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123rd Contingency Response Group establishes aerial port during California exercise

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Joshua Selby, ramp coordinator with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, prepares to drill into the runway at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., to get a core sample to test the strength of the concrete on March 6, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Joshua Selby, ramp coordinator with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, prepares to drill into the runway at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., to get a core sample to test the strength of the concrete on March 6, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group use a Halvorsen Loader to off-load cargo from a New York Air National Guard C-130 at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., during Operation Lumberjack on March 9, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during the week-long exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group use a Halvorsen Loader to off-load cargo from a New York Air National Guard C-130 at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., during Operation Lumberjack on March 9, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during the week-long exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group prepare to unload a Wyoming Air National Guard C-130 Hercules at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 8, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group prepare to unload a Wyoming Air National Guard C-130 Hercules at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 8, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

A Wyoming Air National Guard C-130 Hercules lands next to the 123rd Contingency Response Group’s Hardened Expeditionary Light Air Mobile Shelter at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., during Operation Lumberjack on March 9, 2016. The 123rd CRG, a unit of the Kentucky Air National Guard, is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during the week-long exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing capability for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

A Wyoming Air National Guard C-130 Hercules lands next to the 123rd Contingency Response Group’s Hardened Expeditionary Light Air Mobile Shelter at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., during Operation Lumberjack on March 9, 2016. The 123rd CRG, a unit of the Kentucky Air National Guard, is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during the week-long exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing capability for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

U.S. Army Spc. Anthony Bryant, a motor transport operator for the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, drives a Load Handling System vehicle to transport cargo to the forward operating node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond the forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

U.S. Army Spc. Anthony Bryant, a motor transport operator for the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, drives a Load Handling System vehicle to transport cargo to the forward operating node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond the forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Phil Seif, a communications specialist with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, sets up a communication satellite at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 7, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Phil Seif, a communications specialist with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, sets up a communication satellite at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 7, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

U.S. Army Spc. Courtney Brown, an all-terrain forklift driver and cargo strapper for the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, unstraps cargo after arriving at the forward operating node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond the forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

U.S. Army Spc. Courtney Brown, an all-terrain forklift driver and cargo strapper for the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, unstraps cargo after arriving at the forward operating node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond the forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element use a Load Handling System to unload cargo at the forward operating node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond the forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element use a Load Handling System to unload cargo at the forward operating node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond the forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group set up a Halvorsen Loader to unload cargo from aircraft at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., during Operation Lumberjack on March 7, 2016. The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd CRG, the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency are all participating in the week-long exercise. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group set up a Halvorsen Loader to unload cargo from aircraft at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., during Operation Lumberjack on March 7, 2016. The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd CRG, the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency are all participating in the week-long exercise. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Facial Liban (right), a traffic management specialist for the Defense Logistics Agency's Support Team Black, and Capt. Paul Haslam, Black Team commander, prepare operational reports at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 7, 2016. The Defense Logistics Agency is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)
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Facial Liban (right), a traffic management specialist for the Defense Logistics Agency's Support Team Black, and Capt. Paul Haslam, Black Team commander, prepare operational reports at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 7, 2016. The Defense Logistics Agency is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

U.S. Air Force Capt. James Embry, air operations officer with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, communicates joint mission-essential tasks to higher headquarters at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 6, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. James Embry, air operations officer with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, communicates joint mission-essential tasks to higher headquarters at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 6, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard, soldiers from the U.S. Army and specialists from the Defense Logistics Agency conduct Operation Lumberjack at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., March 6-11, 2016. The Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group is working in conjunction with the Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the DLA to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during the week-long exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)
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Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard, soldiers from the U.S. Army and specialists from the Defense Logistics Agency conduct Operation Lumberjack at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., March 6-11, 2016. The Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group is working in conjunction with the Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the DLA to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during the week-long exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)

U.S. Air Force Col. David Mounkes, commander of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, discusses ground operations with U.S. Army Capt. Michael Siddal, commander of the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, during Operation Lumberjack at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., March 9, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the 688th RPOE and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during the week-long exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)
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U.S. Air Force Col. David Mounkes, commander of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, discusses ground operations with U.S. Army Capt. Michael Siddal, commander of the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, during Operation Lumberjack at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., March 9, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the 688th RPOE and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during the week-long exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)

