Commander's Corner: Feb 6, 2015

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  • By Col. Douglas DeLaMater
  • 374th Airlift Wing
This week, we welcomed back a team of Airlifters who participated in Exercise COPE SOUTH alongside our partners from the Bangladesh Air Force. Both forces executed a successful and incredibly important mission, demonstrating our combined ability to generate tactical airlift in the event of a contingency or crisis.

Together, we flew 25 sorties, dropped 840 paratroopers and delivered 20 low-cost, low-altitude and container delivery system airdrop bundles. Additionally, the exercise featured several "firsts," including a BAF C-130B crew delivering two U.S. Air Force LCLA bundles to designated drop zones. That's proof positive how this innovative airdrop technique is transferable across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and it translates into increased capability to help people when they need it most.

We will continue our commitment to build upon intra-theater relationships with our allies. It's essential that our combined forces are ready to rapidly respond and integrate when the call comes. Thank YOU for your constant resolve to answer that call--our friends know they can count on the "Best Wing in the Pacific."