Those gathered at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia on Tuesday were treated to an impressive sight as South Carolina-based military aircraft provided a rare photo opportunity over the building’s famous dome.
More than a dozen C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the 437th and 315th Airlift Wings took off Tuesday from Joint Base Charleston to provide airdrop support for the U.S. Army’s 509th Infantry Regiment in Fort Polk, Louisiana,
While en route to Louisiana, the C-17s and their F-16 Fighting Falcon escorts from the SC Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing flew over the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston and the Statehouse in Columbia. The 169th is based out of McEntire Air National Guard base in Eastover.
“[The] flyover was a showcase to the American public that the U.S. has the ability to harness massive amounts of airpower and deliver that airpower anywhere in the world at any time,” said Capt. Stephen Hudson, 169th Fighter Wing Chief of Public Affairs.
The aircraft were conducting an integrated large formation readiness exercise while supporting the 509th Infantry Regiment’s personnel and heavy equipment airdrops over Fort Polk, according to officials at Joint Base Charleston.
“Our Rapid Global Mobility force is a partnership between active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian workforces, working together to execute the air mobility mission around the world,” 437th Airlift Wing commander Col. Jimmy Canlas said. “Our Mobility Airmen enable the joint fight. Without our critical capabilities, combatant commanders would not be able to rapidly get the right people and equipment to the right place and time.” [Read more…]