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US, Romania, join forces for Carpathian Fall 2017

August 23, 2017 (by A1C Joshua Joseph Magbanua) - Military members from the U.S. and Romania joined forces for a bilateral training exercise in Otopeni, Romania, August 21, 2017.

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USAF C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th AS flies over Romania during Carpathian Fall 2017 on August 22, 2017. [USAF photo by A1C Joshua Magbanua]

Three C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, along with approximately 160 Airmen from the 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, arrived at Otopeni Air Base to conduct combined air operations with the Romanian Air Force.

Exercise Carpathian Fall aims to enhance interoperability, strengthen relationships with NATO partners, and maintain joint readiness. The exercise is scheduled to run for approximately two weeks, and involves low-level tactical maneuvers, personnel airdrops and assault landings.

Capt. Jacob Morton, Carpathian Fall ‘17 mission commander, expressed his optimism concerning the exercise. The training event gives U.S. and Romanian troops a chance to learn from each other and sharpen their skills together, said Morton.

"Carpathian Fall is about building our longstanding relationship with the Romanian Air Force," he said. "We've done this for many years now, it's some of the best training we've had in Europe. Our relationship with the Romanian Air Force is excellent, and we want to maintain that by working together."

Participants in the exercise come from a variety of career fields including aircraft maintenance, logistics, intelligence, contingency response, medical and U.S. Army paratroopers.

Morton stressed the importance of cooperation between allies, explaining that mission effectiveness increases when one understand how the other works. He expanded on some of the similarities of Romanian and American equipment, particularly their aircraft.

"If we're not training together, there's a chance we might show up and not know what everyone else is doing," Morton said. "The more we fly together, the better we can fight together."


Courtesy of 86th Airlift Wing

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SrA Roger Thomas, 86th AMXS crew chief, guides 37th AS C-130J #07-8614 prior to takeoff during Exercise Carpathian Fall at Otopeni AB, on August 21, 2017. [USAF photo by A1C Joshua Magbanua]    

Căpitan Nicolet, Romanian Air Force Pilot, observes 1st Lieutenant Joe Rippe, 37th AS pilot, during an Exercise Carpathian Fall training flight over Romania on August 23, 2017. [USAF photo 2nd Lieutenant Michelle Fletcher]

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 37th AS wears a patch for Carpathian Fall 2017 on his flight suit during a training flight over Romania, August 22, 2017. Three C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th AS, along with approximately 160 Airmen from the 86th AW, arrived at Otopeni AB, to conduct combined air operations with the Romanian Air Force. [USAF photo by 2nd Lieutenant Michelle Fletcher]