A big military exercise called Mobility Guardian readiness continues in Yakima and across the Pacific Northwest. More than 3,700 military personnel from 30 countries are involved. Yakima Airport Manager Rob Peterson says the airport has been a busy place with a lot of large military aircraft. On Thursday a U.S. Air Force C-17 picked up members of the U.S. Army special forces who've been training at the Yakima Training Center.
The exercise is happening throughout the state including at the Yakima Training Center, Fairchild Air Force base in Spokane and Joint Base Lewis-Mcchord near Tacoma. Each of the areas are playing a central role in the Mobility Guardian exercise. In all, about 90 aircraft are being used in the exercise. Airmen and soldiers are dropping paratroopers and supplies, setting up remote airfields, accomplishing medical evacuation missions and conducting aerial refueling at the Yakima Training Center. The exercise ends on September 30.