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U.S. Air Force Capt. Jon Clausen, 61st Airlift Squadron pilot, camouflages his face during Green Flag 16-06, April 22, 2016, near Ft. Polk, La. The C-130J aircrew used survival, evasion, resistance and escape skills in order to reach an appointed location to be recovered during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Taylor)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jon Clausen, 61st Airlift Squadron pilot, camouflages his face during Green Flag 16-06, April 22, 2016, near Ft. Polk, La. The C-130J aircrew used survival, evasion, resistance and escape skills in order to reach an appointed location to be recovered during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Taylor)

A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J flies above a drop zone April 22, 2016, near Ft. Polk, La. The Hercules dropped heliboxes, which contained supplies used by U.S. Air Force Airmen undergoing a survival, evasion, resistance and escape training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Taylor)

A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J flies above a drop zone April 22, 2016, near Ft. Polk, La. The Hercules dropped heliboxes, which contained supplies used by U.S. Air Force Airmen undergoing a survival, evasion, resistance and escape training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Taylor)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jon Clausen, 61st Airlift Squadron C-130J pilot, receives a message from a helidrop bundle deployed by a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J aircrew April 22, 2016, near Ft. Polk, La. The message informed the team of details of an intended recovery operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Taylor)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jon Clausen, 61st Airlift Squadron C-130J pilot, receives a message from a helidrop bundle deployed by a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J aircrew April 22, 2016, near Ft. Polk, La. The message informed the team of details of an intended recovery operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Taylor)

U.S. Air Force Airmen review a topographic map during a survival, evasion, resistance and escape exercise April 22, 2016, near Ft. Polk, La. The C-130J aircrew recovered airdropped supplies while awaiting rescue by U.S. service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Taylor)

U.S. Air Force Airmen review a topographic map during a survival, evasion, resistance and escape exercise April 22, 2016, near Ft. Polk, La. The C-130J aircrew recovered airdropped supplies while awaiting rescue by U.S. service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Taylor)

From left, U.S. Air Force Capt. Jon Clausen, 61st Airlift Squadron C-130J pilot, and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Morgridge, 61st Airlift Squadron C-130J loadmaster, review a topographic map April 22, 2016, near Ft. Polk, La. Clausen and Morgridge, along with other aircrew members, used various methods without any radio transmission to be recovered during Green Flag 16-06. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Taylor)

From left, U.S. Air Force Capt. Jon Clausen, 61st Airlift Squadron C-130J pilot, and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Morgridge, 61st Airlift Squadron C-130J loadmaster, review a topographic map April 22, 2016, near Ft. Polk, La. Clausen and Morgridge, along with other aircrew members, used various methods without any radio transmission to be recovered during Green Flag 16-06. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Taylor)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- During Green Flag 16-06, international partnerships played a vital role in mission accomplishment. In one 24-hour iteration of the Green Flag 16-06 exercise, service members from the Royal Australian Air Force provided essential air support to an aircrew from a RAAF C-130J. The crew airdropped critical supplies to a group of U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The 61st AS Airmen found themselves grounded behind enemy lines, as part of the exercise scenario. The aircrew navigated through the woods with no radio transmission but still managed to signal the RAAF C-130J overhead. The RAAF crew airdropped heliboxes with supplies and transferred information to the 61st AS Airmen. The "stranded crew" successfully maneuvered through thick woods, brush and marsh to their extraction point, where the team was recovered by U.S. Army soldiers. Green Flag 16-06 provided realistic, tactical-level, joint combat airlift training for multiple nations. The goal of the exercise was to boost successful communication and relationships built between joint and coalition forces to improve airlift capabilities.
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