Warhawks Return from Cold Response 2020

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Six F-16’s of the 195th Fighter Squadron , 62nd Wing of the Arizona Air National Guard arrived stateside from Bodø Air Station, Norway at Joint Base McGuire – Dix – Lakehurst on March 18th. The ‘Warhawks’ where were participating in Exercise Cold Response 2020.

Cold Response, is a Norwegian-led exercise in which NATO allies and partner nations are invited to participate. The exercise was terminated earlier than planned due to the ongoing coronavirus situation.

The U.S. was represented by service members from the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy. They were joined by forces from Norway and their partner nations including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. In total, some 15,000 personnel took part in this large-scale, tactical field training exercise, which is hosted by the Kingdom of Norway.

CR20 is designed to enhance military capabilities and allied cooperation in high-intensity warfighting in a challenging Arctic environment with rugged terrain and extreme cold weather. This exercise will emphasize and test critical activities ranging from the reception of allied and partner reinforcements and command and control interoperability to combined joint combat operations, force sustainment, and combat logistics.

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Mike Colaner

Mike Colaner is a native of Central New Jersey and still resides there today with his family. I always had a fascination with aviation with both NAS Lakehurst and McGuire Air Force Base nearby to my boyhood home. Upon graduating High School, I went to work for Piasecki Aircraft Corporation at NAEC Lakehurst. I worked in the engineering department on the PA-97 Helistat project as a draftsman. I soon enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served four years active duty with both the 2nd Marine Division and 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. After completing my enlistment, I went to college and became a New Jersey State Trooper. I recently retired after serving 25 years and I am looking for my next adventure. I am very glad that I have been able to join this team and to share my passion with all of you.

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