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133rd Airlift Wing’s “Snow Birds” Fly South for a Training Exercise

Airmen from the 109th Airlift Squadron conduct a low-cost, low-altitude airdrop in Yuma, Ariz. Feb., 25, 2014. The Airmen are making use of the warm climate to accomplish six-months of airdrops and other annual training requirements in a six-day time period.
(U.S. Air National Guard photo Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/ Released)

Airmen from the 109th Airlift Squadron conduct a low-cost, low-altitude airdrop in Yuma, Ariz. Feb., 25, 2014. The Airmen are making use of the warm climate to accomplish six-months of airdrops and other annual training requirements in a six-day time period. (U.S. Air National Guard photo Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/ Released)

Tech. Sgt. Jeff Caroon, 109th Airlift Squadron, walks on top of a C-130 Hercules in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2014. Caroon is performing a routine pre-flight check.
(U.S. Air National photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/ Released)

Tech. Sgt. Jeff Caroon, 109th Airlift Squadron, walks on top of a C-130 Hercules in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2014. Caroon is performing a routine pre-flight check. (U.S. Air National photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/ Released)

Senior Master Sgt. Mark Norman, left, and Senior Airman Sam Leebens, loadmasters with the 109th Airlift Squadron wait to release a pallet during a low-cost, low-altitude airdrop in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 24, 2014. Loadmasters oversee the release of the cargo during the airdrop. 
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/ Released)

Senior Master Sgt. Mark Norman, left, and Senior Airman Sam Leebens, loadmasters with the 109th Airlift Squadron wait to release a pallet during a low-cost, low-altitude airdrop in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 24, 2014. Loadmasters oversee the release of the cargo during the airdrop. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/ Released)

Master Sgt. Tom Heckman, 133rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, sits on the wing of a C-130 Hercules in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2014. Heckman is conducting a pre-flight inspection. 
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Master Sgt. Tom Heckman, 133rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, sits on the wing of a C-130 Hercules in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2014. Heckman is conducting a pre-flight inspection. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Senior Airman Trevor Norman, right, guides Staff Sgt. Alex Palmer to the heavy load pallet in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 25, 2014. Norman and Palmer are two of four assigned to the recovery team. This team is responsible for recovering the training pallets released from the Minnesota Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft. 
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Senior Airman Trevor Norman, right, guides Staff Sgt. Alex Palmer to the heavy load pallet in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 25, 2014. Norman and Palmer are two of four assigned to the recovery team. This team is responsible for recovering the training pallets released from the Minnesota Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Master Sgt. Aran Stromberg, left, inspects the load plan with Senior Airman Bill Hanson, both from the 109th Airlift Squadron, in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2014. The flight was a check-ride mission for Hanson, during which he was evaluated on his skills as a loadmaster.
(U.S. Air National photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/ Released)

Master Sgt. Aran Stromberg, left, inspects the load plan with Senior Airman Bill Hanson, both from the 109th Airlift Squadron, in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2014. The flight was a check-ride mission for Hanson, during which he was evaluated on his skills as a loadmaster. (U.S. Air National photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/ Released)

A Minnesota Air National Guard C-130 Hercules taxis off the Marine Corps Air Station ramp in Yuma, Ariz. Feb. 26, 2014. Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing and 109th Airlift Squadron are making use of the warm climate to accomplish six-months of airdrops and other annual training requirements in a six-day time period.
(U.S. Air National Guard photo Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/ Released)

A Minnesota Air National Guard C-130 Hercules taxis off the Marine Corps Air Station ramp in Yuma, Ariz. Feb. 26, 2014. Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing and 109th Airlift Squadron are making use of the warm climate to accomplish six-months of airdrops and other annual training requirements in a six-day time period. (U.S. Air National Guard photo Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/ Released)

Airmen from the 109th Airlift Squadron conduct a low-cost, low-altitude airdrop in Yuma, Ariz. Feb., 24, 2014. The Airmen are making use of the warm climate to knockout six-months of training in six days.
(U.S. Air National Guard photo Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/ Released)

Airmen from the 109th Airlift Squadron conduct a low-cost, low-altitude airdrop in Yuma, Ariz. Feb., 24, 2014. The Airmen are making use of the warm climate to knockout six-months of training in six days. (U.S. Air National Guard photo Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/ Released)

Staff Sgt. Crystal DuBois, 133rd Logistic Readiness Squadron, Small Air Terminal Section, spins a parachute in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 25, 2014. DuBois is one of four Airmen assigned to the recovery team. This team is responsible for recovering the training pallets released from the Minnesota Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft. 
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Staff Sgt. Crystal DuBois, 133rd Logistic Readiness Squadron, Small Air Terminal Section, spins a parachute in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 25, 2014. DuBois is one of four Airmen assigned to the recovery team. This team is responsible for recovering the training pallets released from the Minnesota Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Airmen from the 109th Airlift Squadron prepare for take-off in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2014. The Airmen are making use of the warm climate to accomplish six-months of airdrops and other annual training requirements in a six-day time period.
(U.S. Air National Guard photo Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/ Released)
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Airmen from the 109th Airlift Squadron prepare for take-off in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2014. The Airmen are making use of the warm climate to accomplish six-months of airdrops and other annual training requirements in a six-day time period. (U.S. Air National Guard photo Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/ Released)

Staff Sgt. Bill Sauerer, 109th Airlift Squadron, cuts the strap to a containerized delivery system load in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2014.  The CDS load simulates mission essential equipment such as vehicles, ammunition or rations being released from the C-130 Hercules.
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)
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Staff Sgt. Bill Sauerer, 109th Airlift Squadron, cuts the strap to a containerized delivery system load in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2014. The CDS load simulates mission essential equipment such as vehicles, ammunition or rations being released from the C-130 Hercules. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Yuma, Ariz.- --

Airmen from the 109th Airlift Squadron and 133rd Airlift Wing make use of warmer temperatures to accomplish six-months of airdrops and other annual training requirements in a six-day time period in Yuma, Ariz., during Mar., 1, 2014.

 

The training provided a wide range of unique challenges that can't be reproduced in Minnesota. For the flight crews, the skies over Yuma Proving Grounds introduced unfamiliar terrain and high aircraft traffic volume. For the traditional Airmen, they were exposed to training beyond the normal Unit Training Assembly weekend. In addition, the newer Airmen had to adapt to the quick turnaround between the day and evening flights.

 

"Yuma is an exercise for the entire base. While in the planning stages, we try to engage as much of the Wing that wants to be part of the exercise. If there is a unit on base that thinks that they can receive good training, then we want to give them the opportunity to be part of it, " said Maj. Kevin Roche, mission commander for the training event.

 

The Yuma training mission requires support from the entire base, including Airmen from the109th Airlift Squadron, 133rd Operation Support Squadron, 133rd Airlift Control Flight, 133rd Maintenance Group, 133rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, 133rd Commutations Flight and Public Affairs, for a total of 135 Airmen.

 

"Absolutely, hands down, without a question, the Yuma training mission was a success. We got a lot of training completed on all different levels," commented Maj. Roche on the outcome of the Yuma training mission.