728th AMS Airmen support German operations

Airman 1st Class Trevor Caldwell, 728th Air Mobility Squadron air freight journeyman, directs German soldiers to the 728th AMS passenger terminal May 1, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. German personnel arrived at Incirlik as part of their deployment turnover to support the NATO mission of deterrence of hostile actions along the Turkish-Syrian border. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

Airman 1st Class Trevor Caldwell, 728th Air Mobility Squadron air freight journeyman, directs German soldiers to the 728th AMS passenger terminal May 1, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. German personnel arrived at Incirlik as part of their deployment turnover to support the NATO mission of deterrence of hostile actions along the Turkish-Syrian border. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

Staff Sgt. Louis Ferrara, 728th Air Mobility Squadron air freight supervisor, moves cargo on a Tunner 60K loader to aid the German army on their deployment turnover May 1, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The 728th AMS worked with German soldiers loading and unloading cargo during the Germans’ deployment turnover to support the NATO Patriot mission of deterrence of hostile actions along the Turkish-Syrian border.

Staff Sgt. Louis Ferrara, 728th Air Mobility Squadron air freight supervisor, moves cargo on a Tunner 60K loader to aid the German army on their deployment turnover May 1, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The 728th AMS worked with German soldiers loading and unloading cargo during the Germans’ deployment turnover to support the NATO Patriot mission of deterrence of hostile actions along the Turkish-Syrian border.

German soldiers arrive in Turkey for their deployment turnover May 1, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The German soldiers were switching out with other soldiers to support NATO’s commitment to Turkey’s solidarity. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

German soldiers arrive in Turkey for their deployment turnover May 1, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The German soldiers were switching out with other soldiers to support NATO’s commitment to Turkey’s solidarity. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

German soldiers disembark from a German A-310 air craft onto the Incirlik Air Base, Turkey flightline May 1, 2013. Their arrival marked the turnover for their NATO Patriot mission deployment to defend the Turkish-Syrian border. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

German soldiers disembark from a German A-310 air craft onto the Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, flightline May 1, 2013. Their arrival marked the turnover for their NATO Patriot mission deployment to defend the Turkish-Syrian border. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

Staff Sgt. Teve Molioo, 728th Air Mobility Squadron air freight supervisor, spots a Tunner 60K loader to a German A-310 May 1, 2013. The 728th AMS supported German soldiers during a deployment turnover supporting NATOs Patriot mission in Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

Staff Sgt. Teve Molioo, 728th Air Mobility Squadron air freight supervisor, spots a Tunner 60K loader to a German A-310 May 1, 2013. The 728th AMS supported German soldiers during a deployment turnover supporting NATOs Patriot mission in Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

Staff Sgt. Teve Molioo, 728th Air Mobility Squadron air freight supervisor, adjusts cargo on a Tunner 60K loader for the German army as Tech. Sgt. Christopher Dungca, 728th AMS air freight NCO in charge, ensures everything is in line May 1, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The 728th AMS provides around-the-clock support for U.S. and NATO forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

Staff Sgt. Teve Molioo, 728th Air Mobility Squadron air freight supervisor, adjusts cargo on a Tunner 60K loader for the German army as Tech. Sgt. Christopher Dungca, 728th AMS air freight NCO in charge, ensures everything is in line May 1, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The 728th AMS provides around-the-clock support for U.S. and NATO forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

A German service member straps down cargo onto a Tunner 60K loader May 1, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The German soldiers were switching out with other soldiers to support NATOs commitment to Turkey’s solidarity. They were aided by the 728th Air Mobility Squadron while loading and unloading cargo. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

A German service member straps down cargo onto a Tunner 60K loader May 1, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The German soldiers were switching out with other soldiers to support NATOs commitment to Turkey’s solidarity. They were aided by the 728th Air Mobility Squadron while loading and unloading cargo. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

Staff Sgt. Chad Wyffels and Airman 1st Class Evan Green, 728th Air Mobility Squadron air freight crew, and German soldiers move cargo on a Tunner 60K loader May 1, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. German soldiers and 728th AMS members worked hand-in-hand to aid the Germans in their deployment turnover to support NATO’s Patriot mission in Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

Staff Sgt. Chad Wyffels and Airman 1st Class Evan Green, 728th Air Mobility Squadron air freight crew, and German soldiers move cargo on a Tunner 60K loader May 1, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. German soldiers and 728th AMS members worked hand-in-hand to aid the Germans in their deployment turnover to support NATO’s Patriot mission in Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- A Luftwaffe A-310 jet lands on the flightline at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey and U.S. and Germen airmen begin to trickle outside. Some grab equipment, others start up various vehicles, while others go out to direct the jet to its parking spot.

Though this coalition gaggle may seem a little out of the ordinary, this is a regular occurrence between 728th Air Mobility Squadron airmen and German forces stationed at Incirlik.

"I actually work with the 728th AMS a couple times a week," said German army 1st Lt. Thommy E., Air Supply Platoon Support Task Force. "Whenever we know one of our aircraft are coming in, I will meet with them."

About once a week a German aircraft will fly in to Incirlik and the U.S. airmen will work hand-in-hand with them, said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Gregory Viruet, 728th AMS air terminal operation center supervisor.

"The Germans generally let us know a couple of weeks ahead of time what is coming in," said U.S. Air Force Capt. Chris Jacobson, 728th AMS aeroport flight commander. "They understand what we do and what they will need ahead of time."

The 728th AMS and ASPSTF meet to discuss what personnel, vehicles and equipment would be needed to supplement the Germans with the incoming and outgoing troops or cargo mission of that day.

"We only have a small platoon here," explained Thommy. "So the 728th will help us out, and it really speeds up our process."

"They often ask for less than what we could actually provide for them as far as help," added Jacobson.

The German lieutenant said one of the biggest benefits of working together has been the exchange of knowledge between the coalition partners.

"While working with the 728th AMS, I've learned about the different kinds of aircraft and equipment for different jobs and how they all will correlate," Thommy said.

The German unit and the 728th AMS work together, train together and will even enjoy down time with each other, said Staff Sgt. Mary Mullis, 728th AMS passenger terminal technician. The U.S. and German "Port Dawgs" also enjoy bar-b-ques.

"Working together really builds a good partnership," said Airman 1st Class Evan Green, 728th AMS aircraft serviceman. "It's also fun hanging out with them off duty. As a first-term airman, I never expected I would be working with people from other countries like this. It really adds to working and living here."

One of the biggest aspects to the job of working with aircraft is safety, Jacobson pointed out.

"We're up on lifts, moving heavy objects and driving large vehicles," he said. "People can get really hurt."

Yet, safety has been maintained, Jacobson continued.

"Though we may be from different nations, we work and communicate through the same hand motions to ensure safety," Jacobson exclaimed.

Through it all, both countries work together to accomplish the same mission.

"The 728th AMS has been a huge support to us, and we are very thankful for their help and team work," Thommy said. "We have always been able to come up with a way to accomplish the mission."

"It's been a blast working with them on and off-duty," Viruet agreed. "We all enjoy doing the job."