Carpathian Fall 2019: A day in the life


by Senior Airman Kristof Rixmann
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

(left) U.S. Air Force Maj. Corey Jencks, 37th Airlift Squadron instructor pilot, listens to a brief in preparation for a low-cost low-altitude flight presented by U.S. Air Force Capt. Thomas Morgan, Carpathian Fall 2019 tactics chief in Otopeni Air Base, Romania, Aug. 22. Accomplishing training, such as LCLA flights, is one of the primary objectives during Carpathian Fall 2019. LCLA and night flights carried out during Carpathian Fall are not possible in Germany due to the quiet hour regulations.
U.S. Air Force and Romanian air force pilots depart the briefing and tactics room and proceed to the flight line before participating in a low-cost low-altitude flight near Otopeni Air Base, Romania, Aug. 22. The pilots are exiting newly constructed building structures completed by the Romanian air force in 2018. The structures were designed specifically for U.S. forces and other NATO allies to operate from during missions carried out in Romania. Noteworthy features inside these structures include satellite telecommunication, high-speed WiFi internet connection and air conditioning inside each building unit.
A Romanian air force helicopter lands while two 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules warm up their engines before taking off on Otopeni Air Base, Romania, Aug. 22. The C-130Js participated in exercise Carpathian Fall 2019 with the objectives of further strengthening the U.S. and Romanian relationship and accomplishing training requirements.
(left) U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Andrew Maurer, 37th Airlift Squadron, and Maj. Corey Jencks, 37th AS instructor pilot, bank right inside a C-130J Super Hercules during a low-cost low-altitude flight near Otopeni Air Base, Romania, Aug. 22. During an LCLA flight, the low altitude in conjunction with rising heat creates significant turbulence during the flight.
Romanian paratroopers jump out of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron at Boboc Drop Zone, Romania, Aug. 27. Exercise Carpathian Fall 2019 demonstrates the shared commitment of the U.S. and Romania to maintain peace within Europe.
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Donjay Crockett, 86th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, inspects equipment before takeoff at Otopeni Air Base, Romania, Aug. 26. AFE is responsible for inspecting, supplying, and maintaining equipment including oxygen tanks, parachutes, survival rafts, and more.
(left) U.S. Air Force Capt. Greg DuBow, 86th Airlift Wing chaplain, receives a harness and helmet from Airman 1st Class Donjay Crockett, 86th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment technician, in preparation for a low-cost low-altitude flight near Otopeni Air Base, Romania, Aug. 26. During exercise Carpathian Fall, AFE provided key support to the 86th Airlift Wing and military essential personnel by providing thoroughly inspected gear required for flight participation.
A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron takes off at Otopeni Air Base, Romania, Aug. 24. Three C-130s deployed to Romania to participate in Carpathian Fall 2019, which allowed Romanian and American forces to work together and increase readiness.
Romanian paratroopers board a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron at Boboc Drop Zone, Romania, Aug. 27. U.S. and Romanian jumpmasters worked together to increase interoperability and readiness. Photo by Staff Sgt. Kirby Turbak