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Kentucky Air Guard supports Cope South in Bangladesh

KURMITOLA AIR BASE, Bangladesh —Staff Sgt. Chris Larimore, communication navigation specialist, Kentucky Air National Guard from Shepherdsville, KY, plugs a C-130H aircraft to protect against debris as part of post-flight procedures during Cope South 2012 at Kurmitola Air Base, Bangladesh, April 21, 2012.  During Cope South 2012, U.S. and Bangladesh Air Forces will exchange airlift, air-land, and airdrop delivery techniques that will enhance the ability to respond to regional disasters. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt Cammie Quinn)

KURMITOLA AIR BASE, Bangladesh — Staff Sgt. Chris Larimore, a communications navigation specialist from the Kentucky Air National Guard, plugs a C-130H aircraft to protect against debris damage as part of post-flight procedures during Cope South 2012 at Kurmitola Air Base, Bangladesh, April 21, 2012. During Cope South 2012, U.S. and Bangladesh Air Forces will exchange airlift, air-land, and airdrop delivery techniques that will enhance the ability to respond to regional disasters. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt Cammie Quinn)

KURMITOLA AIR BASE, Bangladesh -- U.S. Air Force Maj. Matt Quenichet, Cope South mission commander, Kentucky Air National Guard, speaks with Bangladesh Air Force Tanvir Reza, 101 Special Flying Unit Squadron commander before the kickoff of Cope South 2012 at Kurmitola Air Base, Bangladesh, April 21, 2012. Cope South 2012 helps cultivate common bonds, foster goodwill and improve readiness and interoperability between members of the Bangladesh and U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt Cammie Quinn)

KURMITOLA AIR BASE, Bangladesh -- U.S. Air Force Maj. Matt Quenichet, Cope South mission commander and a member of the Kentucky Air National Guard, speaks with Bangladesh Air Force member Tanvir Reza, 101st Special Flying Unit Squadron commander, before the kickoff of Cope South 2012 at Kurmitola Air Base, Bangladesh, April 21, 2012. Cope South 2012 helps cultivate common bonds, foster goodwill and improve readiness and interoperability between members of the Bangladesh and U.S. Air Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt Cammie Quinn)

KURMITOLA AIR BASE, Bangladesh --Tech. Sgt. Joshua Shelby, loadmaster, Kentucky Air National Guard, shared his knowledge of heavy equipment airdrop procedures with an audience of more than 20 Bangladesh air force airmen at Kurmitola Air Base, Bangladesh, April 22, 2012.

KURMITOLA AIR BASE, Bangladesh --Tech. Sgt. Joshua Shelby, a loadmaster with the Kentucky Air National Guard, shares his knowledge of heavy equipment airdrop procedures with an audience of more than 20 Bangladesh air force airmen at Kurmitola Air Base, Bangladesh, April 22, 2012.

KURMITOLA AIR BASE, Bangladesh --Tech. Sgt. Joshua Shelby, loadmaster, Kentucky Air National Guard, sits in on a briefing with more than 20 Bangladesh air force airmen at Kurmitola Air Base, Bangladesh, April 22, 2012. Cope South is a six-day exercise where participants are scheduled to conduct cooperative flight operations, to include aircraft generation and recovery, low-level navigation, tactical airdrop and air-land missions as well as conduct subject-matter expert exchanges in the operations, maintenance and rigging disciplines. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Cammie Quinn)

KURMITOLA AIR BASE, Bangladesh --Tech. Sgt. Joshua Shelby, a loadmaster with the Kentucky Air National Guard, sits in on a briefing with more than 20 Bangladesh air force airmen at Kurmitola Air Base, Bangladesh, April 22, 2012, as part of Cope South. Participants are scheduled to conduct cooperative flight operations, to include aircraft generation and recovery, low-level navigation, tactical airdrop and air-land missions as well as conduct subject-matter expert exchanges in the operations, maintenance and rigging disciplines. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Cammie Quinn)

Master Sgt. Mark Crane, flight engineer, Kentucky Air National Guard, and Bangladesh Air Force Sgt. Mohammad Moniruzzaman, flight engineer,  monitor aircraft conditions during a flight in support of exercise Cope South at Kurmitola Air Base, Bangladesh, on April 25, 2012. C-130 flight engineers monitor aircraft engine systems, determine the performance of the aircraft and manage checklists during each flight. Exercise Cope South 12 is a bilateral tactical airlift exercise conducted between the two air forces scheduled through April 26, 2012.    (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt Cammie Quinn)

