HomeNewsArticle Display

Airmen, Soldiers strengthen joint skill sets in Exercise Predictable Iron

An 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers waits to jump out of a C-17 Globemaster III from McChord Field, Wash., during Exercise Predictable Iron near Pope Field, N.C., Aug. 21, 2018. Airmen from the 62nd Airlift Wing worked with the paratroopers during the exercise to help them maintain their airborne readiness requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

An 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper waits to jump out of a C-17 Globemaster III from McChord Field, Wash., during Exercise Predictable Iron near Pope Field, N.C., Aug. 21, 2018. Airmen from the 62nd Airlift Wing worked with the paratroopers during the exercise to help them maintain their airborne readiness requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Drew Czarnecki, left, and Staff Sgt. Raymond Sandoval, both 7th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, stow the disassembled part of seat away inside a C-17 Globemaster III during Exercise Predictable Iron at Pope Field, N.C., Aug. 23, 2018. Over the course of three days, Czarnecki, Sandoval and other Airmen helped drop 1,005 paratroopers during the exercise.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Tech. Sgt. Drew Czarnecki, left, and Staff Sgt. Raymond Sandoval, both 7th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, stow the disassembled part of a seat away inside a C-17 Globemaster III during Exercise Predictable Iron at Pope Field, N.C., Aug. 23, 2018. Over the course of three days, Czarnecki, Sandoval and other Airmen helped drop 1,005 paratroopers during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division jump from a C-17 Globemaster III from McChord Field, Wash., during Exercise Predictable Iron at Pope Field, N.C., Aug 23, 2018. Airmen from the 62nd Airlift Wing worked alongside the Army to drop equipment and personnel during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division jump from a C-17 Globemaster III from McChord Field, Wash., during Exercise Predictable Iron at Pope Field, N.C., Aug. 23, 2018. Over the course of three days, Airmen from the 62nd Airlift Wing dropped 1,005 paratroopers during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AFNS) -- Airmen from the 62nd Airlift Wing participated in a joint exercise with the 82nd Airborne Division to drop equipment and personnel at two drop zones during Exercise Predictable Iron Aug. 20 to 24 at Pope Field, North Carolina.

Airmen from the 7th and 8th Airlift Squadrons crewed two C-17 Globemaster IIIs to assist more than a thousand Army paratroopers in the exercise as joint training between the 62nd AW and 82nd Airborne.

“It is crucial that the Air Force and Army work well together because without each other the mission fails,” said Capt. Jared Barkemeyer, 7th AS pilot and aircraft commander for one of the C-17s. “Without the reliable transport the Air Force provides, the Army could not execute their objectives in a timely manner via airdrop.

“The airdrop insertion at a mass scale is something no other nation in the world can provide,” he continued. “But, without the Army, the Air Force would strictly serve an air-land mission and, as a service, we would become less flexible to user requests.”

The Airmen worked alongside Soldiers to load equipment onto the aircraft, as well as with jumpmasters and paratroopers to help them maintain their readiness requirements for airborne missions.

“Every jump I’ve been on the Air Force has been extremely helpful, accommodating and willing to work with us,” said Maj. Brian Plover, 173 Cavalry Scout, 2nd Brigade operations officer. “I have had no issues at all with the Air Force in my time jumping or as a jumpmaster.”

A benefit of the joint exercise was determining where there may be shortfalls and strengthening those areas to become more efficient or effective. “It’s important that the Air Force participate in these events to ensure that we are ready to do what our nation expects of us, which is to insert the 82nd Airborne anywhere in the world within a short time frame,” Barkemeyer said. “Also, during these events we identify shortcomings between the two services and eliminate them in order to strengthen our joint-force initiative.”

Over the course of three days, Airmen and Soldiers dropped 40 tons of equipment, such as armored vehicles and re-supply containers, as well as 1,005 paratroopers.

“Working with the Army was great,” Barkemeyer said. “Inserting hundreds of jumpers into an objective area tests the crew’s abilities, as well as strengthens our habit patterns. The 82nd jumpers are some of the toughest service members around and being able to airdrop them is an honor.

