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Kicking off CrossTell 2018

Capt. Jon Cael, a pilot from the 141st Air Refueling Wing, chats with the co-pilot as the tanker passes by Mt. Rainier during Aerospace Control Alert CrossTell training exercise July 24, 2018. The tanker flew to western Oregon to support F-16 Fighting Falcons and F-15 Eagles participating in the exercise. CrossTell is a three-day exercise involving multiple Air National Guard units, the Civil Air Patrol, and U.S. Coast Guard rotary-wing air intercept units to conduct training scenarios to replicate airborne intercepts designed to safely escort violators out of restricted airspace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Rose M. Lust)

Capt. Jon Cael, a pilot from the 141st Air Refueling Wing, chats with the co-pilot as the tanker passes by Mt. Rainier during Aerospace Control Alert CrossTell training exercise July 24, 2018. The tanker flew to western Oregon to support F-16 Fighting Falcons and F-15 Eagles participating in the exercise. CrossTell is a three-day exercise involving multiple Air National Guard units, the Civil Air Patrol, and U.S. Coast Guard rotary-wing air intercept units to conduct training scenarios to replicate airborne intercepts designed to safely escort violators out of restricted airspace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Rose M. Lust)

Staff Sgt. Chas Cramer, a boom operator with the 116th Air Refueling Squadron, transfers fuel to an F-15A Eagle from the 142nd Fighter Wing during Aerospace Control Alert CrossTell training exercise July 24, 2018 over western Oregon. CrossTell is a three-day exercise involving multiple Air National Guard units, the Civil Air Patrol, and U.S. Coast Guard rotary-wing air intercept units to conduct training scenarios to replicate airborne intercepts designed to safely escort violators out of restricted airspace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Rose M. Lust)

Staff Sgt. Chas Cramer, a boom operator with the 116th Air Refueling Squadron, transfers fuel to an F-15A Eagle from the 142nd Fighter Wing during Aerospace Control Alert CrossTell training exercise July 24, 2018 over western Oregon. CrossTell is a three-day exercise involving multiple Air National Guard units, the Civil Air Patrol, and U.S. Coast Guard rotary-wing air intercept units to conduct training scenarios to replicate airborne intercepts designed to safely escort violators out of restricted airspace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Rose M. Lust)

An F-15A Eagle from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Ore. Breaks away after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 141st Air Refueling Wing during Aerospace Control Alert CrossTell training exercise July 24, 2018 over western Oregon. CrossTell is a three-day exercise involving multiple Air National Guard units, the Civil Air Patrol, and U.S. Coast Guard rotary-wing air intercept units to conduct training scenarios to replicate airborne intercepts designed to safely escort violators out of restricted airspace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Rose M. Lust)

An F-15A Eagle from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Ore. Breaks away after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 141st Air Refueling Wing during Aerospace Control Alert CrossTell training exercise July 24, 2018 over western Oregon. CrossTell is a three-day exercise involving multiple Air National Guard units, the Civil Air Patrol, and U.S. Coast Guard rotary-wing air intercept units to conduct training scenarios to replicate airborne intercepts designed to safely escort violators out of restricted airspace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Rose M. Lust)

An F-15A Eagle from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Ore. approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker to refuel during the Aerospace Control Alert CrossTell exercise July 24, 2018 over western Oregon. CrossTell is a three-day exercise involving multiple Air National Guard units, the Civil Air Patrol, and U.S. Coast Guard rotary-wing air intercept units to conduct training scenarios to replicate airborne intercepts designed to safely escort violators out of restricted airspace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Rose M. Lust)

An F-15A Eagle from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Ore. approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker to refuel during the Aerospace Control Alert CrossTell exercise July 24, 2018 over western Oregon. CrossTell is a three-day exercise involving multiple Air National Guard units, the Civil Air Patrol, and U.S. Coast Guard rotary-wing air intercept units to conduct training scenarios to replicate airborne intercepts designed to safely escort violators out of restricted airspace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Rose M. Lust)

An F-16D Fighting Falcon from the 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson, Ariz. approaches the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker to receive fuel during the Aerospace Control Alert CrossTell training exercise July 24, 2018 over western Oregon. CrossTell is a three-day exercise involving multiple Air National Guard units, the Civil Air Patrol, and U.S. Coast Guard rotary-wing air intercept units to conduct training scenarios to replicate airborne intercepts designed to safely escort violators out of restricted airspace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Rose M. Lust)

An F-16D Fighting Falcon from the 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson, Ariz. approaches the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker to receive fuel during the Aerospace Control Alert CrossTell training exercise July 24, 2018 over western Oregon. CrossTell is a three-day exercise involving multiple Air National Guard units, the Civil Air Patrol, and U.S. Coast Guard rotary-wing air intercept units to conduct training scenarios to replicate airborne intercepts designed to safely escort violators out of restricted airspace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Rose M. Lust)

Two F-16D Fighting Flacons from the 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson, Ariz. can be seen practicing air-intercept procedures from the window of a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 141st Air Refueling Wing over western Oregon during the Aerospace Control Alert CrossTell training exercise July 24, 2018. CrossTell is a three-day exercise involving multiple Air National Guard units, the Civil Air Patrol, and U.S. Coast Guard rotary-wing air intercept units to conduct training scenarios to replicate airborne intercepts designed to safely escort violators out of restricted airspace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Rose M. Lust)

Two F-16D Fighting Flacons from the 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson, Ariz. can be seen practicing air-intercept procedures from the window of a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 141st Air Refueling Wing over western Oregon during the Aerospace Control Alert CrossTell training exercise July 24, 2018. CrossTell is a three-day exercise involving multiple Air National Guard units, the Civil Air Patrol, and U.S. Coast Guard rotary-wing air intercept units to conduct training scenarios to replicate airborne intercepts designed to safely escort violators out of restricted airspace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Rose M. Lust)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. --

Guardsmen from the 141st Air Refueling Wing flew to the western skies of Oregon to support F-16D Fighting Falcons from the 162nd Fighter Wing and F-15A Eagles from the 142nd Fighter Wing participating in Aerospace Control Alert CrossTell 2018, a live-fly training exercise out of the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., July 24-26.

Each day, a tanker from Fairchild refueled the fighters who were conducting training on airborne intercept scenarios involving Civil Air Patrol aircraft and a U.S. Coast Guard rotary-wing air intercept unit.

The exercise consisted of running through various training scenarios in which the fighters and U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 helicopters intercepted Civil Air Patrol aircraft acting as violators flying into restricted airspace and safely escorting them into unrestricted flying areas.

“We train these scenarios often; we need to be prepared for any threat to U.S. airspace sovereignty,” said Col. Brett Bosselman, commander of the 225th Air Defense Squadron. “We also understand the importance and value any experience that gives us more insight into the unique language and operational capabilities and limitations of our partners in the airspace defense arena.  This week has been a tremendous success and a great learning experience for our people.”

Exercise participants included Air National Guard F-15 Eagles and aircrew from the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard, Oregon; F-16D Fighting Falcons and aircrews from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson Air National Guard Base, Arizona; air battle managers and personnel from the Western Air Defense Sector, 225th Air Defense Group, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey; NORAD personnel, flying a Cessna 182, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; representatives from Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR) and support aircraft and crews from the Civil Air Patrol flying Cessna 182s, performing duties in their Air Force Auxiliary role; and the 141st Air Refueling Wing.