biggs army airfield

Yesterday we visited the Biggs Army Airfield, the runway next to Fort Bliss. As part of our UMO training, we learned the proper procedures for securing cargo onto the C-5 and C-17 transport aircraft. The peculiar structure pictured about is designed to mimic the shape and dimensions of a C-17 fuselage, so loadmasters-in-training can practice wheeling the cargo inside and clipping it into place. Clever, isn’t it?

A C-17 Globemaster III flies over Biggs Army Airfield, Texas, during Bold Quest 15-2 operations Oct. 2, 2015. One main facet of Bold Quest was the integration of joint and coalition fire support assets across all warfighting domains. The Army and Air Force worked together to perform air-to-air, surface-to-air, and air-to-surface fire support engagements in live and digitally simulated missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Emily A. Kenney)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 66th Weapons Squadron, United States Air Force Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., arrives at Biggs Army Airfield on Fort Bliss, Texas in preparation for exercise Hustler Trough II, Oct. 31, 2015. Hustler Trough II is a week-long joint fires exercise designed to enhance tactical synergy between more than ten different Army and Air Force units. (U.S. Army photo by: Staff Sgt. Marcus Fichtl)