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185th mobilization exercise

185th Air Refueling Wing petroleum, oil and lubricants (POL) specialist, Senior Airman Sydney Smith refuels a U.S. Air Force KC-46 Pegasus from the New Hampshire Air National Guard’s 157th Air Refueling on the ramp at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard on September 13, 2020. The KC-46 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

185th mobilization exercise

Iowa Air National Guard members from the 185th Air Refueling Wing board a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules from the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing in Sioux City, on September 14, 2020. The C-130 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

185th mobilization exercise

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster from the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Air Wing is parked at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard on September 13, 2020. The C-17 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

185th mobilization exercise

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster from the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Air Wing is parked at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard on September 13, 2020. The C-17 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

185th mobilization exercise

Airmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing Aerial Port load cargo on a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster from the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Air Wing at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard on September 13, 2020. The C-17 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

185th mobilization exercise

Airmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing prepare to load cargo on a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster from the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Air Wing at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard on September 13, 2020. The C-17 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

185th mobilization exercise

Airmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing prepare to load cargo on a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster from the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Air Wing at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard on September 13, 2020. The C-17 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

185th mobilization exercise

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster from the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Air Wing arrives at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard on September 13, 2020. The C-17 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

185th mobilization exercise

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster from the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Air Wing arrives at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard on September 13, 2020. The C-17 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

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The boom of a U.S. Air Force KC-46 Pegasus from the New Hampshire Air National Guard’s 157th Air Refueling Wing at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard on September 13, 2020. The KC-46 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

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An Airmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing looks over a U.S. Air Force KC-46 Pegasus from the New Hampshire Air National Guard’s 157th Air Refueling while on the ramp at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard on September 13, 2020. The KC-46 is the newest refueling aircraft to come on line in 2019. The KC-46 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

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A KC-46 crew member talks with 185th Air Refueling Wing members on board a U.S. Air Force KC-46 Pegasus from the New Hampshire Air National Guard’s 157th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, Iowa on September 13, 2020. The KC-46 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

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A U.S. Air Force KC-46 Pegasus from the New Hampshire Air National Guard’s 157th Air Refueling Wing arrives at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard on September 13, 2020. The KC-46 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

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Airmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing Aerial Port load a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules from the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard on September 13, 2020. The C-130 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

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Airmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing Aerial Port load a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules from the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard on September 13, 2020. The C-130 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

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Airmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing Aerial Port load a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules from the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard on September 13, 2020. The C-130 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

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Airmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing Aerial Port load a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules from the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard on September 13, 2020. The C-130 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

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Airmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing Aerial Port load a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules from the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard on September 13, 2020. The C-130 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

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A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules from the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing arrives at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard on September 13, 2020. The C-130 is transporting Airmen and cargo from Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as part of a mobility training exercise during the unit’s September training weekend. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

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B-roll of the flight line at the Sioux City, Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing. Video shows various aircraft arriving in Sioux City in order to assist with the unit’s mobility exercise. The 185th is participating in a weeklong mobility exercise after making a last minute decision to move the event away from the Gulf Coast. Unit members were originally scheduled to go to Gulfport, Mississippi but due the weather in the region the exercise location was changed. The Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing is equipped with the U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker mid-air refueling aircraft that can normally be seen at the western Iowa based Air Wing. Several other aircraft arrived in Sioux City as part of the Iowa Air National Guard Wing’s participation in a deployment exercise. This weeks event involves nearly every agency that is part of the 185th ARW. Air National Guard aircraft from three states arrived over the weekend. A U.S. Air Force C-130 from the 182nd Airlift Wing of the Illinois Air National Guard from Peoria, Ill was part of the aircraft movement. A U.S. Air Force KC-46 Pegasus from the New Hampshire Air National Guard’s 157th Air Refueling Wing was in Sioux City to help move Airmen and cargo. A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster from the 105th Air Wing from the Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh, N.Y. is also part of the 185th exercise. The C-17 is a large transport aircraft primarily used to move cargo. The weeklong exercise this week is designed to test the 185th Air Refueling Wing’s ability to mobilize the unit and be able to set up and operate in a deployed location. Lower thirds: Lt Col Scott Slaughter Exercise Deployment Commander

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The Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing from Sioux City, Iowa decided to continue with their mobility exercise this week after making a last minute decision to move the event away from the Gulf Coast because of Hurricane Sally.

According to 185th Air Refueling Wing Exercise Deployment Commander, Lt. Col. Scott Slaughter, unit members were originally slated to go to Gulfport, Miss. but due to the weather in region, the exercise location was suddenly moved to Topeka, Kan.

“Part of the Guard is that we are first responders, instead of just shutting down through this we have wanted to stay operational, and we have done that,” said Slaughter. “We have continued to execute our mission globally through the pandemic and part of that is getting the mission done while being safe.”

The main purpose of mobility exercise this week according to Slaughter, is to test the Refueling Wing’s ability to mobilize, and quickly set up and operate in a deployed location.

Slaughter said that weather concerns as well as threats posed by Covid-19 presented some unique challenges to the operation. He said all these factors are weighed as they go through their operational risk management assessment.

“There is a lot of planning that goes into it way ahead of time,” said Slaughter.

Slaughter said the exercise includes the deployment of the unit’s aircraft and aircraft maintenance, but he added that it involves nearly every agency that is part of the refueling wing.

“The mission requires every function to support what we normally need, day to day at an Air Wing while at a deployed location,” Slaughter said.

The Air Refueling Wing is equipped with the U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker that can normally be seen at the western Iowa based Air Wing. Slaughter added that the exercise required support from several other outside agencies to make it all happen.

Aircraft arrived in Sioux City from Illinois, New Hampshire and New York. A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules from the 182nd Airlift Wing of the Illinois Air National Guard from Peoria, Ill was part of the aircraft movement. A U.S. Air Force KC-46 Pegasus from the New Hampshire Air National Guard’s 157th Air Refueling Wing was in Sioux City to help move Airmen and cargo.

Also a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster from the 105th Air Wing located at the Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh, N.Y. was also part of the 185th exercise.

Airmen from the Iowa Air Guard will be in Topeka until the end of the week, when they will once again pack everything up and move back to Sioux City at the conclusion of the exercise.