Pakistan among countries participating in US Air Force Rodeo competition

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is among thirty-one international participating in  Air Mobility Rodeo 2011 readiness competition hosted by the United States Air Force’s Air Mobility Command at McChord Field, Washington.

The event, which will conclude on July 29, focuses on improving worldwide air mobility forces’ professional core abilities.  More than 150 teams and 3,000 people, both U.S. and international, are expected to participate, a news release said. The last RODEO competition took place in July 2009 at McChord.  While the operations tempo remains high, Brig. Gen. Frederick H. Martin, AMC Directorate of Operations and RODEO 2011 commander, says 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 Martin.  “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 global contingency operations.”In addition, this is the first year for the International Aeromedical Evacuation and Enroute Care Conference (20-21 July), and the International Airdrop Symposium (19-21 July).  “We’re very excited to be hosting our international partners for these two important conferences,” Martin said.  “Sharing knowledge and generating new ideas will most certainly improve our partnerships and enhance our world-wide mobility capabilities.”

International countries participating in Air Mobility RODEO 2011 are Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Jordon, Lebanon, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Uruguay.RODEO competitions are designed as military training events and are not open to the public. – APP