“Maintaining an important balance between the training and employment of our resources is our priority,” said 8 Wing Commander, Colonel Sean Friday. “8 Wing’s active participation in JOAX 13-02 will provide a high readiness training opportunity to our personnel, encompassing the concepts of modern combat and interoperability with our allies.”
Participating squadrons from 8 Wing Trenton are 436 (Transport) Squadron, which will be sending a CC-130J Hercules aircraft, and 429 (Transport) Squadron, which will be sending a CC-177 Globemaster III aircraft, along with their teams of aircrew, maintainers, loadmasters, traffic technicians, and other support staff. This exercise will further hone their skills in planning and executing air operations within a multinational environment.
“Our air mobility support will take the form of tactical airdrop and air transport missions as part of a large multinational package,” said 8 Wing detachment commander, Major Tyler Holland. “In this exercise, our team will be able to validate our knowledge and skills in operating out of a deployed operating base.”
This exercise is hosted by the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division. The Canadian participation includes the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, and other soldiers from 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, and air mobility assets of the Royal Canadian Air Force out of 8 Wing Trenton. The exercise will employ tactical and strategic airlift platforms, heavy weapons and paratroopers and will integrate a U.S.-Canadian wings exchange.
Colonel Friday noted that Canadians have a long history of working jointly with other nations. “Exercises such as JOAX are valuable as we get to work with our allies under realistic training scenarios, exchange best practices, and learn how we can better operate with other nations’ militaries.”