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Air Force, Army conduct joint deployment prep exercises

Air Force, Army conduct joint deployment prep exercises

A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to the 428th Field Artillery Brigade from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, looks out the back of a C-130J Super Hercules at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 1, 2019. Together, the brigade, 39th Airlift Squadron and 40th Squadron from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, participated in an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise. This exercise tested the capabilities of both military branches to efficiently mobilize ground equipment and troops at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo and illustration by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Air Force, Army conduct joint deployment prep exercises

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 39th Airlift Squadron and the 40th Airlift Squadron in Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, work together with U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 428th Field Artillery Brigade from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to load artillery and Humvees into C-130J Super Hercules at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 1, 2019. The two squadrons teamed up with the brigade for an exercise to simulate deployed operations as a form of training which would benefit them when deployed overseas in real-world scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Air Force, Army conduct joint deployment prep exercises

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 428th Field Artillery Brigade from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, prepare to load artillery and a Humvee into a C-130J Super Hercules at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 1, 2019. During the joint-exercise, the troops worked with the 39th Airlift Squadron and 40th Airlift Squadron from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, to simulate a deployed emergency scenario that tested the capabilities of how quick they can mobilize. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Air Force, Army conduct joint deployment prep exercises

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 428th Field Artillery Brigade from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, prepare to load artillery and a Humvee into a C-130J Super Hercules at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 1, 2019. The brigade worked with the 39th Airlift Squadron and 40th Airlift Squadron from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, during an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise. Working with other service branches, like the Army, helps the aircrew to understand the needs and limitations to prepare for follow on operations and gives them feedback for how they can improve the operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Air Force, Army conduct joint deployment prep exercises

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Anthony Byrd, 40th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, looks out the back of a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 1, 2019. During their exercises, the 39th Airlift Squadron and 40th AS conducted a four aircraft formation airdrop before three of the aircraft flew to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, for an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise with the 428th Field Artillery Brigade from Fort Sill, Oklahoma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Air Force, Army conduct joint deployment prep exercises

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 428th Field Artillery Brigade from Fort Sill, Okla., prepare to load artillery into a C-130J Super Hercules at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 1, 2019. Together, the brigade, 39th Airlift Squadron and 40th Squadron from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, loaded heavy artillery and Humvees into three C-130Js. Each aircraft held one Humvee, artillery and troops to simulate deploying into a combat field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Air Force, Army conduct joint deployment prep exercises

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 428th Field Artillery Brigade from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, looks back from the driver’s seat of a Humvee while preparing to load artillery and the Humvee into a C-130J Super Hercules at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 1, 2019. During the Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise, troops helped with backing in a Humvee and an artillery trailer as U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, directed them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Air Force, Army conduct joint deployment prep exercises

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gary Wooldridge, 40th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, secures a Humvee inside of a C-130J Super Hercules at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 1, 2019. The 317th Airlift Wing from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, participates in many joint exercises each month in order to improve their efficiency when working with other military branches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Air Force, Army conduct joint deployment prep exercises

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Jacob Echeverry, left, and Capt. Max Mallory, 40th Airlift Squadron pilots from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, fly a C-130J Super Hercules off a runway in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 1, 2019. Other military branches, such as the Army, are an invaluable asset to the aircrews’ training. They are able to integrate what they learn from the services into future operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 39th Airlift Squadron and 40th Airlift Squadron assigned to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, worked alongside the 428th Field Artillery Brigade assigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to complete a joint exercise with three C-130J Super Hercules, May 1, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

During the exercise, each aircraft received artillery, a Humvee and approximately 10 troops to simulate deploying into a combative zone overseas.

“It is important to conduct these joint exercises with the Army so that we can better prepare for operations, such as this one, downrange,” said 1st Lt. Jacob Echeverry, 40th AS pilot. “Working with them and understanding their needs and limitations helps us better prepare for follow on operations and gives us feedback for how we can improve the operation.”

These exercises are called Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercises. The purpose is to test the efficiency of mobilizing ground equipment and troops at a moment’s notice.
The 317th Airlift Wing regularity conducts these exercises to ensure accuracy, precision and excellence in the execution of joint exercise tasks.

This provides the squadrons with more combat exclusive training they often see when deployed overseas. One of the points for the exercises are to have a larger aircraft formation to challenge the crews with handling bigger communication and coordination roles. It also provides C-130J loadmasters the opportunity to load less commonly used cargo.

“These joint exercises help Airmen in my career field learn from new challenges faced when dealing with cargo we aren’t used to,” said Airman 1st Class Brooklynn Grimm, 40th AS loadmaster. “It helps build us and become mentors for future loadmasters entering the field.”

With these regular 317th AW exercises, the aircrews receive tools they need for the day they deploy into the overseas environments while becoming stronger and more versatile Airmen.