Southern Strike Underway
Mississippi National Guardsmen charged with keeping aircraft ready for takeoff tell News 25 a massive training exercise in Gulfport improves their skills.
Southern Strike is underway at the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport. Maintainers from the 172nd Airlift Wing provide essential aircraft maintenance for C-17s which can transport personnel or equipment anywhere in the world.
The National Guard says quality maintenance and repairs are vital to provide reliable aircraft. Master Sgt. Angel Padilla said, “These exercises are to hone your skills. You take what works and develop further and what doesn’t work you just don’t use it anymore. It allows us to get better at what we do and to put into practice what we do in a deployed situation.”
The 172nd Airlift Wing is based in Jackson. Southern Strike lasts until November 4th.