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C-130 pilot students conduct Joint Forcible Entry Training in class 21A WSINT

C-130 flying over desert

Several C-130s fly in formation during a training exercise for class 21A Weapons Instructor Course at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 5, 2021. Both C-130H and C-130J models were launched and conducted combat aerial support after months of training and plaining from the pilot students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

2 Airmen conduct pre-flight checks

U.S. Air Force C-130J crew chiefs and load masters perform pre-flight checks prior to their take-off for a class 21A Weapons Instructor Course culmination exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 5, 2021. Air Force crew chiefs are integral to the flying mission, ensuring safety and optimal performance for pilots and aircrews’ missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

silhouette of students preparing inspections

Students and a 29th Weapons Squadron instructor begin their final pre-flight inspections during a training exercise for class 21A Weapons Instructor Course at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 5, 2021. Both C-130H and C-130J models were launched and conducted combat aerial support after months of training and planning from the pilot students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

C-130 takes off for JFE

A C-130J takes off to begin a training exercise for class 21A Weapons Instructor Course at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 5, 2021. Over 25 C-130 variants participated in an evasive and strategic combat aerial operation exercise piloted by 29th Weapons Squadron students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

portrait photo of crew chief and C-130s

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Casey Tabb, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, stands in front of dozens of C-130 airframes prior to their take-off for a class 21A Weapons Instructor Course culmination exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 5, 2021. Air Force crew chiefs are integral to the flying mission, ensuring safety and optimal performance for pilots and aircrews’ missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

pilot conducts in-flight operation

Capt. Shawn Riley, 29th WPS C-130J pilot, conducts in-flight operation as the lead aircraft of the formation for class 21A Weapons Instructor Course over the Nevada Test and Training Range, Nevada, June 5, 2021. Students from the 21A WSINT class spent over five and half months preparing and learning how to conduct large-scale aerial operations to provide air supremacy for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

silhouette of student conducting inspections

Staff Sgt. Joshua Bruchwalksi, 29th Weapons Squadron loadmaster, radios to the pilots after conducting in-flight safety checks during a class 21A Weapons Instructor Course culmination exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 5, 2021. Loadmasters are responsible for loading, securing, proper weight distribution and passenger safety before and during air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

C-130s on flight li ne

A C-130J is parked on the runway and prepared for take-off during a training exercise for class 21A Weapons Instructor Course at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 5, 2021. Both C-130H and C-130J models were launched and conducted combat aerial support after months of training and planning from the pilot students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

pilots sit in theater for briefing

Dozens of C-130 pilots from the Air Mobility Command are briefed on the daily mission during their class 21A Weapons Instructor Course culmination exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 5, 2021. After several months of training, pilots were given the chance to coordinate and execute combat operations with over 25 airframes to include F-16 Fighting Falcons, F-15 Strike Eagles, C-17’s Globemasters and aerial support airframes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

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.