The 41st, 61st and 48th Airlift Squadrons delivered Herculean muscle to Operation Dragon Spear on Aug. 6. Dragon Spear was one of the most complex joint-training exercises in more than a decade. The Joint Force Exercise at the U.S. Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, included more than 1,500 fighting forces from XVIII Airborne Corps, the 82nd Airborne Division, the 75th Ranger Regiment, the 3rd Battalion, the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the U.S. Air Force.
Joint Forcible Entry exercises train the Global Response Force and demonstrate its readiness to deploy and fight globally within hours as a Joint Force. Joint Force Exercise Dragon Spear focused upon the interoperability, interdependence and integration of Conventional and Special Operations Forces in a complex dynamic combat scenario.
The March Air Reserve Base was used as a staging ground for aircraft, paratroopers and heavy equipment — C-130s and C-17s were used to carry and drop more than 600 paratroopers from the Army’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. The cargo planes also delivered more than 30 Army assets, such as militarized all-terrain vehicles, howitzers and M1126 Stryker combat vehicles.