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Air Guard and Coast Guard work together

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  • By TSgt Joe Harwood
  • 179th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Members of the 179th Airlift Wing Aerial Port Squadron, Mansfield, Ohio, helped  send Coast Guard members from Port Security Unit 309, Port Clinton, Ohio, out for a training mission Feb. 17, 2015. On Mar. 3, 2015, the Coast Guard returned to Mansfield, Ohio, from their training location in a C-5M Super Galaxy out of Dover Air Force Base, Del. The three component joint effort was a complete success.

The 179th Airlift Wing hosts one of the largest runways in Ohio which allows aircraft like the C-5M and the C-17 Globemaster III to land in Mansfield. The Port Clintion Coast Guard unit was able to utilize the 179 AW to get their equipment to and from Florida  for high-speed tactical boat maneuvers for a joint training exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, Feb. 26, 2015. The 309th worked with the 6th Security Forces Squadron marine patrol on various sustained force protection and port security tactics. The exercise mission provided an excellent opportunity for the Coast Guard, active duty Air Force and the Air National Guard to work together. By deploying the Coast Guard unit to MacDill, it provide experience for their engineering and mobility crews, and Air Force loadmasters to load and transport equipment.