Approximately 15 Air Force cargo planes from Joint Base Charleston’s 437th and 315th airlift wings are scheduled to provide airdrop support in a training exercise on Thursday with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C.
The C-17 Globemaster III aircraft are scheduled to take off from Joint Base Charleston at 8 a.m., headed for Pope Army Airfield at Fort Bragg, N.C. They’re expected to fly over Charleston Harbor and the Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge around 8:30 a.m., with a return trip slated for around 2 p.m.
The exercise is not expected to delay flights at Charleston International Airport.
The exercise will include airdrops and low-level tactical training, including dropping paratroopers and equipment to simulate a joint forcible entry. According to an Army webpage, the goal of joint forcible entry exercises is to integrate air and land operations to test their readiness against an enemy force.