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Air Force and Army troops hold joint training at Keesler Air Force Base

The training, which kicked off Friday, is the first of its kind for the troops. (Photo source: WLOX) The training, which kicked off Friday, is the first of its kind for the troops. (Photo source: WLOX)
Msgt. Martin noted that the cross training better equips the troops for real-life situations. (Photo source: WLOX) Msgt. Martin noted that the cross training better equips the troops for real-life situations. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Though troops spend a lot of time training throughout the year, there's a bit of a twist for a special inspection training taking place at Keesler Air Force Base.

"We've been trying to do this for a couple of years, but to get the schedules all worked out is very difficult," Air Delivery Manager Master Sergeant Steve Martin said.

For the first time, troops from the Air Force Reserve, Mississippi Air National Guard and Mississippi Army National Guard will train side-by-side performing joint inspections on three vehicles, as well as loading and offloading procedures. Friday was the first of three days of training.

"Usually when we do trainings like this it's our own equipment. But as far as using other people's equipment and stuff like that, that's what makes this a little more unique," Airman Shane Tucher said.

Not only are service men and women training mentally and physically, they're also training to work together so that when real life situations happen, they're well acquainted. 

"There are many different styles of Humvee. There's many different styles of different vehicles, but to get to work with them a little bit more than what we would to be more familiar with them over there makes it expedite the process," Tucher said.

And together, Master Sgt. Martin says that's the goal of this joint training. The Air Force, Army Joint training will continue Saturday with airlift training.

"They're going to have to learn to work together and that's the importance of our job - being able to work with our sister units. And we never know when that's going to happen, so if we practice it and when they show up the next time they will know who they are.," Master Sgt. Martin added.

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