Dyess uses C-130Js to prep for real-life mission

C-130Js send troops to Las Vegas base for training exercises

ABILENE, Texas - Dyess Air Force Base conducted a training exercise with 24 C-130Js on Saturday morning and the public was invited.

The planes took off from Dyess and are set to land at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas to work with simulators and prep for real-life situations.

Lt. Col. Michael Brock, commander of the 39th Airlift Squadron, said Dyess isn't the only base involved in the exercise.

"Our units and aircraft that gathered here were part of over 60 plus aircraft that will eventually be involved in exercises going on in Nellis," Brock said.

The Air Force works closely with the Army and Saturday's exercise serves as practice for both branches.

"We're the ride for the Army paratroopers who are gonna jump into an airfield or an objective area and conduct operations," Brock said.

Brock said with the right air power, they are able to access areas that are otherwise forbidden. In other words, they are preparing to fight their way in.

Upon arrival to Nellis, Brock said the work isn't done. Some of the aircraft will continue to real-world missions.

When it comes to cost efficiency, Brock said the 'J' model is the best option.

"The C-130J is about the most fuel efficient asset that we in our command so practicing with the C-130J is a very efficient way for the Army to get their training," Brock said.

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