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Total Force Training: Reservists sharpen skills with Army Special Forces at MacDill

Aircrew prepare to unload an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 305th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., from a C-5 Super Galaxy aircraft assigned to the 512th Airlift Wing, Dover AFB, Del., at MacDill AFB, Fla., Nov. 6, 2019. The helicopters and support equipment were delivered to MacDill AFB as part of a joint exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

Aircrew prepare to unload an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 305th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., from a C-5 Super Galaxy aircraft assigned to the 512th Airlift Wing, Dover AFB, Del., at MacDill AFB, Fla., Nov. 6, 2019. The helicopters and support equipment were delivered to MacDill AFB as part of a joint exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

U.S. Air Force Reserve Master Sgt. Jeremy Sutter, a special missions aviator assigned to the 305th Rescue Squadron (RQS), Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., operates an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter’s .50-caliber weapon over Avon Park Air Force Range, Fla., Nov. 8, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Reserve Master Sgt. Jeremy Sutter, a special missions aviator assigned to the 305th Rescue Squadron (RQS), Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., operates an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter’s .50-caliber weapon over Avon Park Air Force Range, Fla., Nov. 8, 2019. MacDill Air Force Base is hosting the 305th RQS and Special Forces for an exercise at Avon Park. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 305th Rescue Squadron (RQS), Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., flies above the waters of Tampa Bay, Fla., Nov. 8, 2019.

An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 305th Rescue Squadron (RQS), Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., flies above the waters of Tampa Bay, Fla., Nov. 8, 2019. MacDill Air Force Base hosted the 305th RQS and Special Forces for an exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 305th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, teamed up with Army Special Forces soldiers for a deployment readiness exercise at MacDill AFB, Florida, recently.

As the Reserve focuses on prioritizing strategic depth and accelerating readiness, the exercise was critical to help the 305th RQS Reservists prepare for future missions.

“We don’t really get a chance to do a lot of water work in Tucson, so we’re here to get water certification and train in an unfamiliar area to help better prepare for deployments,” said 1st Lt. Scott Lauth, a 305th RQS HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter co-pilot.

The event also provided valuable training for some other Reserve units. Reservists from the 512th Airlift Wing, Dover AFB, Delaware, and the 445th AW, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, transported the helicopters and other assets needed by the 305th RQS for the exercise using a C-5 Super Galaxy and two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. #ReserveReady

(Grossklag is assigned to the 6th Air Refueling Wing public affairs office at MacDill.)

The accompanying photos show Reserve Citizen Airmen unloading one of the 305th Rescue Squadron's HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters from the back of a 512th Airlift Wing C-5 and Reserve Master Sgt. Jeremy Sutter, a special missions aviator assigned to the 305th RQS, operating the Pave Hawk's .50-caliber weapon over Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida.