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WHEN personnel are given a week-
end off during an exercise they usu-
ally take the opportunity to explore
the region and relax after a hard
week of work, but 200 members of
Exercise Cope North took the time
to give back to the local community
of Dededo in Guam.
Located only 10 minutes from
Andersen Air Force Base, Dededo is
the most populated village in the US
Territory of Guam.
It grew into a major village
after WWII when the US Navy con-
structed housing for local people
displaced by the war and for work-
ers coming from off-island to help
Community Service Day is a
tradition of Cope North and this year
the forces concentrated their efforts
at five different locations, working to
give much-needed help from paint-
ing elementary schools to planting
trees at the local veterans park.
Forty members were assigned to
a homeless shelter where they were
tasked with giving the entire outside
a fresh coat of paint.
CO 3SQN WGCDR Tim
Alsop said it was like the tel-
evision show Backyard Blitz,
where they walked in and gave
the venue a total makeover.
"What an amazing day," he
said.After a morning of hard work,
the community leaders of Dededo
cooked a barbecue lunch with the
tunes of live music in the back-
SQNLDR Keely Cotter, of 81WG,
said she really enjoyed participating.
"All three nations working
together was a lot of hard work but
fun and it was all to support the
local community," she said.
FLTLT Cath Friend
AIR Force's biggest exercise of the year
so far has wrapped up at Andersen Air
Force Base in Guam.
Seven 3SQN Hornets, a 2SQN
Wedgetail, a 33SQN KC-30A and a
36SQN C-130J have all returned to their
home bases, along with more than 230
personnel who deployed with the RAAF
contingent to participate in Exercise Cope
North Guam 2013.
The large-force employment and air
combat exercise began on February 4 and
ended on February 15.
The exercise provided an opportunity
for the RAAF to enhance its tactical skills
and joint operational capability alongside
military aircraft from the US Air Force
and Japanese Air Self-Defense Force.
Australia, Japan and the US share a
number of common interests, including
areas such as humanitarian assistance and
Trilateral cooperation between the
countries aims to promote regional stabil-
ity and further strengthen ties.
In the first week of the exercise, a
separate humanitarian and disaster relief
scenario was played out on the fictitious
island of Guastralia.
The island was directly impacted by a
Category 4 Typhoon, reporting sustained
winds of up to 196km/h.
The Guastralian authorities reported
catastrophic damage, with early estimates
of 250 fatalities and over 900 residents
More than 60 per cent of buildings
on the island had either collapsed or
been seriously damaged, with the main
port destroyed and all utilities offline.
Additionally, a volcanic eruption occurred
on a neighbouring island of Tinian.
This was the scenario faced by the
Cope North Humanitarian Assistance
and Disaster Relief team upon arriving at
North West Field off Andersen Air Force
Base where the 36 Contingency Response
Group (CRG) was tasked to open the
main airfield on Guastralia to enable
international disaster relief support.
For the RAAF Combat Support Group
(CSG) contingent, their primary role was
to observe and interact with their spe-
cialised areas to understand how a CSG
element and 36CRG could integrate and
work together in future operations and
SQNLDR Chris Johnson, of 382ECSS,
said even though the RAAF team was
an observer for the exercise, the team's
nurse was involved in a combined nation
exercise evacuation of a civilian injured
during the volcanic eruption from Tinian
"The aeromedical involved US and
Australian medical professionals working
together and being extracted by a JASDF
aircraft," he said.
"The tempo was quite high due to
C-130s providing a steady stream of
humanitarian aid through airdrops and
landing at the airfield. The activity con-
tinued into the night with aircraft being
unloaded either by white light or night
He said although there were tech-
niques and procedures that were different
between the 36CRG and a CSG detach-
ments, the overall execution on the ground
during the exercise was very similar.
"The whole team agreed that participa-
tion in the exercise was highly beneficial,"
SQNLDR Johnson said.
More from the exercise in the next edition.
Community benefits from helping hands
LEAD BY EXAMPLE: CO
3SQN WGCDR Tim Alsop
adds a splash of colour to the
San Jose Homeless Shelter
in the Dededo community.
Triumph for teamwork
BEST FOOT FORWARD: 3SQN pilots cross the
hardstand to their waiting F/A-18 Hornets.
Photos: LAC Craig Barrett
ON TRACK: Above, USAF Master
Sergeant Kelly Rippy shows CPL
Mark Piper, of 3SQN, differences
in their aircrew flight equipment.
Below, a 3SQN Hornet follows the
Guam coastline on a final heading
towards Andersen Air Force Base.
WELL PREPARED: Members from 382ECSS
prepare to experience a simulated roll over in
a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle at
the Pacific Regional Training Centre.
LET'S GO: USAF, USN and RAAF personnel prepare to load a C-130 during
the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief component of the exercise.
Exercise Cope North wraps up in Guam
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