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German "Tornado" Pilots Join Mountain Home AFB Exercise
Mountain Home, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The Mountain Roundup 2013 just kicked off and will last until October 19th. The exercise is part of the German Air Force’s Tornado Fighter Weapons Instructor Course.
The first two waves of a total of 18 German "Tornado" jet fighters landed at Mountain Home Air Force Base. That's in preparation for the three week long Mountain Roundup 2013.
Uli Metteranich, Lt. Col. (Ret.) with the German Air Force, says, "It's interesting to be up here in Mountain Home and look at the wide country, all the distances, it's a long ways. It's not like in Europe, where you have short distances and very populated areas. Here it's like a big country."
More than 300 Germans will take part in the exercise, which will be a mock air war held 20 miles south of the airbase.
An equal number of airmen, soldiers, and marines from the US, along with counterparts from Canada and Singapore will participate.
Maj. Tapan Sen with 336 OSS OSK says, "Anytime you go into a major contingency operation, you're going to be at the very least doing it as a joint effort. So you've got a lot of guys from the US Navy, the US Army, they'll be integrating with us. Usually it's a coalition effort as well, so we've got a lot of coalition aircraft that will be playing with us."
The mountain roundup began eight years ago with a course to teach German "Tornado" jet flight instructors. Since then it's expanded to train everyone who participates everything they need to know about fighting an air war in the 21st century.
Most of the aircraft participating in the exercise will fly out of Mountain Home, with the remainder being based at Boise's Gowen Field.
September 30, 2013.