“The exercise was a total joint success,” he continued. “The Army users received all the training they needed as scheduled, and the 62nd AW provided every lift on time thanks to the aircrews as well as the outstanding 62nd AW maintenance support that kept the aircraft mission ready all week.”

During one of the personnel airdrops, the Army also practiced dropping the caster assisted A-series Delivery System, which is a new method to drop door bundles, a container of equipment pushed out the doors of an aircraft.

“It’s pretty much a door bundle on wheels,” Plover said. “It’s a new thing, every jump we push out a CAADS. It holds supplies that are needed immediately, such as water, food or ammo.”

While the exercise provided the Airmen with the opportunity to work alongside Soldiers, it also provided a chance for Air Force crews from other squadrons to work together.

“I thoroughly enjoyed participating in this exercise all week,” Barkemeyer said. “Working with my crew from the 7th AS, as well as the crew from the 8th AS, was awesome. We worked really well as one unit and had fun doing it.”

Exercise Predictable Iron provided the opportunity for the Air Force and Army to strengthen their skill sets together and work toward a common goal. Exercises such as this one help accomplish the Defense Department’s enduring mission to provide combat-credible military forces needed to deter war and protect the nation’s security.

Engage

Twitter
RT @USAFCENT: F-16s get topped off with fuel by a KC-135 while supporting CJTF-OIR, where the main mission is to Defeat Da'esh. #FightToWin
Twitter
.@146AirliftWing Airmen administer #COVID19 vaccines to military dependents at the Channel Islands Air National Gua… https://t.co/1Zq9vmf9w2
Twitter
RT @AFSpecOpsCmd: Global coordination with its finest 💥 During HIMARS and HIRAIN training, Air Commandos and @USMC successfully proved the…
Twitter
Today is National #FormerPOWRecognitionDay. This day honors the captured wartime service members who eventually cam… https://t.co/pIRIXAS6f7
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: #TeamWhiteman welcomed Acting Secretary Roth today, where the base’s leadership & #Airmen showcased the unique capabilit…
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: .@TXMilitary Airmen with the @149FW Med Group operate a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. T…
Twitter
Demonstrating the United States' commitment to providing #AirPower, stability and support around the globe at a mom… https://t.co/x8OLgaJmqO
Twitter
The Air Force released its new mission statement: To fly, fight, and win … airpower anytime, anywhere. Read more: https://t.co/HalC2dX2kh
Twitter
The #AirForce's new mission statement is: To fly, fight, and win … Airpower anytime, anywhere. This change emphasiz… https://t.co/akmi7PLwyd
Twitter
The @AF_Academy's Scott McMurray performs a floor routine during the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championshi… https://t.co/BQJHzxq25g
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Looking forward to the discussions at today’s Army/Air Force Warfighter Talks. When it comes to national defense, collabo…
Twitter
The Department of the #AirForce is working to further improve living conditions in privatized housing for its… https://t.co/Kyafyb5pXo
Twitter
“As we continue to accelerate change, we have to think outside the box on how we train." - Capt. Dmytro Pichkur, 61… https://t.co/sLkVA5ctCP
Twitter
“In order to accelerate the change we need in the #AirForce, Team Edwards understands that no one can do this alone… https://t.co/OH0xBzS3YY
Twitter
The @AF_Academy is committed to developing leaders of character. Their graduates have always inspired others. Soon,… https://t.co/rjSmH70SN8
Twitter
RT @HQ_AFMC: #success! This is the 6th flight of the Valkyrie for @AFResearchLab & the first time the payload bay doors have been opened…
Twitter
Don't miss this event LIVE at 3 p.m.! https://t.co/CFkBHJMCsi
Twitter
.@TeamTyndall's SrA Can Liu deployed to support the #COVID19 vaccination efforts in New York. She is the only Airma… https://t.co/LIfeJ48lNL
Twitter
The newest aircraft in the #AirForce fleet has been christened the F-15EX Eagle II. The Eagle II includes the lates… https://t.co/4TIA52fk06
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,341,115
Follow Us