U.S. Army Pfc. Kenneth Gaud, a cargo specialist for the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, straps cargo to a pallet at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., during Operation Lumberjack on March 8, 2016. The 688th RPOE, the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency are all participating in the week-long exercise. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)
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U.S. Army Pfc. Kenneth Gaud, a cargo specialist for the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, straps cargo to a pallet at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., during Operation Lumberjack on March 8, 2016. The 688th RPOE, the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency are all participating in the week-long exercise. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Kumetis, a fire team member from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Security Forces Squadron, protects an Aerial Port of Debarkation that was established by the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., during Operation Lumberjack on March 8, 2016. The 123rd CRG, the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency are all participating in the week-long exercise. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Kumetis, a fire team member from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Security Forces Squadron, protects an Aerial Port of Debarkation that was established by the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., during Operation Lumberjack on March 8, 2016. The 123rd CRG, the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency are all participating in the week-long exercise. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element drive a Load Handling System vehicle to the forward operating node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., to unload cargo March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond the forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)
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Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element drive a Load Handling System vehicle to the forward operating node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., to unload cargo March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond the forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element secure equipment for transport to the forward node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., March 7, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)
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Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element secure equipment for transport to the forward node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., March 7, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group keep watch over the flight line at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 7, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)
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Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group keep watch over the flight line at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 7, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group unload cargo from a Wyoming Air National Guard C-130 at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 8, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)
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Aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group unload cargo from a Wyoming Air National Guard C-130 at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 8, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element secure equipment for transport from the forward node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing capability for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)
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Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element secure equipment for transport from the forward node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing capability for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)

Operations tents set up by the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group sit along the Sierra Nevada Mountains at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 8, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing capability for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)
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Operations tents set up by the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group sit along the Sierra Nevada Mountains at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 8, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing capability for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

U.S. Army Pfc. Matthew Avery, an all-terrain forklift operator for the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, moves cargo at the forward operating node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond the forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)
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U.S. Army Pfc. Matthew Avery, an all-terrain forklift operator for the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, moves cargo at the forward operating node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond the forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element move cargo at the forward operating node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond the forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)
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Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element move cargo at the forward operating node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond the forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

A Wyoming Air National Guard C-130 delivers cargo to Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., in support of Operation Lumberjack on March 8, 2016. The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during the week-long exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)
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A Wyoming Air National Guard C-130 delivers cargo to Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., in support of Operation Lumberjack on March 8, 2016. The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during the week-long exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)

Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element move cargo at the forward operating node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the DU.S. Army Spc. Travis Hoffman, a transportation management coordinator for the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, documents the arrival of cargo at the forward operating node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond the forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)efense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond the forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)
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Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element move cargo at the forward operating node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the DU.S. Army Spc. Travis Hoffman, a transportation management coordinator for the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, documents the arrival of cargo at the forward operating node at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., on March 9, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond the forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)efense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond the forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Michael Slater, clearance platoon sergeant for the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, directs the movement of support equipment at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., March 7, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)
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U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Michael Slater, clearance platoon sergeant for the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, directs the movement of support equipment at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., March 7, 2016. The 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)

A C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Wyoming Air National Guard delivers cargo to Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., in support of Operation Lumberjack on March 8, 2016. The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during the week-long exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)
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A C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Wyoming Air National Guard delivers cargo to Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., in support of Operation Lumberjack on March 8, 2016. The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during the week-long exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group arrive at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., during Operation Lumberjack on March 7, 2016. The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd CRG, the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency are all participating in the week-long exercise. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)
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Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group arrive at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., during Operation Lumberjack on March 7, 2016. The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd CRG, the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency are all participating in the week-long exercise. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group discuss the security posture at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., March 7, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)
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Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group discuss the security posture at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., March 7, 2016. The 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)

A Wyoming Air National Guard C-130 delivers cargo to Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., in support of Operation Lumberjack on March 8, 2016. The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during the week-long exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)
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A Wyoming Air National Guard C-130 delivers cargo to Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., in support of Operation Lumberjack on March 8, 2016. The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during the week-long exercise. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group discuss the movement of equipment delivered by airlift to Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., March 7, 2016. 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)
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Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group discuss the movement of equipment delivered by airlift to Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., March 7, 2016. 123rd CRG is working in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eric Ramirez, in-transit visibility NCOIC for the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, inspects his equipment at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., March 8, 2016. The U.S. Army’s 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eric Ramirez, in-transit visibility NCOIC for the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, inspects his equipment at Amedee Army Airfield, Calif., March 8, 2016. The U.S. Army’s 688th RPOE is working in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and a team from the Defense Logistics Agency to operate Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala during a week-long exercise called Operation Lumberjack. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish an aerial port of debarkation, provide initial distribution capability and set up warehousing for distribution beyond a forward node. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. James Killen)

