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507th Air Refueling Wing supports Northern Edge 2015

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA – U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Chris A. Nutt, a Norman, Okla., native, currently a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot with the 465th Air Refueling Squadron, participates in Exercise Northern Edge 2015, June 18, 2015. Northern Edge 2015 is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, reserve and National Guard units, including Nutt’s unit, the 507th Air Refueling Wing out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., are involved. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA – U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Chris A. Nutt, a Norman, Okla., native, currently a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot with the 465th Air Refueling Squadron, participates in Exercise Northern Edge 2015, June 18, 2015. Northern Edge 2015 is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, reserve and National Guard units, including Nutt’s unit, the 507th Air Refueling Wing out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., are involved. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA – U.S. Air Force Capt. Shawn R. Tucker, a Skiatook, Okla., native, currently a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot with the 465th Air Refueling Squadron, participates in Exercise Northern Edge 2015, June 18, 2015. Northern Edge 2015 is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, reserve and National Guard units, including Tucker’s unit, the 507th Air Refueling Wing out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., are involved. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA – U.S. Air Force Capt. Shawn R. Tucker, a Skiatook, Okla., native, currently a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot with the 465th Air Refueling Squadron, participates in Exercise Northern Edge 2015, June 18, 2015. Northern Edge 2015 is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, reserve and National Guard units, including Tucker’s unit, the 507th Air Refueling Wing out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., are involved. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA – U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Darby G. Perrin, a Carbondale, Colo., native, and a KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling specialist with the 465th Air Refueling Squadron, participates in Exercise Northern Edge 2015, June 18, 2015. Northern Edge 2015 is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, Reserve and National Guard units, including Perrin’s unit, the 507th Air Refueling Wing out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., are involved. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA – U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Darby G. Perrin, a Carbondale, Colo., native, and a KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling specialist with the 465th Air Refueling Squadron, participates in Exercise Northern Edge 2015, June 18, 2015. Northern Edge 2015 is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, Reserve and National Guard units, including Perrin’s unit, the 507th Air Refueling Wing out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., are involved. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA – An F-22 Raptor refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during Exercise Northern Edge, June 25, 2015. Northern Edge 2015 is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, reserve and National Guard units, including tankers from the 18th Air Refueling Wing out of Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan, are involved. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA – An F-22 Raptor refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during Exercise Northern Edge, June 25, 2015. Northern Edge 2015 is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, reserve and National Guard units, including tankers from the 18th Air Refueling Wing out of Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan, are involved. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA – An F-22 Raptor prepares to refuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during Exercise Northern Edge, June 25, 2015. Northern Edge 2015 is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, reserve and National Guard units, including tankers from the 18th Air Refueling Wing out of Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan, are involved. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA – An F-22 Raptor prepares to refuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during Exercise Northern Edge, June 25, 2015. Northern Edge 2015 is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, reserve and National Guard units, including tankers from the 18th Air Refueling Wing out of Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan, are involved. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA – An F-22 Raptor prepares to refuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during Exercise Northern Edge, June 25, 2015. Northern Edge 2015 is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, Reserve and National Guard units, including tankers from the 18th Air Refueling Wing out of Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan, are involved. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA – An F-22 Raptor prepares to refuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during Exercise Northern Edge, June 25, 2015. Northern Edge 2015 is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, Reserve and National Guard units, including tankers from the 18th Air Refueling Wing out of Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan, are involved. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA -- As with all training and operational events, the U.S. military would not be successful without a total force and joint effort, and Northern Edge 2015 is no different.

Reserve units such as the 507th Air Refueling Wing, based out of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and the 459th ARW, based out of Andrews AFB, Md., are vital to the overall mission of the Air Force and especially to training exercises such as Northern Edge.

"Our job is to supplement the active duty forces during this exercise so they can fly more and longer missions," said Capt. Shawn R. Tucker, a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot with the 465th Air Refueling Squadron, part of the 507th Air Refueling Wing. "We are a supplementing force and with the operations tempo so high we are getting used quite a bit."

While participating in exercises or real-world operations, reservists perform just like active duty, explained Tucker, who is from Skiatook, Oklahoma.

"As reservists were doing everything that active duty does and we've been busy," said Senior Master Sgt. Darby G. Perrin, a KC-135 aerial refueling specialist with 465th ARS. "Whenever we're out there we're refueling anywhere between 10 to 15 aircraft and they all seem to want to come up at the same time."

Exercises like Northern Edge where every branch of the military takes part helps build teamwork between the joint-forces, said Perrin, who is originally from Carbondale, Colorado. Northern Edge helps everyone participating to experience how other units and aircraft work which is something that they may not see again until they go to a real operation, Perrin added.

"Eventually we'll all have to work together, so I think that exercises like this with active duty, Guard and Reserve helps us all come together and get on the same page," said 1st Lt. Chris A. Nutt, a KC-135 pilot with the 465th ARS.

Northern Edge is Alaska's premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of military members and more than 200 aircraft are involved in the exercise.