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Exercise enhances 123rd CRG interoperability with Army counterparts

Tech. Sgt. Jason Kennedy, an aerial port specialist assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, directs a cargo palette to a cargo distribution area while supporting Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

Tech. Sgt. Jason Kennedy, an aerial port specialist assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, directs a cargo palette to a cargo distribution area while supporting Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

Capt. Frank Morgan (center) discusses force protection posture with Tech. Sgt. Craig Coale (left) and Staff Sgt. Aaron McGahee, all assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, during Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 23, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

Capt. Frank Morgan (center) discusses force protection posture with Tech. Sgt. Craig Coale (left) and Staff Sgt. Aaron McGahee, all assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, during Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 23, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

Col. Bruce Bancroft, commander of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, directs operations while wearing a chemical warfare defense ensemble during Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

Lt. Col. Donna Stewart, a flight surgeon from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Medical Group, inventories medical supplies in support of Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

Staff Sgt. James Ford, a weather specialist for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, briefs Col. Bruce Bancroft, CRG commander, on the capabilities of weather equipment while supporting Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

Master Sgt. Kyle Goins (left) and Airman First Class Keontay Curry, both communications specialists assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, set up computer systems for Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

Master Sgt. Kyle Goins (left) and Airman First Class Keontay Curry, both communications specialists assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, set up computer systems for Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

Staff Sgt. Donald Reay, an aerial port specialist assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, moves an air-mobile shelter for Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

Senior Airman Marissa Morris, a command post specialist with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, records information about arriving aircraft in support of Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

Lt. Col. Donna Stewart (left), a flight surgeon from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Medical Group, and Chaplain (Maj.) Kerry Wentworth, assigned to the 123rd Airlift Wing, inventory medical supplies supporting Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)
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Staff Sgt. Rhonda McQuay, a signal NCO from the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element, based at Ft. Eustis, Va., checks communications equipment while supporting Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. McQuay, a Madisonville, Ky., native, worked with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening from July 22 to 27. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)
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Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group set up a tent to support exercise Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)
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Staff Sgt. Courtnay Hester, assigned to Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, repairs a generator while supporting Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)
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Staff Sgt. James Keiger (left) and Master Sgt. Paul Edwards, both communications specialists assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, set up computer systems for Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)
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Staff Sgt. Rhonda McQuay, a signal NCO from the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element, based at Ft. Eustis, Va., talks with a Solider while supporting Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. McQuay, a Madisonville, Ky., native, worked with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening from July 22 to 27. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)
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Tech. Sgt. Robert Shipp (left) and Staff Sgt. Randall Kirkland with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Readiness Group discuss a cargo distribution plan during Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 23, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)
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Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group conduct nighttime cargo distribution operations during Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 23, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)
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Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element, based at Ft. Eustis, Va., conduct nighttime operations during Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 23, 2018. The 690th RPOE worked with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)
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Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group conduct nighttime cargo distribution operations during Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 23, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)
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Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element, based at Ft. Eustis, Va., conduct nighttime operations during Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 23, 2018. The 690th RPOE worked with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)
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Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group conduct nighttime cargo distribution operations during Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 23, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)
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Airman 1st Class James McMillen, an aerial port specialist assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, moves cargo to a distribution area while supporting Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)
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Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group conduct cargo off-load operations with a C-130 Hercules during Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 23, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)
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Airman First Class Brandon Guyton, an aerial port specialist assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, moves cargo to a distribution area while supporting Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)
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Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group direct a C-130 Hercules during Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 22, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)
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Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group participate in a weeklong exercise called Operation Huron Thunder at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., from July 22 to 27, 2018. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Allison Stephens)

ALPENA, Mich. --

More than 130 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group joined the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to participate in Operation Huron Thunder, a U.S. Transportation Command exercise held at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Michigan in July.

The exercise was designed to test the rapid assessment and airfield opening capabilities of contingency forces and establish a Joint Task Force-Port Opening — a complete logistics hub and surface distribution network, said Col. Bruce Bancroft, commander of the 123rd CRG. Airmen were responsible for establishing an aerial port of debarkation, which receives and stages cargo arriving by airlift. The Soldiers simultaneously established a ground transportation network, shuttling cargo away from the airfield to a forward node

Although the APOD and the forward node are set up separately, interoperability is key to mission success, Bancroft said. In-Transit Visibility systems and joint communications are a crucial mission set between the geographically separated areas.

"The importance of interoperability with the Army cannot be overstated,” Bancroft said. “Our success on the airfield is directly tied to the RPOE’s ability to keep cargo flowing to the forward node, and this exercise demonstrates the absolute reliance we have on each other to make the mission happen.”

 

One thing the Kentucky Air Guard brought to the exercise was extensive experience operating JTF-POs in the past, Bancroft added. This experience allowed the Airmen and Soldiers to quickly streamline operations and share best practices.

For example, Soldiers from the 690th RPOE began the mission by carrying two radios — one to talk with the forward node and the other to talk with commanders at the APOD. This inefficient system was soon corrected by Master Sgt. Kyle Goins, a communications specialist with the 123rd, who was able to reconfigure the radios so only one was needed.

This on-the-job training was very valuable for Staff Sgt. Rhonda McQuay, a signal NCO from the 690th RPOE, based at Ft. Eustis, Virginia.

“I know this was a learning experience, and I can apply what I learned here to future operations,” said McQuay, a native of Madisonville, Kentucky.

The 123rd CRG’s experience with JTF-POs was readily apparent to Maj. Brett Dunning, commander of the 690th RPOE

“You can tell the 123rd CRG members have been working together for a long time, and they’re helping to instruct my less-experienced soldiers,” Dunning said. “An example of this is downloading cargo directly to flat-rack trucks so they don’t have to handle the cargo twice as it transfers to the forward node.”

“We’ve been involved in the JTF-PO mission for 10 years and have been recognized for multiple best practices,” Bancroft noted. “The opportunity to work with the 690th has been invaluable, and the information exchange was superb.”

The Kentucky unit is the only contingency response group in the Air National Guard. It was recently honored as Air Mobility Command’s 2017 Contingency Response Unit of the Year.