U.S., Turkish Airmen conduct first combined CDDAR exercise with TurAF F-16

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  • By Senior Airman Renan Arredondo
  • 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The 39th Maintenance Squadron facilitated the first crash, damaged, or disabled aircraft recovery (CDDAR) training exercise with a Turkish air force F-16 Fighting Falcon here, Jan. 8, 2024. 

The objective of the CDDAR exercise was to test participants’ response to a simulated in-flight emergency which required emergency power unit (EPU) activation, an incapacitated pilot, and aircraft lift. 

“The focus for us was to practice our job in a more realistic situation and improve our working relationships with our partners to see how we are able to help each other,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Tyler Kurtz, 39th MXS CDDAR team chief. “We are a team here. This hasn't happened in quite some time where we’ve done an exercise together. So we conducted a smaller exercise to serve as a precursor for the future.”

Turkish air force members assigned to the 10th Tanker Base Command, Airmen assigned to the 39th MXS, firefighters and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) Airmen from the 39th Civil Engineer Squadron, and emergency medical services personnel from the 39th Medical Group worked together to respond to the simulated aircraft crash site.

Once first responders inspected the scene and determined it was safe, medical personnel assessed the condition of the Turkish pilot and safely transferred him to an ambulance. The CDDAR team then simulated the use of lift bags to prop the aircraft off the ground, to inspect the aircraft’s undercarriage. 

“Not only was this the first ever combined exercise with the 39 ABW and a Turkish F-16 Fighting Falcon, this was also the first time in more than two years that 39th Air Base Wing personnel have conducted a CDDAR training exercise with Turkish air force partners.” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Brandi-Ann Hamada, 39th MXS commander.  

U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to Incirlik AB routinely work alongside NATO allies for a variety of training scenarios and exercises.