Members of the Maine Air National Guard recently supported the North American Aerospace Defense Command's (NORAD) Exercise Amalgam Dart 21-1 to retain and improve readiness to defend North America across all approaches. To support this effort the 265th Combat Communications Squadron was tasked with supplying tactical communication networks at four geographically separated locations spanning the Arctic.
Exercise Amalgam Dart ran from June 10-18, 2021, with operations ranging across the Arctic from the Beaufort Sea to Thule, Greenland. Amalgam Dart 21-1 provided NORAD the opportunity to hone continental defense skills as Canadian and U.S. forces operated together in the Arctic. Involving all three NORAD regions (Alaskan, Canadian, and Continental U.S.) the exercise featured Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18s, CC-150Ts, CC-130s, CH-146s, CH-149s, and a CP-140; and U.S. Air Force B-52s, F-22s, F-16s, KC-135s, KC-10s, and E-3s.