Master Sgt. Mark Crane, a flight engineer with the Kentucky Air National Guard, and Bangladesh Air Force Sgt. Mohammad Moniruzzaman, flight engineer, monitor aircraft conditions during a flight in support of exercise Cope South at Kurmitola Air Base, Bangladesh, on April 25, 2012. C-130 flight engineers monitor aircraft engine systems, determine the performance of the aircraft and manage checklists during each flight. Exercise Cope South 12 is a bilateral tactical airlift exercise conducted between the two air forces scheduled through April 26, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt Cammie Quinn)

KURMITOLA AIR BASE, Bangladesh -- A loadmaster from the Kentucky Air National Guard shared his knowledge of heavy-equipment airdrop procedures with a group of more than 20 Bangladesh Air Force Airmen here April 22.

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Shelby was one of more than 65 U.S. troops who participated in Cope South 2012, a bilateral tactical airlift exercise conducted with the Bangladesh and U.S. Air Forces from April 21 to 26. Participants worked side-by-side throughout the exercise to enhance readiness, cultivate common bonds and foster goodwill between members of both air forces.

Approximately 25 of the participants were Airmen from the Kentucky Air Guard, while the rest of the American Forces came from the Georgia Air National Guard and Yokota, Kadena and Misawa Air Bases in Japan.

The Guardsmen deployed with two C-130H aircraft, while the Bangladesh Air Force contributed one AN-32 transport.

Cope South participants exchanged airlift, air-land and airdrop delivery techniques, according to Maj. Matt Quenichet, Cope South mission commander for the Kentucky Air National Guard. They also developed and expanded combined airlift capabilities with the Bangladesh Air Force.

Shelby shared the effect of air speed, altitude and wind speeds on parachutes after deployment from a C-130 and discussed other conditions to consider when conducting an air drop.

"The Bangladesh air force may be able to integrate some of our procedures into theirs," Shelby said. "This exchange allows us to share our capabilities, discuss different methods and demonstrate how to do everything safely."

Safety and terrain maneuvering are paramount issues for the Bangladesh Air Force.
"In our country, we practice more with paratroopers," said Maj. Arman Chokldhuvy, a Bangladesh squadron commander.

"We want to experience how the U.S. Air Force flies in our terrain and use it to help guide us to be safer in low-level flying during airdrops and deliveries."

The major said his team was especially interested in learning "different flying techniques and aspects of flight to assist us with delivering heavy loads for disaster-management missions."

Exercise participants covered a variety of subjects while conducting cooperative flight operations, including low-level navigation and aircraft generation and recovery. They also shared information in the operations, maintenance and rigging disciplines.

All these skills enhance the ability of forces to respond to regional disasters, according to Quenichet.
He said much of the training focused on "low-cost, low-altitude" airdrop techniques that are useful when responding to situations like floods.

Team members also focused on enhanced interoperability, Quenichet said, partly by trading places with each other.

Master Sgt. Mark Crane, a Kentucky Air Guard flight engineer, swapped cockpit seats with his Bangladesh counterpart during an April 25 training flight so Sgt. Mohammad Moniruzzaman could gain a better understanding of C-130H systems, equipment and checklists.

"I gave Sgt. Moniruzzaman the option to sit where I do to get the whole picture from the actual seat, rather than standing behind to watch as I work," Crane said. "The hands-on interaction is important and allows our guests to become fully immersed in the process."
The flight was the first training interaction Moniruzzaman has had with the U.S. Air Force and C-130H aircraft.

"It was interesting, and I enjoyed seeing the different models," said Moniruzzaman, a flight engineer. "It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

The Bangladesh Air Force flies a C-130B model, while the U.S. Air Force flies the C-130H and C-130J models. The airframes are similar but use different pressurization, engine and avionics systems.

Cope South allowed the Kentucky Airmen to "provide first-hand experiences and demonstrate new capabilities with our counterparts," Crane said.

"The Airmen ask a lot of questions and are very knowledgeable about their own aircraft."