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US PACAF and Allies Preparing for Large-scale Exercise in the Pacific

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US PACAF and Allies Preparing for Large-scale Exercise in the Pacific

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US PACAF and Allies Preparing for Large-scale Exercise in the Pacific
US PACAF and Allies Preparing for Large-scale Exercise in the Pacific

While the Air and Space Forces Association Warfare Symposium was taking place in Colorado, Pacific Air Forces Airmen were already implementing the vision – more large-scale exercises with our Allies and Partners in the region.Cope North 24 is aggressively practicing multinational Combat and Mobility Air Force employments, focusing on interchangeability between U.S., Royal Australian Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, Republic of Korea Air Force and French Air and Space Force mobility assets. No easy feat, each country has their own procedures for passengers, cargo and flights that could slow down a multinational effort during a real operation. Cope North’s goal is to overcome that. This exercise showed what is possible when the Allies and partners in this region come together for a common goal.

“Those relationships, alliances, and partnerships can only be envied in Beijing, Moscow and Pyongyang and they could never replicate anything near that. Our ability to come together as teams, and work together as teams for a purpose, is an amazing strength and one that we continue to enjoy. That’s why my predecessors and I pay tremendous focus into maintaining the building and increasing the capability of our alliances and relationships at all levels,” Gen. Kevin B. Schneider, Pacific Air Forces commander, said at the AFA symposium.

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Mobility Air Force aircraft from the U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and French Air and Space Force participate in an Elephant Walk during Cope North 24 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on Feb. 5, 2024. Large-scale, multinational exercises in the Indo-Pacific Region act as a force multiplier in the region, building a more integrated and lethal force together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Gerald R. Willis)
Mobility Air Force aircraft from the U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and French Air and Space Force participate in an Elephant Walk during Cope North 24 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on Feb. 5, 2024. Large-scale, multinational exercises in the Indo-Pacific Region act as a force multiplier in the region, building a more integrated and lethal force together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Gerald R. Willis)

“This Cope North we focused on getting all our Allies and Partners locked in on a common goal -to tackle this massive lift operation together. Our goal was to make mobility aircraft across the region interchangeable. Maximizing space utilization on the various aircraft, with U.S. cargo on French jets, Australian passengers on U.S. Marine KC-130s and Airmen on JASDF aircraft. We just made it work. Each nation came to the table, able and willing, to make this happen and that’s exactly what we did. I think we became a more integrated, lethal force by working together. The accomplishments of Cope North are massive, dispersing over 1,000 servicemembers across six locations with their aircraft, equipment and survival supplies for two weeks and then bringing them all home to Andersen is huge,” said Capt. Marko Popovich, 18th Wing logistics officer and Cope North USAF Logistics Lead.

Servicemembers practiced Agile Combat Employment by rapidly ‘flushing’ to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, after a simulated attack, from remote and isolated Airfields on Tinian, Saipan and Guam, where they were operating as a combined force projecting airpower across the Pacific. The Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) is a Major Command (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force and is also the air component command of the United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM). PACAF is headquartered at the Hickam AFB portion of Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam, Hawaii, and is one of two USAF MAJCOMs assigned outside the Continental United States, the other being the United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa.

US PACAF and Allies Preparing for Large-scale Exercise in the Pacific
A U.S. Air Force F-15C assigned to the 18th Wing, Japan, sits on the flightline during Cope North 24 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on Feb. 15, 2024. Large-scale, multinational exercises in the Indo-Pacific Region act as a force multiplier in the region, building a more integrated and lethal force together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Gerald R. Willis)

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