MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – More than 100 teams and 2,500 people from the Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard, as well as allied nations, are expected to participate in Rodeo 2009, Air Mobility Command’s premier mobility competition, set to take place July 19 – 25, 2009 here.
“This year will mark the thirtieth anniversary of this competition with our international partners,” said Lt. Col. Philip Kase, Rodeo 2009 McChord director. “We are excited to continue this important friendship and look forward to an unforgettable Rodeo.”
The international competition focuses on readiness, and features airdrops, aerial refueling and other events which showcase the unique and wide-ranging capabilities of military security forces, and aerial port, maintenance and aeromedical evacuation personnel.
The last biennial competition took place in July 2007 at McChord. While the operations tempo remains high, Maj. Gen. Brooks Bash, Air Mobility Command Directorate of Operations and Rodeo 2009 commander, said it’s important that AMC continue this key event.
“Rodeo showcases AMC’s best of the best and allows us to train and learn through spirited competition,” said General Bash. “Not only does this world-class competition train mobility forces for the fight, it provides a forum for Airmen and our international partners to share the best of tactics and techniques. Improvement and cooperation are essential in our continued participation in overseas contingency operations.”