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RODEO 2009, Air Mobility Command's premier mobility competition, will take place July 19 - 25, 2009 at McChord Air Force Base, Wash.

The international competition focuses on readiness, and features airdrops, aerial refueling and other events which will showcase the unique and wide-ranging capabilities of military security forces, and aerial port, maintenance and aeromedical evacuation personnel.

More than 100 teams and 2,500 people from the Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard, as well as allied nations, are expected to participate.

The last biennial competition took place in July 2007 at McChord AFB. While the operations tempo remains high, Maj. Gen. Brooks Bash, Air Mobility Command Directorate of Operations and RODEO 2009 commander, says it's important that AMC continue this key event.

"RODEO showcases AMC's best of the best and allows us to train and learn through spirited competition," said General Bash. "Not only does this world-class competition train mobility forces for the fight, it provides a forum for Airmen and our international partners to share the best of tactics and techniques. Improvement and cooperation are essential in our continued participation in overseas contingency operations."

RODEO competitions are designed as military training events and are not open to the public. Media wishing to cover RODEO should contact AMC/PAC at 618-229-7821.