Osan logistics officers participate in joint expeditionary operations

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U.S. Army helicopter pilots brief a group of logistics officers during a field training exercise near the Republic of Korea’s Demilitarized Zone Oct. 1, 2013. During the FTX, participants were able to see field operations such as expeditionary dining facilities, transportation services, as well as, helicopter and vehicle maintenance and refueling procedures. (Courtesy Photo)
U.S. Army helicopter pilots brief a group of logistics officers during a field training exercise near the Republic of Korea’s Demilitarized Zone Oct. 1, 2013. During the FTX, participants were able to see field operations such as expeditionary dining facilities, transportation services, as well as, helicopter and vehicle maintenance and refueling procedures. (Courtesy Photo)

Osan logistics officers participate in joint expeditionary operations

by: Maj. Gary Charland, 5th Reconnaissance Squadron maintenance operations officer | .
Osan Air Base | .
published: October 19, 2013

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Osan's logistics officers and their U.S. Army counterparts participated in expeditionary training at a forward operating location just south of the Demilitarized Zone.

U.S. Army Capt. Kristopher Nichols, officer in charge of an Expeditionary Support Company, invited his U.S. Air Force logistics counterparts from the Logistics Officer Association to participate in a field training exercise (FTX) on October 1.

Members were able to see field operations such as expeditionary dining facilities, transportation services, as well as, helicopter and vehicle maintenance and refueling procedures.

Additionally, the 61 Airmen and Soldiers participated in medical evacuation and air cargo training.

The Journey started at Camp Humphries, where the LOA members received their pre-flight safety and operational briefings before boarding multiple Blackhawk helicopters.

Once everyone was aboard and secured, the Blackhawks sped to the ESCs' forward operating location.

Over the next ten hours, the officers received an FTX orientation, toured deployed facilities, ate a field meal, participated in vital medical evacuation training and hooked equipment to a hovering helicopter for movement. At the end of the day, the LOA officers boarded the Blackhawks for the trip home.

This adrenaline pumping Joint Expeditionary experience provided cross-service cultural awareness, identified capabilities our Army counterparts bring to the fight, and enlightened the LOA officers with hands-on wartime skills training.

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