Pelicans solidify new capabilities, strengthen joint force integration during Bamboo Eagle

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  • By Senior Airman Christian Silvera
  • 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Airmen and C-17 Globemaster IIIs assigned to the 14th Airlift Squadron participated in the first-ever iteration of exercise Bamboo Eagle , covering the western region of the United States and parts of the Pacific alongside joint and allied forces, Jan. 24-Feb. 3, 2024.

The U.S. Air Force Warfare Center conducted the inaugural exercise with the aim of creating an environment conducive for expeditionary air bases to undergo training and certify force elements within the relevant Air Force Generation phase.

The Pelicans rehearsed agile combat employment, or ACE,  tactics and synchronized operations with joint and coalition partners to exercise meeting the demands of future high-end conflicts.

The 14th AS commander, Lt. Col. Daniel Naske, emphasized the importance of integrating with joint and allied forces.

“In the event of a future fight, this is not going to be a United States Air Force fight, it is going to be a fight with the Navy, Army, Marine Corps, and our allied partners,” Naske said. “Our joint and allied partners are critical in ensuring we are all victorious in future conflict.”

Collaborating closely with Marines from the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, the U.K. Royal Air Force, and various joint partners, aircrew aboard the C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft were tasked with rapidly on and off-loading diverse amounts of cargo to different hubs and spokes.

During one mission of the exercise, the aircraft quickly on-loaded a battalion of Marines along with their assets, and flew them to a “spoke”—a different location that provides strategic support and enables deployment to remote regions.

“We are here to transport what our partners need, when and where they need it,” Naske said. “Our role in this exercise is to execute distributed operations through hubs and spokes in order to provide logistic capabilities to different joint force players in a simulated future fight environment.”