3 U.S. ‘guardian angels’ drop into New Zealand-hosted exercise

3 U.S. ‘guardian angels’ drop into New Zealand-hosted exercise
Exercise
Image by U.S. Pacific Air Forces
OHAKEA, New Zealand — United States Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Gallagher looks through an anemometer to check wind velocity in preparation for a three-man personnel drop from a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III Nov. 23 at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, during Exercise Kiwi Flag. Kiwi Flag is a multilateral RNZAF-sponsored tactical airlift exercise. The U.S. Air Force participants are deployed to the 517th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron which comprises two C-17s and Airmen from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The deployed U.S. team is conducting airlift support and cargo and personnel airdrops for the exercise in conjunction with Pacific military partners from New Zealand, the Republic of Singapore, Australia and New Caledonia. Gallagher is a joint air drop inspection specialist deployed to the 517th EAS from the 3rd Operations Support Squadron, JBER. The three-man parachute team comprises two pararescuemen and a survive, evade, resist and escape specialist: two of the three job classifications that make up the U.S. Guardian Angel Weapon System, which also includes combat rescue officers. Kiwi Flag personnel are supporting Exercise Southern Katipo — held in New Zealand’s South Island — by managing air operations and providing cargo and passenger airlift including tactical air drops to SK participants. SK hosts nine countries involved in air, land and maritime operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Denise Johnson/Released)

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