LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — The 41st Airlift Squadron, along with members of the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 19th Operations Support Squadron, and 913th Airlift Group, recently completed a 10-day off-station training event at International Airport from Stennis, Mississippi, Feb. 8-18, in preparation for an upcoming deployment.
During the off-station training event, Airmen loaded several pieces of difficult cargo, such as the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, completed airdrops, and transported 621st Strike Group Airmen and cargo emergency.
Capt. Nick Gibson, the 41st Off-Station Training Event as Chief of Tactics, said this training event provided Airmen with a venue to challenge and execute impeccable fundamentals in their pre-deployment duties.
“What we want to do is prepare our crews in a controlled training environment by giving them challenging profiles and cargo, pushing them to explore what they can and can’t do with the Block aircraft. 8.1,” Gibson said. “Getting that familiarity, exposure and teamwork now better prepares us for any challenges we may face downstream, regardless of location.”
In addition to challenging crews with unique cargo, loadmasters and pilots worked hand-in-hand to load cargo, improving crew resource management and enabling smaller crews to be more efficient.
“We are always planning and thinking about how we can manage our time and resources more efficiently,” Tech said. sergeant. Luke Tucciarone, 41st AS OST Mission Planner. “If we all work together, it helps us become more efficient and lethal because everyone feels included, valued, and can be fully invested in the fight.”
During planning for the OST, the 41st AS incorporated Airmen from the 19th AMXS and OSS and reserve Airmen from the 327th Airlift Squadron to build interoperability and team cohesion before deploying whole.
“At home station, we have a lot of logistics, maintenance, and operations support, but we’re not going to have that everywhere we go,” Gibson said. “Having everyone train together supports the concept of versatile Airmen, allowing us to learn from each other and be able to operate seamlessly in contested or degraded operational environments.
Working day and night, the Airmen devoted countless hours to ensuring that the training provided deliberate development for each member.
“I’m proud of the Airmen who came here and kept a mission-focused mentality, with an all-hands-on approach,” Tucciarone said. “It was good to see airmen staying on the plane even though they weren’t flying; everything was on deck. What’s really exciting about these off-station training events is that it’s less about who’s supposed to do it and more about how we’re going to do it.