt. Col. Jordan Kahn, 13th Fighter Squadron commander.

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jefte Reyes-Salinas marshals an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Cope West 21 at Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base in Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia, June 15, 2021.
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jefte Reyes-Salinas marshals an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Cope West 21 at Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base in Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia, June 15, 2021. Pilots flew sorties with their Indonesian counterparts to conduct bilateral air-to-air training, bolstering both sides’ combat capabilities and readiness. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Kakaris)

“We had one aircraft break hard the second day in country and did not have the parts on-hand to fix it. We were able to quickly develop a maintenance recovery plan to fulfill our mission requirements and still allow all of our personnel and assets to make it back to Misawa without any drastic delays. It was awesome to see how not only members from the 13th AMU, but members from across the entire 35th Maintenance Group, our partners at Kadena Air Base, and the Indonesian Air Force working together to make it happen,” said Master Sgt. Timothy E. Puckett, 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) production superintendent.

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons taxi to the runway during Cope West 21, at Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base in Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia, June 18, 2021.
U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons taxi to the runway during Cope West 21, at Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base in Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia, June 18, 2021. Cope West 21 is designed to enhance the readiness, interoperability and partnership between the U.S. and Indonesian Air Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Kakaris)

CW21 was the first exercise of its kind since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t the only challenge that faced the Cope West 21 team. Teamwork was the defining characteristic of Cope West 21. Airmen deployed 2,000 miles from Misawa Air Base with a small footprint, in line with the Air Force’s Agile Combat Employment concept, and partnered with each other and their Indonesian counterparts to make the mission a success. Even after they’ve returned to Misawa, the impact these Airmen made during CW21 will continue to set the tone as we demonstrate our commitment to promoting a safe and secure Indo-Pacific region.

U.S. Air Force Airmen pose for a group photo during Cope West 21 at Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base in Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia, June 25, 2021.
U.S. Air Force Airmen pose for a group photo during Cope West 21 at Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base in Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia, June 25, 2021. The combined training offered at exercise Cope West 21 prepares the U.S. Air Force and Indonesian Air Force to work together in promoting a peaceful Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Kakaris)
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