KEESLER AFB, BILOXI (WLOX) - Soldiers and Airmen will train side-by-side this weekend in a joint training exercise called Joint Conquest. The exercise starts Friday, Sept. 11 and will run through Sunday.
The main portion of the training is scheduled to take place Sept. 12 during the 403rd Wing's September unit training assembly. It will involve personnel from the Air Force Reserve, Mississippi Air National Guard and Mississippi Army National Guard, and take place both at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi and the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center.
"This will be the first time Air Force and Army personnel have worked together at these locations to perform joint service training," said Master Sgt. Steve Martin, 41st Aerial Port Squadron.
Soldiers and Airmen will perform joint inspections of three vehicles, loading them onto two C-130J aircraft, and flying them back and forth between Keesler AFB and the Gulfport CRTC. Vehicles and personnel will be swapped between the two aircraft at each location, allowing military members to train in loading and offloading procedures at both sites.
Military members from the following units are scheduled to participate in the training: from the Air Force Reserve, the 403rd Current Operations, 815th Airlift Squadron, and 41st Aerial Port Squadron, all of which fall under command of the 403rd Wing at Keesler AFB; from the Mississippi Air National Guard, the 255th Air Control Squadron from the Gulfport CRTC; and from the Mississippi Army National Guard, the 890th Engineering Battalion and 1108th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group from Gulfport.