At the Magdeburg airport in Germany, the "Compass 2019" exercise was organized by the Support and Special Forces Command (CFSS), with the participation of personnel from the 46 ª Pisa Air Brigade and the 17 ° Stormo Incursori of Furbara (RM), with the support of that of the 16 ° Stormo of Martina Franca (TA) and of the 14 ° Stormo of Pratica di Mare (RM).
The Italian Air Force used a C27J aircraft from the 46ª BA, to carry out long distance operations, exploiting the capabilities Air to Air Refueling (AAR) and tactical landing and take-off on a short and semi-prepared track, to achieve the training objectives and stimulate the personnel of the aforementioned Bodies to jointly face the difficulties that such a complex exercise event has in place since the early planning stages.
One of these objectives is to train Personnel at the launch operations with the Free Fall Technique (TCL), to train qualified personnel Combat Controller in operations within its competence, simulate the recovery of isolated personnel or of a contingent deployed abroad.
Specifically, a Combat Controller Team (CCT) made up of Raiders of the 17 ° Stormo, the only Department of Defense Special Forces to express this ability, it fell on the Magdeburg airport, a place designated for the exercise activity, with the aim of activating the landing strip guaranteeing the safety of the entire surrounding area and providing appropriate warning thereof.
The operators of the 17 ° Stormo, enabled to parachute with TCL, have dropped from an altitude of ten thousand feet (three thousand meters) and have reached the airport precisely. Reached the goal, each operator, under the directives of Combat Controller, A qualified air traffic management incursor and the identification and demarcation of improvised runways or landing strips, has started the procedures for the landing of the C-27J aircraft of the 46 ª Pisa Air Brigade.
Once on the ground, reached theholding point designated in the planning stage, the C-27J crew waited for the operations to re-embark the Incursore personnel, which simulated the recovery of isolated personnel in the area of operation, and of the qualified Air Fusilier personnel who has participated in the exercise with the task of Air Marshal Support Service (AMSS) during the stationing phase of the aircraft on the ground.
This exercise was carried out outside the national borders in order to exercise the ability to operate at long distances and increase the level of mutual knowledge between the European Armed Forces, with particular reference to the host Nation (Germany).
The marked aeronautical characterization that distinguishes the crews of the 46ª Air Brigade and the Raiders of the 17 ° Stormo within the entire Section of the units of Defense Special Forces, makes this combination of highly specialized surface forces and flight arrangements possible, giving in this way the Italian Air Force can rely on its own strengths in facing operations Personnel Recovery (PR).