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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley (center), 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, helps with collecting donations for a charity event during Battle Proms at Hatfield Park, Hatfield, United Kingdom, July 14, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program not only allows military members to learn and exchange ideas about their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley (center), 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, helps with collecting donations for a charity event during Battle Proms at Hatfield Park, Hatfield, United Kingdom, July 14, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program not only allows military members to learn and exchange ideas about their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley (third from left), 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, poses with members from the United States Air Force Reserves and Royal Air Force during Battle Proms at Hatfield Park, Hatfield, United Kingdom, July 14, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program not only allows military members to learn and exchange ideas about their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley (third from left), 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, poses with members from the United States Air Force Reserves and Royal Air Force during Battle Proms at Hatfield Park, Hatfield, United Kingdom, July 14, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program not only allows military members to learn and exchange ideas about their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley (right), 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, poses with members from the United States Air Force Reserves and Royal Air Force during the Air Tattoo air show at RAF Fairford, Fairford, United Kingdom, July 14, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program not only allows military members to learn and exchange ideas about their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley (right), 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, poses with members from the United States Air Force Reserves and Royal Air Force during the Air Tattoo air show at RAF Fairford, Fairford, United Kingdom, July 14, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program not only allows military members to learn and exchange ideas about their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley (right), 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, poses with members from the United States Air Force Reserves and Royal Air Force during the Air Tattoo air show at RAF Fairford, Fairford, United Kingdom, July 14, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program not only allows military members to learn and exchange ideas about their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley (right), 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, poses with members from the United States Air Force Reserves and Royal Air Force during the Air Tattoo air show at RAF Fairford, Fairford, United Kingdom, July 14, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program not only allows military members to learn and exchange ideas about their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley, 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, along with members of the United States Air Force Reserves pose in front of Buckingham Palace during the RAF100 parade, London, United Kingdom, July 10, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program not only allows military members to learn and exchange ideas about their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley, 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, along with members of the United States Air Force Reserves pose in front of Buckingham Palace during the RAF100 parade, London, United Kingdom, July 10, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program not only allows military members to learn and exchange ideas about their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley, 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, poses with a church keeper at Saint Martin's Church, Bladon, United Kingdom July 17, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program program bout their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley, 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, poses with a church keeper at Saint Martin's Church, Bladon, United Kingdom July 17, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program program bout their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley (center), 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, helps with collecting donations for a charity event during Battle Proms at Hatfield Park, Hatfield, United Kingdom, July 14, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program not only allows military members to learn and exchange ideas about their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley (center), 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, helps with collecting donations for a charity event during Battle Proms at Hatfield Park, Hatfield, United Kingdom, July 14, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program not only allows military members to learn and exchange ideas about their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley (center), 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, helps with collecting donations for a charity event during Battle Proms at Hatfield Park, Hatfield, United Kingdom, July 14, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program not only allows military members to learn and exchange ideas about their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley (center), 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, helps with collecting donations for a charity event during Battle Proms at Hatfield Park, Hatfield, United Kingdom, July 14, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program not only allows military members to learn and exchange ideas about their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley, 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, stands at attention along with members from the United States Air Force Reserves and Royal Air Force during Battle Proms at Hatfield Park, Hatfield, United Kingdom, July 14, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program not only allows military members to learn and exchange ideas about their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley, 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, stands at attention along with members from the United States Air Force Reserves and Royal Air Force during Battle Proms at Hatfield Park, Hatfield, United Kingdom, July 14, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program not only allows military members to learn and exchange ideas about their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley, 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, posed with a squadron plaque that he received from spending two weeks with the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom as part of the Military Reserve Exchange Program at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, August 5, 2018. During his trip, Chipley was embedded with members of the 4624 Squadron of the Royal Air Force where he presented briefings about the North Carolina Air National Guard and experienced their military culture.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley, 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, posed with a squadron plaque that he received from spending two weeks with the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom as part of the Military Reserve Exchange Program at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, August 5, 2018. During his trip, Chipley was embedded with members of the 4624 Squadron of the Royal Air Force where he presented briefings about the North Carolina Air National Guard and experienced their military culture.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley, 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, receives a squadron plaque from the commanding officer of the 4624 Squadron Royal Air Force Reserves, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, July 19, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program provides National Guard and Reserve Participants training associated with mobilization duties while enhancing their ability to work and communicate with military individuals of the host nation.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley, 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, receives a squadron plaque from the commanding officer of the 4624 Squadron Royal Air Force Reserves, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, July 19, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program provides National Guard and Reserve Participants training associated with mobilization duties while enhancing their ability to work and communicate with military individuals of the host nation.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley, 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, presents a briefing about the North Carolina Air National Guard to the 4624 Squadron Royal Air Force Reserves, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, July 19, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program provides National Guard and Reserve Participants training associated with mobilization duties while enhancing their ability to work and communicate with military individuals of the host nation.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley, 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, presents a briefing about the North Carolina Air National Guard to the 4624 Squadron Royal Air Force Reserves, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, July 19, 2018. The Military Reserve Exchange Program provides National Guard and Reserve Participants training associated with mobilization duties while enhancing their ability to work and communicate with military individuals of the host nation.

08/05/2018 – CHARLOTTE, N.C. – -- Staff Sgt. Jason Chipley, 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, spent two weeks with the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom as part of the Military Reserve Exchange Program (MREP). This trip allowed Staff Sgt. Chipley to share his experience with the Royal Air Force and experience their culture.

“It was a great honor to work with the Royal Air Force. MREP is meant to build relationships and to learn from one another and I was happy to be a part of that,” said Chipley.

MREP is an annual coordinated international exchange program with NATO militaries to help develop cultural understanding, regional expertise and language proficiency and interoperability. It provides National Guard and Reserve Participants training associated with mobilization duties while enhancing their ability to work and communicate with military individuals of the host nation.

“This was a great opportunity for Staff Sgt. Chipley and he represented the North Carolina Air National Guard well. He had the full support of the wing while he was there,” said 1st Lt. Jack Hogue, 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, who is the Materials Management Officer in Charge.

The MREP program not only allows military members to learn and exchange ideas about their respective career fields, but it also provides the opportunity to be immersed in the host country’s culture.

“I was lucky to visit when I did because I was able to see the 100 year celebration of the Royal Air Force and see many historical sites around the country,” said Chipley.

Members of the Royal Air Force took Chipley to see sites like the Royal Air Force Headquarters, a military parade, air shows, Buckingham Palace, Winston Churchill’s burial site, and various small towns during his visit.

“The hospitability of the Royal Air Force was great and I don’t think the experience would have been the same if it wasn’t with the military,” said Chipley, who visited the United Kingdom for first time.

Chipley also stated that he was able to help with a charity event that benefited the Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, and Families Association, which is similar to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“The people were extremely giving and excited to see us. They even wanted to take pictures with me because I was with the United States Air Force,” said Chipley. “I hope to go back again!”