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165th Airlift Squadron supports Alaska National Guard, Operation Joint Patriot

Master Sgt. Clint Stinnett and Staff Sgt. Jerry Passafiume, loadmasters from Kentucky Air National Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron, size up a communications truck July 10, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska, before marshaling it onto a C-130 Hercules aircraft. The truck was bound for Volk Field, Wis., to be used in Operation Joint Patriot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Ketterer)

Master Sgt. Clint Stinnett and Staff Sgt. Jerry Passafiume, loadmasters from Kentucky Air National Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron, size up a communications truck July 10, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska, before marshaling it onto a C-130 Hercules aircraft. The truck was bound for Volk Field, Wis., to be used in Operation Joint Patriot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Ketterer)

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Wormley (left), a flight engineer from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron, helps loadmaster Master Sgt. Clint Stinnett secure a communications truck to the floor of a C-130 aircraft with chains. The truck was bound for Volk Field, Wis., to be used in Operation Joint Patriot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Ketterer)

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Wormley (left), a flight engineer from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron, helps loadmaster Master Sgt. Clint Stinnett secure a communications truck to the floor of a C-130 aircraft with chains. The truck was bound for Volk Field, Wis., to be used in Operation Joint Patriot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Ketterer)

Tech. Sgt. Greg Howard, a crew chief for the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, examines an engine on a C-130 aircraft in Anchorage, Alaska, July 10, 2011. The aircraft and aircrew were in Alaska to transport a communications truck to Wisconsin as part of Operation Joint Patriot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Ketterer)

Tech. Sgt. Greg Howard, a crew chief for the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, examines an engine on a C-130 aircraft in Anchorage, Alaska, July 10, 2011. The aircraft and aircrew were in Alaska to transport a communications truck to Wisconsin as part of Operation Joint Patriot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Ketterer)

Master Sgt. Clint Stinnett and Staff Sgt. Jerry Passafiume, loadmasters assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron, secure 19,410 pounds of cargo to the floor or a C-130 aircraft at Kulis Air National Guard Base in Anchorage, Alaska, July 10, 2011. The aircraft and aircrew were in Alaska to transport a communications truck to Wisconsin as part of Operation Joint Patriot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Ketterer)

Master Sgt. Clint Stinnett and Staff Sgt. Jerry Passafiume, loadmasters assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron, secure 19,410 pounds of cargo to the floor or a C-130 aircraft at Kulis Air National Guard Base in Anchorage, Alaska, July 10, 2011. The aircraft and aircrew were in Alaska to transport a communications truck to Wisconsin as part of Operation Joint Patriot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Ketterer)

Aircrew members from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron begin their approach July 10, 2011, to Louisville International Airport in Louisville, Ky. The Airmen had been supporting Operation Joint Patriot, a multi-service training scenario designed to test homeland-defense capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Greg Howard)

Aircrew members from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron begin their approach July 10, 2011, to Louisville International Airport in Louisville, Ky. The Airmen had been supporting Operation Joint Patriot, a multi-service training scenario designed to test homeland-defense capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Greg Howard)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Members of the Kentucky Air Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron flew to Kulis Air National Guard Base here July 7 to provide airlift for the Alaska Guard's 103rd Civil Support Team.

The Kentucky Airmen were responsible for transporting four troops and a 19,410-pound communications truck from Anchorage to Volk Field, Wis., for Operation Joint Patriot, a multi-service training scenario designed to test homeland-defense capabilities.

The Alaskan contingent's primary job was to respond to a simulated radioactive dispersal device, said Army Staff Sgt. Nicholas Dutton, communications team chief for the 103rd CST.

The communications truck -- delivered courtesy of a 10-hour flight aboard a Kentucky Air Guard C-130 Hercules -- played a crucial role in the scenario, Dutton noted.

"This truck provides reachback for our unit to establish both secure and unsecure Internet connections through satellites, and also interoperability for radio communications," he said.

The 3,000-mile airlift sortie and subsequent download of the truck was just one of hundreds of airlift missions the Kentucky crew and their C-130 aircraft will execute this year.

While many of those missions will support other units and military operations around the world, the 165th Airlift Squadron also provides rapid-response airlift for the operational capabilities of its parent unit, the 123rd Airlift Wing. Those capabilities include special tactics search-and-rescue, expeditionary medical care and a dedicated crisis-response group.