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Joint Base Charleston to provide support in training exercise

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Joint Base Charleston is sending about 15 C-17 aircraft to Fort Bragg, N.C., on Thursday for exercises. (Photo/U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Richard T. Kaminsky)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.

Reach Patrick Hoff at 843-849-3144.

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