A Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element team member assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Support Squadron stands guard during a forward area refueling point training as part of Trojan Footprint 16 in Pajuostic, Lithuania, May 15, 2016. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Chris Sullivan.
Airmen from the 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall, UK, took part in a joint exercise that brought together special forces from 10 different countries in Eastern Europe from May 3 to May 22. During Trojan Footprint 16, the airmen, along with US Army and foreign troops, completed over 45 sorties, delivered 200 tons of cargo, passed 70,000 pounds of fuel, and dropped over 500 Special Operations Forces personnel, according to a release. About 250 aircrew, maintenance, and support personnel helped keep the Air Force MC-130J Commando IIs and CV-22 Ospreys and Army MH-47 Chinooks running throughout the three-week exercise in Powidz, Poland, and Grafenwoehr, Germany. The goal of the exercise was to increase integration between the allied nations using the NATO Response Force 16 construct. Col. Nathan Green, Joint Special Operations Air Component (SOAC) commander, said the troops worked together seamlessly. SOAC aircraft and personnel also took part in a combined demonstration in Lithuania.