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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jerry Martinez, Air Mobility Command Director of Operations, meets with Airfield Operations Airmen from McGuire Air Force base April 18, 2016, at Fort Polk, La., during Green Flag 16-06.  The Royal Australian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force and U.S. Air Force train during Green Flag Little Rock to ensure all aircrew can effectively communicate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jerry Martinez, Air Mobility Command Director of Operations, meets with Airfield Operations Airmen from McGuire Air Force base April 18, 2016, at Fort Polk, La., during Green Flag 16-06. The Royal Australian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force and U.S. Air Force train during Green Flag Little Rock to ensure all aircrew can effectively communicate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jerry Martinez, Air Mobility Command Director of Operations, meets with Royal New Zealand Air Force SERE instructor Sgt. Ryan Turei, April 18, 2016, at Fort Polk, La., during Green Flag 16-06.  Turei worked with Little Rock AFB SERE specialist throughout the week sharing best practices from both countries.  The Royal Australian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force and U.S. Air Force train during Green Flag Little Rock to ensure all aircrew can effectively communicate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jerry Martinez, Air Mobility Command Director of Operations, meets with Royal New Zealand Air Force SERE instructor Sgt. Ryan Turei, April 18, 2016, at Fort Polk, La., during Green Flag 16-06. Turei worked with Little Rock AFB SERE specialist throughout the week sharing best practices from both countries. The Royal Australian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force and U.S. Air Force train during Green Flag Little Rock to ensure all aircrew can effectively communicate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jerry Martinez, Air Mobility Command Director of Operations, discuss the importance on leadership in a deployed location with the 621st Contingency Response Support Squadron commander and his staff, April 18, 2016, at Fort Polk, La., during Green Flag 16-06.  The Royal Australian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force and U.S. Air Force train during Green Flag Little Rock to ensure all aircrew can effectively communicate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jerry Martinez, Air Mobility Command Director of Operations, discuss the importance on leadership in a deployed location with the 621st Contingency Response Support Squadron commander and his staff, April 18, 2016, at Fort Polk, La., during Green Flag 16-06. The Royal Australian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force and U.S. Air Force train during Green Flag Little Rock to ensure all aircrew can effectively communicate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jerry Martinez, Air Mobility Command Director of Operations, meets with SERE specialist from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. and New Zealand, April 18, 2016, at Fort Polk, La., during Green Flag 16-06.  The Royal Australian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force and U.S. Air Force train during Green Flag Little Rock to ensure all aircrew can effectively communicate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jerry Martinez, Air Mobility Command Director of Operations, meets with SERE specialist from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. and New Zealand, April 18, 2016, at Fort Polk, La., during Green Flag 16-06. The Royal Australian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force and U.S. Air Force train during Green Flag Little Rock to ensure all aircrew can effectively communicate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- Green Flag 16-06 provides extensive hands-on training to multiple service members - both joint and coalition forces -- in a short span of time which existed between April 14 to 24, 2016.
Wanting to get a firsthand look at the foundation provided by the 34th Combat Training Squadron, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jerry Martinez, Air Mobility Command Director of Operations, immersed himself into the exercise so he could witness the operations and meet the participants.
Martinez put boots-on-the-ground April 18, 2016, in Fort Polk, Louisiana, to view the main staging area for the exercise and saw quickly why Green Flag is known as the primary exercise for Mobility Air Forces training.
"The 34th CTS is one of the premier training squadrons in our entire command and their reputation is amazing," Martinez said. "They not only train our Airmen, but they work with other departments and other services in order to make our Airmen better."
This particular iteration of Green Flag is unique from previous training exercises because it integrated a large number of international partners participating side-by-side with U.S. Airmen and Soldiers.
"It does us no good to train as if we're going to be a single force," Martinez said. "We work with different countries to better understand each others' tactics, techniques and procedures. You don't want to figure TTP's out when you're on the battlefield; the time to figure those out is while you can do it in a good constructive training environment. That is exactly what we do here and that is why it's so important."
Inclement weather consisting of heavy rain and storms did not deter the general from visiting the troops. The elements only added to illustrate how seriously this training is taken.
"Every time I go out to the field, I get to see my fellow Airmen doing their job and it makes me so proud. I see these individuals -- these young men and women -- who are so smart, so technical, so scientific, and can adapt (to any situation)," said Martinez. "You see them and realize there is a reason we are the best Air Force in the world; it is because of our people."
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