36th AS train for combat offloading readiness

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  • By Senior Airman Manuel Zamora
  • 374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 36th Airlift Squadron assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, took part in a contingency response exercise with the 36th Contingency Response Group at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 17 through Jan. 19, 2023.

The 36th AS provided aircraft for the 36th CRG to practice combat offloading, which quickly deploys cargo and personnel in contested environments, enabling the rapid set-up of a field aerial port. The port is a temporary facility that manages the movement of cargo and passengers as additional aircraft fly in to help fortify a position.

Combat offloading is one of the rapid airlift skills that allows coalition forces the capability to perform rapid response of personnel, light vehicles, and supplies anywhere in the Indo-Pacific when needed.