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A U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance technician plants an explosive during a Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) Exercise at Andersen Air Force Base, Feb. 12, 2021.

A U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance technician plants an explosive during a Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) Exercise at Andersen Air Force Base, Feb. 12, 2021. The RADR Training was conducted as a part of COPE North 2021, an annual U.S. Pacific Air Forces joint/combined, trilateral field training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Amir R. Young)

An Airmen with the 554th RED HORSE Squadron conducts an equipment check on his heavy machinery during a Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) Exercise at Andersen Air Force Base, Feb. 12, 2021.

An Airmen with the 554th RED HORSE Squadron conducts an equipment check on his heavy machinery during a Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) Exercise at Andersen Air Force Base, Feb. 12, 2021. The RADR Training was conducted as a part of COPE North 2021, an annual U.S. Pacific Air Forces joint/combined, trilateral field training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Amir R. Young)

Airmen with the 554th RED HORSE Squadron prep an Airfield for repair during a Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) Exercise at Andersen Air Force Base

Airmen with the 554th RED HORSE Squadron prep an Airfield for repair during a Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) Exercise at Andersen Air Force Base, Feb. 12, 2021. The RADR Training was conducted as a part of Cope North 2021, an annual U.S. Pacific Air Forces joint/combined, trilateral field training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Amir R. Young)

Airmen with the 554th RED HORSE Squadron prep an Airfield for repair during a Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) Exercise at Andersen Air Force Base

A U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance technician with the 36th Civil Engineer Squadron and a United States Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician with Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit FIVE plant explosives on the runway to clear it of debris during a Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) Exercise at Andersen Air Force Base, Feb. 12, 2021. The RADR Training was conducted as a part of COPE North 2021, an annual U.S. Pacific Air Forces joint/combined, trilateral field training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Amir R. Young)

U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance technicians clear the runway of unexploded ordinance during a Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) Exercise at Andersen Air Force Base, Feb. 12, 2021

U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance technicians clear the runway of unexploded ordinance during a Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) Exercise at Andersen Air Force Base, Feb. 12, 2021. The RADR Training was conducted as a part of COPE North 2021, an annual U.S. Pacific Air Forces joint/combined, trilateral field training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Amir R. Young)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam --

The 554th RED HORSE Squadron worked hand in hand with Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians with the 36th Civil Engineer Squadron, The U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Royal Australian Air Force, and Koku-Jietei to complete rapid airfield damage repair training as a part of exercise COPE North 21, here, Feb. 18.

Rapid Airfield Damage Repair, or RADR training is a scalable approach to repairing a runway through the use of an assembly line repair process and tests both aspects of EOD’s ability to clear the runway of unexploded ordnance after an attack and is followed by the process of repairing the runway once all ordnance and explosives have been removed.

 “We are able to complete a repair that can withstand thousands of aircraft passes versus hundreds of passes,” said Master Sgt. Russell Wrenn, heavy repair section chief with 554th RED HORSE Squadron. “This allows engineers to meet the current threat in the AOR and to get aircraft back in the fight sooner.”

Various partner nations took part in helping repair the Airfield to assisting EOD in clearing the runway of unexploded ordnance.

“Working with partner nations is a rewarding experience,” said Wrenn, “Because we all receive the same initial training it is easy for EOD units, regardless of the branch of service, to easily communicate. The integration of multiple services and units into one team was seamless and allowed the team to execute the Rapid Explosive Hazard Mitigation (REHM) exercise. This allowed the RADR team to move onto the runway and complete the needed repairs.

COPE North is an annual U.S. Pacific Air Forces joint/combined, trilateral field training exercise with participants from all over the pacific area of responsibility. The primary focus of COPE North is the coordination of combined air tactics, techniques and procedures, and enhancing security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. The number of participants in the exercise is around 2,000 service members from various services and partner nations.

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