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NEWS | Nov. 15, 2023

Kentucky Air Guard’s Special Tactics plays key role for Resolute Sentinel in Peru

By Phil Speck 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Four members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron played a key role in Resolute Sentinel 23, a multi-national exercise in Peru to enhance readiness, cooperation and interoperability between partner nations.

The training, held in July, involved both U.S. active-duty and Reserve Components, as well as Peruvian forces, all working together to address security challenges and humanitarian crises, said Tech. Sgt. Phil Trojanowski, a combat controller with the 123rd STS.

His unit was tasked with providing safety oversight for a Forward Area Refueling Point while working alongside Peruvian special operations forces.

“The exercise went really well,” Trojanowski said. “They learned from our tactics, techniques and procedures, incorporating them in their mission-planning and mission-execution processes, and we enhanced our understanding of theirs.”

The two special operations units compared and contrasted different ideologies, and both parties learned something new, he said.

“The guys that you're working with are professionals, and they know what they're doing. You can always learn from them if you're willing to. It was a great experience for us.”

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