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Image of C-130J Super Hercules loadmasters SGT Penny and SGT Lambeth prepare to drop GPS-guided cargo from a C-130J at Saylor Creek Range, Idaho, Nov. 1, 2018. The cargo uses a joint-precision aero-delivery system that guides it to a programmed destination. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

C-130J Super Hercules loadmasters SGT Penny and SGT Lambeth prepare to drop GPS-guided cargo from a C-130J at Saylor Creek Range, Idaho, Nov. 1, 2018. The cargo uses a joint-precision aero-delivery system that guides it to a programmed destination. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

Image of members of the Royal Australian Air Force and a member of the U.S. Air Force prepare to take off from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Nov. 1, 2018. Both parties stressed the importance of interoperability and nurturing the relationship between the two. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

Members of the Royal Australian Air Force and a member of the U.S. Air Force prepare to take off from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Nov. 1, 2018. Both parties stressed the importance of interoperability and nurturing the relationship between the two. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

Image of members of the Australian military work together to trap down cargo on a C-130J Super Hercules before a flight Nov. 1, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. One reason the RAAF chose to come to Mountain Home AFB to train is for the terrain, which is very different from Australia.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

Members of the Australian military work together to trap down cargo on a C-130J Super Hercules before a flight Nov. 1, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. One reason the RAAF chose to come to Mountain Home AFB to train is for the terrain, which is very different from Australia.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

Image of Australian military members load cargo on a C-130J Super Hercules before a flight at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Nov. 1, 2018. They visited Mountain Home to perform training scenarios at Saylor Creek Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

Australian military members load cargo on a C-130J Super Hercules before a flight at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Nov. 1, 2018. They visited Mountain Home to perform training scenarios at Saylor Creek Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

Image of Members of the Australian militiary go through a checklist to ensure they haven’t forgotten anything before a flight at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Nov. 1, 2018. They visited Mountain Home to perform training scenarios at Saylor Creek Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

Members of the Australian militiary go through a checklist to ensure they haven’t forgotten anything before a flight at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Nov. 1, 2018. They visited Mountain Home to perform training scenarios at Saylor Creek Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

Image of WO2 Hawkins, Australian Army air dispatcher, straps down cargo on a C-130J Super Hercules before a flight Nov. 1, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. One reason members of the Royal Australian Air Force chose to come to Mountain Home AFB is to perform pilot training in extremities against simulated threats to receive various qualifications. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

WO2 Hawkins, Australian Army air dispatcher, straps down cargo on a C-130J Super Hercules before a flight Nov. 1, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. One reason members of the Royal Australian Air Force chose to come to Mountain Home AFB is to perform pilot training in extremities against simulated threats to receive various qualifications. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

Image of Royal Australian Air Force pilots perform the role of a Precision Aerial Delivery System Operator before a flight at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Nov. 1, 2018. The pilots are programming the cargo to self-navigate when dropped from the C-130J Super Hercules. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

Royal Australian Air Force pilots perform the role of a Precision Aerial Delivery System Operator before a flight at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Nov. 1, 2018. The pilots are programming the cargo to self-navigate when dropped from the C-130J Super Hercules. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

Image of a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules sits on the flight line at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Nov. 1, 2018. Members of the RAAF used the C-130J Super Hercules to operate joint-precision aero-delivery systems, which are a fairly new capability for the RAAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules sits on the flight line at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Nov. 1, 2018. Members of the RAAF used the C-130J Super Hercules to operate joint-precision aero-delivery systems, which are a fairly new capability for the RAAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

Image of GPS-guided cargo leaves a C-130J over Saylor Creek Range, Idaho, Nov. 1, 2018. GPS-guided cargo is a fairly new capability for the Royal Australian Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

GPS-guided cargo leaves a C-130J over Saylor Creek Range, Idaho, Nov. 1, 2018. GPS-guided cargo is a fairly new capability for the Royal Australian Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alaysia Berry)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Royal Australian Air Force Super Hercules aircrew members visited here Oct. 24 - Nov. 1, 2018, in order to improve their operational aerial training in Idaho’s unique environment.

For members of the RAAF, choosing Mountain Home for training is a welcomed contrast to participating in large-scale exercises such as Red Flag, where those type of training opportunities may have different objectives.

"At Saylor Creek Range we have 100 percent control over our exercises and scenarios," said Flight Lieutenant Cseh, RAAF C-130J Super Hercules detachment commander. "Here, the simulated threats can be spread out and better controlled."

While here, they conducted high density altitude and radar warning receiver training, and tested joint-precision aerial-delivery systems at Saylor Creek Range.

"Mountain Home Air Force Base has a really good mix of terrain and various airfields that we can use," said Flight Lieutenant Maliphant, RAAF aircraft captain. "The Range complex is nothing like we have in Australia. When you combine the mountains, range complex, and the short distance they are from the base it's the perfect opportunity to meet our training objectives in a convenient location."

Both Cseh and Maliphant agreed that nurturing relationships between allies is very important.

"One important aspect of my job is to be able to help groups like the Australians and make it easier for them to complete their missions," said Master Sgt. Justin Summers, 266th Range Squadron work center supervisor. "It's incredibly important when they show up that we find out what they need so that we can give that to them."

Cseh said the relationship between the U.S. and Australia is very important one, and being able to use a U.S. range helps them exercise interoperability and nurture relationships.

"We want to keep coming back to Mountain Home every year,” Cseh said. “The range facilities here are fantastic and we get looked after very well. We are grateful for all the assistance that Lt. Col. Jay Labrum, chief of 266th range squadron and his team provided us.”

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