Air Force to practice formations Thursday

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A multi-ship C-17 formation is scheduled to take off

Thursday morning to conduct a variety of training missions.

Up to 9 C-17s will take off in the morning and will depart on a training route that will include

airdrops, aerial refueling and low-level tactical training.

The exercise has been coordinated with the Charleston County Aviation Authority and will not

delay regularly scheduled flights at Charleston International Airport.

This large formation exercise (LFE) is a total-force effort with aircrews consisting of active-duty

Airmen from the 437th Airlift Wing and Reservists from the 315th Airlift Wing. The last LFE

was conducted in April 2013. This exercise is not in response to real-world events.

Thursday’s event will complete over 500 training requirements and will maintain mission

readiness. LFEs are an efficient method of training C-17 Globemaster III aircrew, maintenance

and support Airmen on a wide variety of requirements in a short period of time.

These skills are needed at all times to ensure the Joint Base Charleston team can move large

amounts of forces, cargo or passengers when called upon or when ordered to evacuate due to an

incoming hurricane.

“The skills we test today are the same skills we would use to provide our country’s response to a

humanitarian crisis or a conflict anywhere in the world,” said Col. Frederick Boehm, 437th

Operations Group commander. “Exercises, such as this one, provide Joint Base Charleston

personnel a realistic scenario to practice their abilities to operate as a team and enhances their readiness to execute their worldwide mission.”

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