May 11, 2017 (by A1C April Lancto) - Airmen assigned to the 7th Logistics Readiness Squadron and 39th Airlift Squadron participated in a joint exercise on May 2 to 5.
Airmen back a Humvee into a C-130J at Dyess AFB, Texas, May 3, 2017. More than 60 Airmen and soldiers took part in the joint exercise, JADE HELM 2017, which simulates aerial drops of equipment and personnel. [USAF photo by Amn Kylee Thomas]
The U.S. Special Operations command exercise Joint Assistance for Deployment Execution Homeland Eradication of Local Militants also known as JADE HELM, involves multiple military bases and simulates air drops of equipment and personnel to eliminate any combatants in areas not owned by the U.S.
"Our role in this exercise is to utilize our C-130J fleet with the 317th Airlift Group to transport cargo off aircraft and forward deploy that cargo from here to the next destination through C-17s or our C-130s," said Lt. Col. Jerry Ottinger, 7th Logistics Readiness commander.
More than 40 Airmen and Soldiers transported to Dyess Air Force Base on C-17 Globemaster IIIs during exercise JADE HELM.
"Our mission is to focus on assisting and preparing Airmen for deployments, exercises, natural disasters or emergencies," said Tech. Sgt. Jose Ortega, 7th LRS air transportation section chief.
Approximately 120,000 pounds of cargo was handled by the air transportation section of 7th LRS.
"We are the wing's mobility machine," Ottinger said. "We self-augment out of the squadron, where we shut down portions of vehicle maintenance, supply, traffic management office. Airmen will run the cargo function, personnel deployment function, and every component that is required to mobilize [equipment and personnel] or even, in this case, mobilize transient forces out of Dyess Air Force Base."
The 39th AS provided the C-130J fleet during the exercise and led Dyess' mission planning efforts. Airmen from the 39th AS also worked alongside the lead C-17 Globemaster III unit from Charleston Air Force Base, S, to ensure Air Force expectations and responsibilities were met.
"The 39th AS Mission Planning Cell personnel put in countless hours in preparation for this exercise over the past two months and the success of this exercise was tied directly to their dedication and efforts," said Capt. Joe Becker, 39th AS B-flight commander. "Additionally, several loadmasters performed 24-hour duties ensuring the smooth flow of ground operations at Dyess AFB during execution."
It was a team effort that allowed Dyess to meet its mission objectives.
"The 39th AS would like to thank the 7th LRS for their support during all aspects of the mission," Becker adds. "They were vital to the success of this exercise."