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Mobility Guardian 21: Super Hercules night flight

An Airman reviews a checklist

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jorge Villarreal, a loadmaster assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron, reviews a cargo checklist on a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Conducted biennially, Mobility Guardian is the Air Force’s only formal, Total Force, service-level mechanism for assessing and validating capabilities in Rapid Global Mobility missions specified and implied within the 2018 National Defense Strategy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

An Airman preforms a pre-flight inspection of a C-130J

U.S. Air Force Maj. Austin Merkel, a pilot assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron, performs a preflight inspection of a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Mobility Guardian accelerates change for the Air Force and Air Mobility Command by developing the force and advancing warfighting capabilities to enhance our ability to project the Joint Force and ensure strategic deterrence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

Airmen prepare to load container delivery systems

Aircrew members assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron and air transportation specialists assigned to wings throughout Air Mobility Command prepare to load container delivery systems onto a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Mobility Guardian incorporates 1800 personnel across the joint force and the robust integration of 18 mobility aircraft, fighters, bombers, special operations forces and field artillery, dispersed in 6 locations simulating geographically-diverse operating locations to conduct all-domain operations against a highly-capable adversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

An Airman speaks to another Airman

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lauren Vacila, right, an aerial transportation specialist assigned to the 437th Aerial Port Squadron, speaks to U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jorge Villarreal, a loadmaster assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron, at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Mobility Guardian brings together robust and relevant, scenario-based full spectrum readiness training with Combat Air, Joint and Total Force partners to improve performance in mission essential tasks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

An Airman review pre-flight paperwork

U.S. Air Force Maj. Austin Merkel, a pilot assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron, reviews flight paperwork on a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Mobility Guardian accelerates change for the Air Force and Air Mobility Command by developing the force and advancing warfighting capabilities to enhance our ability to project the Joint Force and ensure strategic deterrence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

An Airman inspects a container delivery system

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jorge Villarreal, a loadmaster assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron, inspects container delivery systems at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Conducted biennially, Mobility Guardian is the Air Force’s only formal, Total Force, service-level mechanism for assessing and validating capabilities in Rapid Global Mobility missions specified and implied within the 2018 National Defense Strategy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

Airmen conduct a briefing

Aircrew members assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron conduct a brief at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Mobility Guardian incorporates 1800 personnel across the joint force and the robust integration of 18 mobility aircraft, fighters, bombers, special operations forces and field artillery, dispersed in 6 locations simulating geographically-diverse operating locations to conduct all-domain operations against a highly-capable adversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

An Airman guides a K-loader

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jorge Villarreal, a loadmaster assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron, guides a K-loader to the ramp of a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Mobility Guardian incorporates 1800 personnel across the joint force and the robust integration of 18 mobility aircraft, fighters, bombers, special operations forces and field artillery, dispersed in 6 locations simulating geographically-diverse operating locations to conduct all-domain operations against a highly-capable adversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

An Airman transfers a container delivery system

An aerial transportation specialist assigned to Air Mobility Command transfers a container delivery system onto a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Mobility Guardian incorporates 1800 personnel across the joint force and the robust integration of 18 mobility aircraft, fighters, bombers, special operations forces and field artillery, dispersed in 6 locations simulating geographically-diverse operating locations to conduct all-domain operations against a highly-capable adversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

An Airman operates a K-loader
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lauren Vacila, an air transportation specialist assigned to the 437th Aerial Port Squadron, operates a K-loader at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Mobility Guardian incorporates 1800 personnel across the joint force and the robust integration of 18 mobility aircraft, fighters, bombers, special operations forces and field artillery, dispersed in 6 locations simulating geographically-diverse operating locations to conduct all-domain operations against a highly-capable adversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

An Airman scans the horizon
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Noah Lovett, an aircraft avionics specialist assigned to the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, scans the horizon at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Conducted biennially, Mobility Guardian is the Air Force’s only formal, Total Force, service-level mechanism for assessing and validating capabilities in Rapid Global Mobility missions specified and implied within the 2018 National Defense Strategy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

An aircraft flies above the flightline
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A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing flies above Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Mobility Guardian incorporates 1800 personnel across the joint force and the robust integration of 18 mobility aircraft, fighters, bombers, special operations forces and field artillery, dispersed in 6 locations simulating geographically-diverse operating locations to conduct all-domain operations against a highly-capable adversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

Airmen transfer a container delivery system
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Miguel Garcia, left, an air transportation specialist assigned to the 62nd Aerial Port Squadron, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kevin Phillips, an air transportation specialist assigned to the 437th APS, transfer a container delivery system onto a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Mobility Guardian brings together robust and relevant, scenario-based full spectrum readiness training with Combat Air, Joint and Total Force partners to improve performance in mission essential tasks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

Airmen load a container delivery system
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Aircrew members assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron and air transportation specialists assigned to wings throughout Air Mobility Command load container delivery systems onto a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Mobility Guardian incorporates 1500 personnel across the joint force and the robust integration of 18 mobility aircraft fighters, bombers, special operations forces and field artillery, dispersed in 6 locations simulating geographically-diverse operating locations to conduct all-domain operations against a highly-capable adversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

Airmen preform a pre-flight check of a C-130J
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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Morgan Eckert, a pilot assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron, performs preflight checks on a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Mobility Guardian accelerates change for the Air Force and Air Mobility Command by developing the force and advancing warfighting capabilities to enhance our ability to project the Joint Force and ensure strategic deterrence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

Airmen review a cargo checklist
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jorge Villarreal, left, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jacob Carpenter, loadmasters assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron, review cargo checklists on a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Mobility Guardian accelerates change for the Air Force and Air Mobility Command by developing the force and advancing warfighting capabilities to enhance our ability to project the Joint Force and ensure strategic deterrence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

An Airman performs an engine check
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jorge Villarreal, a loadmaster assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron, performs an engine check on a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Mobility Guardian incorporates 1800 personnel across the joint force and the robust integration of 18 mobility aircraft, fighters, bombers, special operations forces and field artillery, dispersed in 6 locations simulating geographically-diverse operating locations to conduct all-domain operations against a highly-capable adversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

Airmen guide pilots operating a C-130J
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jorge Villarreal, left, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jacob Carpenter, loadmasters assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron, guide pilots operating a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, May 21, 2021. Conducted biennially, Mobility Guardian is the Air Force’s only formal, Total Force, service-level mechanism for assessing and validating capabilities in Rapid Global Mobility missions specified and implied within the 2018 National Defense Strategy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

Airmen pilot a C-130J
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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Morgan Eckert, left, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Austin Merkel, pilots assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron, operate a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing above Wisconsin, May 21, 2021. Mobility Guardian incorporates 100 personnel across the joint force and the robust integration of 18 mobility aircraft, fighters, bombers, special operations forces and field artillery, dispersed in 6 locations simulating geographically-diverse operating locations to conduct all-domain operations against a highly-capable adversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

An Airman pilots a C-130J
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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Morgan Eckert, a pilot assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron, operates a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing above Wisconsin, May 21, 2021. Mobility Guardian accelerates change for the Air Force and Air Mobility Command by developing the force and advancing warfighting capabilities to enhance our ability to project the Joint Force and ensure strategic deterrence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

Airmen scan the horizon
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jacob Carpenter, left, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jorge Villarreal, loadmasters assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron, scan the horizon in a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing above Michigan, May 21, 2021. Mobility Guardian incorporates 1800 personnel across the joint force and the robust integration of 18 mobility aircraft, fighters, bombers, special operations forces and field artillery, dispersed in 6 locations simulating geographically-diverse operating locations to conduct all-domain operations against a highly-capable adversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick)

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