Mobility Airman support massive U.S.-Australian exercise

A KC-135 Stratotanker refuels a B-52 Stratofortress July 13 over the Pacific Ocean during Talisman Saber 09, a U.S. Pacific Command-directed, bilateral command post and field-training exercise designed to maintain a high level of interoperability between U.S. and Australian forces..  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Bush)

A KC-135 Stratotanker refuels a B-52 Stratofortress July 13 over the Pacific Ocean during Talisman Saber 09, a U.S. Pacific Command-directed, bilateral command post and field-training exercise designed to maintain a high level of interoperability between U.S. and Australian forces.. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Bush)

OVER AUSTRALIA -- Capt. Douglas Snead flies a C-17 Globemaster III toward a KC-10 Extender for aerial refueling June 17 before an airdrop mission supporting Talisman Saber 2005. Captain Snead is assigned to 8th Airlift Squadron at McChord Air Force Base, Wash.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rick Sforza)

OVER AUSTRALIA -- Capt. Douglas Snead flies a C-17 Globemaster III toward a KC-10 Extender for aerial refueling June 17 before an airdrop mission supporting Talisman Saber 2005. Captain Snead is assigned to 8th Airlift Squadron at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rick Sforza)

Scott Air Force Base, Ill. --

Mobility Airmen, including C-17 and KC-135 aircrews from across the U.S., will join more than 28,000 of their fellow Airmen, Soldiers, and Sailors, and Australian counterparts in northern Australia for Exercise Talisman Saber 2013.

 Talisman Saber is a biennial training activity jointly sponsored by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Joint Operations Command and the U.S. Pacific Command to train forces from both nations to operate as a combined joint task force. The Air Mobility Command contribution to the team will include C-17 air crews from the 62nd Airlift Wing, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. and the 437th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, S.C., supported by KC-135 Stratotankers from the 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. 

As part of the exercise, Mobility Airmen will support the air drop of more than 400 U.S. Soldiers as well as a combined air drop of cargo alongside the Royal Australian Air Force. Australian Talisman Saber 2013 spokesman Brigadier Bob Brown said the exercise would mobilize both nation's forces to react to a "peace enforcement" scenario, with the combined task force setting the conditions for hand-off of responsibilities to a follow-on United Nations peacekeeping force.

 "Talisman Saber is a unique and invaluable opportunity to exercise combined and joint Defence capability between Australia and the US. As with the previous Talisman Saber exercises, this activity is a major undertaking reflecting the Australian and US alliance and the strength of the military-to-military relationship," Brigadier Brown said.

 Approximately 21,000 US and 7,000 Australian Defence Force personnel will be involved in the exercise, along with other Australian Government agencies including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, AusAID, Australian Federal Police, and Australian Civil-Military Centre.  Talisman Saber 2013 runs from July 15 until Aug. 6, 2013.