A pilot answers questions about the F-22 Raptor at the Francisco C. Ada International Airport, Saipan, during exercise Resilient Typhoon, April 23, 2019. JOHN LINZMEIER/U.S. AIR FORCE
A pilot answers questions about the F-22 Raptor at the Francisco C. Ada International Airport, Saipan, during exercise Resilient Typhoon, April 23, 2019. JOHN LINZMEIER/U.S. AIR FORCE

Pacific Air Forces practice short-notice readiness for typhoon operations

by Carlos M. Vazquez II
Stars and Stripes

Airmen from seven air wings across the Pacific recently tested their ability to disperse aircraft, reorganize elsewhere and operate in the face of extreme weather.

The exercise, Resilient Typhoon, began April 22 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, where U.S. airmen from Japan, Hawaii and Alaska gathered and then moved to airfields in the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas and Guam itself, according to the Pacific Air Forces.

The drills lasted until April 26 and included airfields on the islands of Tinian and Saipan in the Northern Marianas, two areas devastated by a super typhoon last fall.

Throughout the exercise, involving aircraft ranging from F-16s to C-130Js, airmen trained to rapidly move personnel and supplies, erect post-disaster communications and deliver airfield rescue firefighting.

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