403rd Wing to Conduct Large Training Exercise

Contributor: Rachael Thomas
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Updated: 4/03 1:40 pm
403rd Wing C-130J Super Hercules and WC-130J Hercules aircraft and personnel are scheduled to participate in a large exercise April 5th.

Operation Surge Capacity is a wing level training exercise designed to test multiple capabilities of the 403d Wing.

"Citizen Airmen at Keesler Air Force Base provide Global Reach for the United States Air Force in support of global combatant commander requirements," said Col. Frank L. Amodeo, 403rd Wing commander. "Operation Surge Capacity will help ensure readiness in a total team effort."

The majority of the training will take place at Keesler Air Force Base and at Stennis International Airport. Local residents may see an increase in the amount of military aerial activity the first weekend of April and there may be an increase in noise level for the duration of the exercise.

"The Air Force Reserve Command's guiding principles are to provide a combat ready, cost effective and experienced force," said Amodeo.

"From the Air Force Reserve Command, that force provides operational capability, strategic depth, and surge capacity. Periodically we must exercise our capabilities to ensure a viable, relevant and sustainable professional military force. We are going to launch all of our available 20 aircraft. This will stress our processes and systems, which will provide great training for our flying squadrons and support personnel."

The 815th Airlift Squadron, 345th AS and 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron will work with the Army's 7th Special Forces Group from Duke Field, Fla., to accomplish large formation and paratrooper airdrop training.

For more information, call the 403rd Wing Public Affairs Office at (228) 377-2056.
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