Multiple military branches converged on Charleston this week for an annual training exercise meant to test their readiness to work together when called to action.
The training, called Exercise Dragon Lifeline, involved the 841st Transportation Battalion from Joint Base Charleston, the 437th Airlift Wing from Joint Base Charleston, Naval Support Activity Charleston from the joint base and the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command is responsible for deploying on short notice to any area of operation or joint area of operation in the world to support XVIII Airborne Corps and Northern Command.
The first phase of the exercise involved soldiers conducting rail and port operations Wednesday at Joint Base Charleston, practicing loading and unloading vehicles and other cargo from ships and rail transport.
The second phase included C-17 Globemaster III airlifts out of Joint Base Charleston to deliver heavy equipment to Fort Bragg and Joint Base Langley-Eustis on Thursday and Friday.
Though this type of exercise is annual, Dragon Lifeline involved approximately 500 service members and 200 pieces of equipment, more than double the number of service members and amount of equipment involved last year.