Two C-130 transports from the Texas Air National Guard’s 136th Airlift Wing at Fort Worth, Tex., and 27 mobility airmen from various USAF units participated in exercise Cooperation 1 in Chile. SICOFAA, the organization for the air forces of the Americas, sponsored this exercise, its first such event. The participants practiced how they would jointly respond to a large-scale humanitarian crisis in the region, using the devastating earthquake that struck Chile in February as the scenario. “This type of exercise is important for all of our nations,” said Lt. Gen. Glenn Spears, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. The Texas Air Guard’s C-130s flew near-daily missions during the Oct. 4-14 event, transporting approximately 24,000 pounds of cargo between several Chilean cities. (Puerto Montt report by Capt. Rebecca A. Garcia)
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.