JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Maintainers with the 62d Airlift Wing, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, are vital to the success of C-17 Globemaster III operations during Exercise RED-FLAG, Alaska 23-1 and Exercise Rainier War 22B.

RED FLAG-Alaska is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. forces, providing joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment.

Exercise Rainier War is a full-scale readiness exercise with an Force Generation prioritization; demonstrating the ability to generate, employ and sustain a combat force during a rigorous wartime scenario.

“We’re up here in Alaska working in different conditions to learn about the types of unique training required for future deployments,” said Tech. Sgt. Chase Gautschi, 62d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-17 Globemaster III flying crew chief. “We are practicing how to get aircraft ready for flights, how to ensure we support the aircrew and also how to integrate with other maintenance units, as well as other airframes and countries.”

Participating in Red Flag -Alaska in conjunction with Exercise Rainier War is an opportunity for members from the 62d AW to ensure precise training across multiple weeks.

“I think combining RED FLAG-Alaska with Exercise Rainier War makes sense because it gives us all the chance to really focus on the deployment mindset,” said Gautschi. “This is what we do no matter where we go. There’s always challenges because the conditions are not like back at home station. These exercises really make us focus on the Multi-capable Airmen concept to get out of our comfort zones, think outside the box, and come up with solutions.”

Maintenance crews worked countless hours across both day and evening shifts in order to ensure the aircraft were able to meet exercise requirements.

“This is my first time participating in an exercise of this large scale and I’m having a really good experience,” said Senior Airman David Jones, 62d AMXS crew chief. “I haven’t deployed yet so this is a good opportunity for me to experience what it will be like and prepare myself.”