Patriot Hook's a joint success

Tech Sgt. David Domagalski and Senior Airman David Reed, 752nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, pull a tarp over a KC-135 Stratotanker engine at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., during Patriot Hook 2007. Patriot Hook is a five-day training exercise taking place at three California airfields -- March ARB, North Island and San Clemente Island -- in which military branches come together to practice operational capabilities in a deployed setting.
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Araiza

Tech Sgt. David Domagalski and Senior Airman David Reed, 752nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, pull a tarp over a KC-135 Stratotanker engine at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., during Patriot Hook 2007. The five-day training exercise took place at three California airfields -- March ARB, North Island and San Clemente Island -- in which military branches come together to practice operational capabilities in a deployed setting. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joseph Araiza)

Senior Airman Frederick Eleazar and Senior Airman Kyle Orian, 50th Aerial Port Squadron, tighten down chains to secure a 60k Tunner on a  C-17 Globemaster III at March during Patriot Hook.
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sarah N. Sutliff

Senior Airman Frederick Eleazar and Senior Airman Kyle Orian, 50th Aerial Port Squadron, tighten down chains to secure a 60k Tunner on a C-17 Globemaster III at March during Patriot Hook. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sarah N. Sutliff

Tech. Sgt. Richard Williams, 752nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, marshals out a KC-135 Stratotanker, from the 336th Air Refueling Squadron,  at San Clemente Island, Calif., during exercise Patriot Hook 2007.
U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sergeant Francisco V. Govea II

Tech. Sgt. Richard Williams, 752nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, marshals out a KC-135 Stratotanker, from the 336th Air Refueling Squadron, at San Clemente Island, Calif., during exercise Patriot Hook 2007. U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sergeant Francisco V. Govea II

Soldiers from the Army’s 304th Sustainment Brigade stationed at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., get off a bus to board a C-17 Globemaster III that will take them to San Clemente Island to participate in exercise Patriot Hook. The five days of training took place at three California airfields and allowed military branches to come together to practice operational capabilities in a deployed setting.
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sarah N. Sutliff

Soldiers from the Army’s 304th Sustainment Brigade stationed at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., get off a bus to board a C-17 Globemaster III that will take them to San Clemente Island to participate in exercise Patriot Hook. The five days of training took place at three California airfields and allowed military branches to come together to practice operational capabilities in a deployed setting. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sarah N. Sutliff

Several members of Navy and Air Force Reserve forces utilize the Naval Air Station, North Island, flightline to upload “Mystic,” a Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle, onto a C-5 Galaxy from Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The reservists are all participating in Patriot Hook 2007.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mary D. Woolstenhulme

Several members of Navy and Air Force Reserve forces utilize the Naval Air Station, North Island, flightline to upload “Mystic,” a Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle, onto a C-5 Galaxy from Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The reservists are all participating in Patriot Hook 2007. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mary D. Woolstenhulme

Tech. Sgt. Reynaldo Gumarang, a KC-135 Stratotanker Boom Operator from the 452nd Air Lift Control Flight, sets up communications at San Clemente Island, Calif. Sergeant Gumarang was participating in Patriot Hook 2007, a joint services exercise led by the Air Force Reserve Command.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mary D. Woolstenhulme

Tech. Sgt. Reynaldo Gumarang, a KC-135 Stratotanker Boom Operator from the 452nd Air Lift Control Flight, sets up communications at San Clemente Island, Calif. Sergeant Gumarang was participating in Patriot Hook 2007, a joint services exercise led by the Air Force Reserve Command. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mary D. Woolstenhulme

Crew Chief Tech. Sgt. Randy Hance, 752nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, communicates the start engine procedures with the pilot of a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 336th Air Refueling Squadron during Patriot Hook 2007.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

Crew Chief Tech. Sgt. Randy Hance, 752nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, communicates the start engine procedures with the pilot of a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 336th Air Refueling Squadron during Patriot Hook 2007. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

An Airman from March Air Reserve Base, Calif., calls in the location of an unexploded ordnance while at San Clemente Island, Calif., participating in exercise Patriot Hook 2007.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

An Airman from March Air Reserve Base, Calif., calls in the location of an unexploded ordnance while at San Clemente Island, Calif., participating in exercise Patriot Hook 2007. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, CALIF. -- Patriot Hook, a large-scale air mobility and contingency response exercise, took place in mid July for five days. An exercise that tests the viability of coordinated security, disaster and medical response operations, it involved more than 300 people who moved approximately one and one-half million pounds of cargo from three separate operating locations.

The players in this joint exercise came from the Navy, Army, Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Air Force Reserve Airlift Control Flights from March ARB, Lackland Air Force Base and McChord AFB.

"It was one of the largest exercises involving three ALCFs," said Master Sgt. Gerardo Zuniga, Mission Support Team Chief, 452nd ALCF. "The Airlift Control Flights were able to train on such a big scale it was almost proportional to a theater movement."

Three Tanker Airlift Control Elements were deployed to three separate locations in Calif: San Clemente Island Navy Auxiliary Landing Field, North Island Naval Air Station and March ARB.

Patriot Hook brings academic training to life. Throughout the year all the affiliate organizations receive training on how to prepare and what needs to be accomplished in order to get them moved to where they need to be with all of their equipment.

"They actually get to apply what they've learned from their classes into real world situations," said Senior Master Sgt. Edwin Perkins, superintendent of the TALCE, 452nd ALCF.

The Three TALCEs moved Boston Whaler boats, ambulances, wreckers, dump trucks, flat bed trucks and more on C-17 Globemaster IIIs, KC-135 Stratotankers and C-5 Galaxys.

"On a scale of one to ten, it was a ten," said Sergeant Perkins.

Patriot Hook began in the early '90s in response to limited training opportunities and has since become an annual event.

"It allows affiliates to practice mobilization, air deployment, train in a realistic environment, practice force protection and it's great for morale," said Lt. Col. Buck Kaplan, 452nd ALCF commander.

According to Sergeant Perkins, the 2007 Patriot Hook was flawless and all the goals and objectives were met, plus some.

"The best part of the exercise was giving [the affiliates] the training they needed to get their equipment and personnel out of town, said Sergeant Perkins.

"I loved it. My favorite part of the job is getting people out of town," said Sergeant Zuniga. "I'm really looking forward to next year."