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Colorado topography used to familiarize crews with mountainous terrain and high pressure altitudes

Airmen from the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron finish up maintenance as pilots from the 41st Airlift Squadron prepare to board a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 27, 2020. The 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess AFB, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Airmen from the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron finish up maintenance as pilots from the 41st Airlift Squadron prepare to board a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 27, 2020. The 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess AFB, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allows each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

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An Airman assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing waits for a worker at Montrose Regional Airport to finish fueling a C-130J Super Hercules in Montrose, Colorado, July 28, 2020. Support squadrons in addition to the 41st Airlift Squadron trained in Colorado as a part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB. The initiative allows each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

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A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing is parked on the flightline at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 28, 2020. Support squadrons in addition to the 41st Airlift Squadron trained in Colorado as a part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB. The initiative allows each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

A maintainer from the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron services a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

A maintainer from the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron services a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Airmen assigned to the 821st Contingency Response Squadron load cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Guernsey Airport, Wyoming, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Airmen assigned to the 821st Contingency Response Squadron load cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Guernsey Airport, Wyoming, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Airmen assigned to the 821st Contingency Response Squadron load cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Guernsey Airport, Wyoming, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Airmen assigned to the 821st Contingency Response Squadron load cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Guernsey Airport, Wyoming, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Senior Airman Kyle Powell, 821st Contingency Response Squadron, loads cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Guernsey Airport, Wyoming, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Senior Airman Kyle Powell, 821st Contingency Response Squadron, loads cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Guernsey Airport, Wyoming, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron taxis prior to takeoff during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron taxis prior to takeoff during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron flies above the flightline during pre-deployment training at Guernsey Airport, Wyoming, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron flies above the flightline during pre-deployment training at Guernsey Airport, Wyoming, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Airman 1st Class Cameron Bou (left) and Senior Airman Kirk Mumau (right), 41st Airlift Squadron loadmasters, conduct an airdrop over Reed Drop Zone in Colorado July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
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Airman 1st Class Cameron Bou (left) and Senior Airman Kirk Mumau (right), 41st Airlift Squadron loadmasters, conduct an airdrop over Reed Drop Zone in Colorado July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

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Airman 1st Class Cameron Bou (left) and Senior Airman Kirk Mumau (right), 41st Airlift Squadron loadmasters, conduct an airdrop over Reed Drop Zone in Colorado July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Airman 1st Class Cameron Bou, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, prepares a C-130J Super Hercules for loading operations during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
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Airman 1st Class Cameron Bou, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, prepares a C-130J Super Hercules for loading operations during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Airmen assigned to the 821st Contingency Response Squadron load cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Guernsey Airport, Wyoming, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
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Airmen assigned to the 821st Contingency Response Squadron load cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Guernsey Airport, Wyoming, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Airman 1st Class Cameron Bou, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, prepares a C-130J Super Hercules for flight during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
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Airman 1st Class Cameron Bou, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, prepares a C-130J Super Hercules for flight during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Airman 1st Class Cameron Bou, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, prepares a C-130J Super Hercules for flight during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 27, 2020. This training was part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
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Airman 1st Class Cameron Bou, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, prepares a C-130J Super Hercules for flight during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 27, 2020. This training was part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Senior Airman Kirk Mumau, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, prepares a C-130J Super Hercules for flight during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
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Senior Airman Kirk Mumau, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, prepares a C-130J Super Hercules for flight during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

A C-130J Super Hercules prepares for takeoff during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
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A C-130J Super Hercules prepares for takeoff during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 27, 2020. This training is part of the 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron flies above the flightline during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 29, 2020. This training environment helped the 41st AS familiarize the crews to mountainous terrain and high pressure altitudes similar to what they will encounter in their area of responsibility overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
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A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron flies above the flightline during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 29, 2020. This training environment helped the 41st AS familiarize the crews to mountainous terrain and high pressure altitudes similar to what they will encounter in their area of responsibility overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron flies above the flightline during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 29, 2020. This training environment helped the 41st AS familiarize the crews to mountainous terrain and high pressure altitudes similar to what they will encounter in their area of responsibility overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
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A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron flies above the flightline during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado, July 29, 2020. This training environment helped the 41st AS familiarize the crews to mountainous terrain and high pressure altitudes similar to what they will encounter in their area of responsibility overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Pilots from the 41st Airlift Squadron fly a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training in Colorado, July 30, 2020. Throughout the training, the 41st AS was able to perform airdrops, offload cargo, fly low-levels, land on dirt runways, integrate with other wings, operate in low-light environments and navigate topography that the squadron is unable to replicate at home station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
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Pilots from the 41st Airlift Squadron fly a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training in Colorado, July 30, 2020. Throughout the training, the 41st AS was able to perform airdrops, offload cargo, fly low-levels, land on dirt runways, integrate with other wings, operate in low-light environments and navigate topography that the squadron is unable to replicate at home station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Pilots from the 41st Airlift Squadron fly a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training in Colorado, July 30, 2020. Throughout the training, the 41st AS was able to perform airdrops, offload cargo, fly low-levels, land on dirt runways, integrate with other wings, operate in low-light environments and navigate topography that the squadron is unable to replicate at home station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
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Pilots from the 41st Airlift Squadron fly a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training in Colorado, July 30, 2020. Throughout the training, the 41st AS was able to perform airdrops, offload cargo, fly low-levels, land on dirt runways, integrate with other wings, operate in low-light environments and navigate topography that the squadron is unable to replicate at home station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