AMEDEE ARMY AIRFIELD, Calif. -- The United States is often referred to as the world's 911 force, and the men and women who respond to that call are some of the most dedicated members of the U.S. military. A small cadre of servicemembers from the Kentucky Air National Guard and U.S. Army had the opportunity to demonstrate that dedication during Operation Lumberjack, which took place here March 6-11.

The Kentucky Air Guard's 123rd Contingency Response Group, in conjunction with the U.S. Army's 688th Rapid Port Opening Element and the Defense Logistics Agency, established an aerial port of debarkation as part of Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sangala. 

Operation Lumberjack was a simulated insertion into a friendly nation being destabilized by outside militant forces. The 123rd CRG, 688th RPOE and DLA came together to establish the APOD, begin air and ground transportation, and stand up warehousing and distribution capability in order to move equipment and supplies to forward positions within the fictional country of Sangala, said U.S. Air Force Col. David Mounkes, a Kentucky Air National Guardsman and commander of Joint Task Force-Port Opening-Sangala.

The exercise solidified the working relationships between multiple branches of the military in a joint environment and gave all the servicemembers practical experience executing their specific functions within the JTF-PO as well as cross-functional jobs, Mounkes said. 

Cross-functional training is important because the JTF-PO has to accomplish large-scale tasks quickly and efficiently. Such tasks require an all-hands effort, and everyone within the JTF-PO participates.    

"The teamwork and effort from all players was phenomenal," said Mounkes, who also is commander of the Kentucky Air Guard's 123rd Contingency Response Group. "The build-up, communication and operations were all seamless, which is a testament to the professionalism of the Airmen, Soldiers and civilians who were part of this exercise."

The exercise began with the arrival of the Joint Assessment Team. The JAT has the responsibility of determining if the airfield is capable of supporting multiple airlifts from large transport aircraft like the C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster.

"Time is what we're up against when we first arrive," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Bruce Bancroft, JTF-PO operations officer and a member of the 123rd CRG. "In an environment where innocent people are relying on you for help, the mission has to be done quickly and correctly. There is no room for error."

Once the initial assessment is complete and the airfield is approved, the JAT gives the green light for the rest of the JTF-PO elements to arrive. Within 24 hours of that approval, the APOD is functioning and delivering necessary supplies to forward positions.

Ground operations for Lumberjack were conducted by the 688th RPOE, a team of U.S. Army Soldiers that specializes in ground transportation and convoy operations.

"I am proud of the way our guys executed the mission, and with the teamwork between the Army, Air Force and the DLA," said U.S. Army Capt. Michael Siddall, commander of the 688th RPOE. "Our Soldiers and Airmen make moving more than a million tons of cargo look easy, and trust me, it is not easy."

The APOD operates 24 hours, every day. Peering into the joint operations center during shift change provides a detailed perspective on how the APOD operates as successfully as it does.

"This may be an exercise to people looking in, but to us it is as real as it gets," said U.S. Air Force Capt. James Embry, JTF-PO airfield operations officer and a member of the 123rd CRG. "Everyone takes the mission, as well as their specific job, very seriously, and we communicate and execute just like we were in a real-world environment."

Shift change at the JOC is standing room only. Every element of the APOD is represented, and communication is forward, forthright and specific.

"There is a protocol, and that protocol is, 'If it needs to be said, say it,'" Mounkes noted. "Communication is paramount -- that cannot be expressed enough -- and our troops are the subject matter experts."

JTF-PO Sangala moved over 1.4 million pounds of cargo through 40 airlifts to forward positions, amounting to more than 1,000 miles of ground transportation.

Exercises like Operation Lumberjack not only give servicemembers the experience of operating in a real-world environment, they also strengthen the idea of a "purple" military, Mounkes said.

"This kind of training allows all the branches of the military to operate in a joint environment without any lapse in communication or differences in command and control."