Dyess Airmen Expand Their Airdrop Training Envelope

Members of the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess AFB, Tex., successfully dropped two Joint Precision Airdrop System bundles from 15,000 feet during training earlier this month at Nellis AFB, Nev., according to group officials. This marked the highest altitude from which the group’s C-130 crews deployed JPADS in training, states Dyess’ Dec. 20 release. That’s because range restrictions and other factors limit what these airmen can do when practicing at home, according to the release. “Due to vast airspace available at the Nellis range, we weren’t as constrained to the lower altitudes we normally are on our local training lines,” said Capt. Aaron Webb of Dyess’ 39th Airlift Squadron. He said it’s important for aircrews to be able to replicate in training what is required of them in actual combat as much as possible. Airmen normally conduct precision airdrops of this sort from as high as 25,000 feet in Southwest Asia, states the release. JPADS is designed to allow aircrews to deliver cargo to grounds troops with pinpoint accuracy even in the most hostile environments. (Dyess report by A1C Charles V. Rivezzo) (See also Pinpoint Practice.)