A pilot from the 41st Airlift Squadron fly a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training in Colorado, July 30, 2020. Throughout the training, the 41st AS was able to perform airdrops, offload cargo, fly low-levels, land on dirt runways, integrate with other wings, operate in low-light environments and navigate topography that the squadron is unable to replicate at home station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
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A pilot from the 41st Airlift Squadron fly a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training in Colorado, July 30, 2020. Throughout the training, the 41st AS was able to perform airdrops, offload cargo, fly low-levels, land on dirt runways, integrate with other wings, operate in low-light environments and navigate topography that the squadron is unable to replicate at home station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Members from the 41st Airlift Squadron and the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard load cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, July 27, 2020. The 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess AFB, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
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Members from the 41st Airlift Squadron and the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard load cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, July 27, 2020. The 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess AFB, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allows each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Members from the 41st Airlift Squadron and the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard load cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, July 27, 2020. The 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess AFB, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
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Members from the 41st Airlift Squadron and the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard load cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, July 27, 2020. The 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess AFB, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allows each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Members from the 41st Airlift Squadron and the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard load cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, July 27, 2020. The 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess AFB, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allowing each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
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Members from the 41st Airlift Squadron and the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard load cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules during pre-deployment training at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, July 27, 2020. The 4/12 deployment initiative, which was developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess AFB, Texas and Little Rock AFB, allows each squadron a full year of dwell time followed by a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Capt. Matthew Calland, 41st Airlift Squadron chief of tactics, inspects his C-130J Super Hercules prior to flight during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colo., July 28, 2020. Throughout the training, the 41st AS was able to perform airdrops, offload cargo, fly low-levels, land on dirt runways, integrate with other wings, operate in low-light environments and navigate topography that the squadron is unable to replicate at home station.
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A pilot from the 41st Airlift Squadron inspects his C-130J Super Hercules prior to flight during pre-deployment training at Montrose Regional Airport, Colo., July 28, 2020. Throughout the training, the 41st AS was able to perform airdrops, offload cargo, fly low-levels, land on dirt runways, integrate with other wings, operate in low-light environments and navigate topography that the squadron is unable to replicate at home station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

MONTROSE, Colo. -- The 41st Airlift Squadron, alongside members from the 19th Operations Support Squadron, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron, traveled to Montrose Regional Airport, Colorado to conduct a two-week pre-deployment training cycle, July 18 to August 1.

Throughout the training, the 41st AS was able to perform airdrops, offload cargo, fly low-levels, land on dirt runways, integrate with other wings, operate in low-light environments and navigate topography that the squadron is unable to replicate at home station.

Utilizing training grounds in the Rocky Mountain region helped familiarize the crews with mountainous terrain and high pressure altitudes similar to what they will encounter in their respective area of responsibility.

“The training that we're getting in Colorado primarily deals with the higher elevation and flying around the mountains, which provides us with the unique opportunity to deal with rapidly changing weather conditions,” said Capt. Matthew Calland, 41st AS chief of tactics. “This challenges our crews to simulate what it will be like on deployment, with different cargo loadouts, instead of just using training loads that we do in Arkansas.”

Over 280 members from LRAFB attended the training in preparation for their upcoming deployment later this year — further validating their ability to operate in any contested environment.

While in Colorado, the 41st AS integrated with the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing by loading rolling cargo to help prepare for an upcoming Agile Combat Employment exercise.

“ACE is very important as it’s what we are focusing on for future conflicts,” Calland said. “It was great to be able to let them experiment with the aircraft, use different loadouts and be able to actually get hands-on experience and then allow them to offload quickly and get the fighters back after the enemy.”

The 821st Contingency Response Squadron at Guernsey Airport, Wyoming, also contributed to the 41st AS training by provided outsized cargo to load on a C-130J Super Hercules.

“Integrating with the 140th Wing and the 821st CRS gives us a different perspective of what we will see downrage,” Senior Airman Kirk Mumau, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster. “This is not what we work with on a daily basis at Little Rock, so it provides us a chance to familiarize ourselves with different cargo that we could encounter.”

Calland said the total force effort ensures all involved are better equipped to handle challenges in a deployed environment.

The ability to host this type of squadron focused training is yet another demonstrated success of the 4/12 deployment initiative.  

Developed in 2019 between airlift squadrons from Dyess AFB, Texas and Little Rock AFB, the 4/12 initiative allows each squadron a full year to train together prior to a four-month rotation to their respective area of responsibility.

“The 4/12 initiative allows us more time to focus on the mission sets we are going to see while deployed,” Calland said. “It also allows us time throughout the year to focus on other mission sets such as going after near-peer adversaries, ACE and full spectrum readiness.”

Ultimately, this ensures all four airlift squadrons are able to focus on their critical role in providing agile combat airlift for the nation’s defense.

“Through this training, the 41st AS became even better prepared to execute downrange,” Calland said, “and we were able to safely execute through the added layer of operating in a coronavirus-contaminated environment.”

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