USAF, Indonesian Air Force Improve Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Relief Skills during Pacific Airlift Rally 21

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii – Airmen from Pacific Air Forces and service members from the Indonesian Air Force will participate in Pacific Airlift Rally 2021 to improve humanitarian assistance/disaster relief skills in Mataram City on Lombok Island, Indonesia, Sept. 6-10, 2021.

Approximately 47 Airmen along with one C-130J Super Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron, 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota AB, and 37 service members and one C-130H Hercules from the Indonesian  Air Force will participate in a command post exercise, field training exercise and subject matter expert exchanges with service members from the Indonesian Air Force.

“Pacific Airlift Rally is a unique opportunity to promote regional military cooperation and improve airlift interoperability as we train together in preparation for future real-world humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts,” said Lt Col Steven M. Massie II, Commander, 36th Airlift Squadron. “It allows us to share techniques and capabilities between our forces, but more importantly build relationships with regional allies that will improve our ability to respond to a disaster scenario and save lives.”

PAR21 will be the first iteration of the exercise since the COVID-19 pandemic began. In coordination with military medical personnel and public health personnel, extensive mitigation efforts will be employed to enhance the safety and well-being of U.S. and Indonesian participants.

Media interested in covering the exercise should call the Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs Engagements Division at (808) 448-3225. After duty hours, call the PA on-call number at (808) 221-6148.