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A US airman participates in a heavy drop exercise during Saber Junction 16, April 5, 2016, at Aviano AB, Italy. Air Force photo by A1C Cary Smith.

Air Force C-130s, C-17s, and aircrews are taking part in a NATO training exercise made up of 5,000 participants and 18 nations this month in Germany. Exercise Saber Junction 16 at Hohenfels Training Area, which will run through April 24, is focused on land operations in a joint, combined environment, according to a 31st Fighter Wing release. “This is what we train for, to see everything come into place on a scale this big,” Capt. Steven Marinos, commander of the 908th Airlift Wing, said in the release. Aircraft dropped paratroopers and large equipment across multiple landing zones throughout the four-week exercise.