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Swift Response 21 brings EC-130’s to Ramstein AB

Male Airman prepares aircraft for take-off

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Myko Ke Lucas, assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, prepares EC-130H Compass Call aircraft for takeoff at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 5, 2021. The aircraft will participate in Swift Response 21. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jared Lovett)

Three aircraft parked on flight line

Two EC-130H Compass Call aircraft assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, await equipment loading at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 5, 2021. The aircraft will participate in DEFENDER-Europe 21, which integrates approximately 28,000 multinational forces from 26 nations to conduct nearly simultaneous operations across more than 30 training areas in 12 countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jared Lovett)

EC-130H Compass Call parked on flight line

An EC-130H Compass Call aircraft assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, is positioned at Ramstein Air base, Germany, May 5, 2021. DEFENDER Europe 21 will provide an opportunity for U.S. troops and allies to train on land, water and in the air. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Edgar Grimaldo)

Male Airman loads aircraft

U.S. Air Force aircrew member from the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron loads EC-130H aircraft from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, with cargo in preparation for Swift Response 21 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 5, 2021. The DEFENDER Europe 21 exercise is a joint operation that consists of 28,000 U.S. allied and partner forces from 27 nations. ( U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Edgar Grimaldo)

Male pilot operates EC-130H Compass Call aircraft

U.S. Air Force EC-130H Compass Call aircraft pilot from the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron prepares EC-130 for Swift Response 21 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 5, 2021. Swift Response 21 involves multiple nations combining efforts to train units in advanced-level warfare skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Edgar Grimaldo)

Two Airmen give a thumbs up while preparing aircraft.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Justin Rust and Senior Airman Justin Losch, assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, prepare EC-130H Compass Call aircraft for takeoff at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 5, 2021. The aircraft will participate in DEFENDER-Europe 21, which is an annual large-scale, U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jared Lovett)

EC-130H Compass Call aircraft parked on flight line

An EC-130H Compass Call aircraft assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, is prepared for DEFENDER Europe 21 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 5, 2021. DEFENDER Europe 21 is a prime example of United States forces working together with North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies to be prepared for any crisis at any time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Edgar Grimaldo)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --

Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, prepared three EC-130H Compass Call aircraft for participation in Swift Response 21 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 5, 2021.

The live exercise that the Davis-Monthan aircraft will support involves multiple nations combining efforts to train individual units in advanced-level warfare skills such as coordinated fires and maneuvers capabilities.

“Swift Response is an exercise that will help give our Airmen experience crossing the Atlantic and give aviators experience in the sky,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Anthony Rendon, 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron director of operations.

Getting the aircraft to Ramstein and facing new challenges brought on by COVID-19 presented an arduous task. Aircrew worked to comply with different countries’ policies and tested for COVID-19 frequently.

“We’ve been through a lot of adversity, but showing our resilience to get here and continue on has been quite an amazing thing,” said Rendon. “I am privileged to be a part of the team.”

Swift Response 21 is one of several linked exercises supporting the large-scale, U.S. Army-led exercise DEFENDER Europe 21. The objective of DEFENDER Europe is to prepare the U.S. military to rapidly deploy large combat forces to Europe in support of their allies in order to quickly deter potential crises.

“It’s a way of us demonstrating our capabilities with the U.S. Army and then also to our North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies, so they can be aware of what we’re able to do and how we’re able to do it,” said Capt. Alexander Fornof, 43rd ECS aircraft commander.

DEFENDER Europe 21 is a joint operation that consists of 28,000 U.S. allied and partner forces from 27 nations, conducting simultaneous operations across more than 30 training areas throughout a dozen nations.

“Every time we get to work with people on a first-hand basis, it always increases our ability to fight and win wars,” said Fornof.

Swift Response is designed to validate U.S. European Command’s ability to send high readiness forces into a designated area while advancing airborne interoperability among NATO allies.