NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. --
Pilots and aircrew recently flew 26 C-130 variant models from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, to Nellis AFB, Nevada for a Joint Forcible Entry sortie to culminate their extensive training at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School.
Joint Forcible Entry Operations (JFEO) was the primary objective for the C-130 pilots to execute learned training on how to seize, neutralize and provide air-to-ground manpower. This particular training not only includes Air Combat Command instructors from the 29th Weapons Squadron, but aided Air Mobility Command pilots and their aircrews with a unique experience alike.
“This was my first JFE. The planning was intense; a lot of long hours and lot of hard work by everyone involved,” said Capt. Shawn Riley, 29th WPS C-130J pilot.
Understanding, planning and executing airborne insertion of Air Force assets is integral to how the current and future contingency of combat operations will evolve. The students spent over five months learning how to be the best of the best to rightfully earn their patches.
“The plan came together with the many hours spent, making sure the plan could be executed in a safe manner,” said Riley.
The 26 C-130s conducted an evasive formation that joined defensive-air aircraft over the Nevada Test and Training Range, testing executing their ultimate objective of Joint All-Domain Command and Control, developing future pilots and leaders.
Training like this at the USAFWS allows students from all branches of the U.S. military and allied partners to plan and conduct complex combat aerial operations, paving the way for future leaders to ensure flexible logistics and drive innovation, helping to strengthen our alliances.