C17’s to flyover the Ravenel Bridge on Thursday

US paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg in North Carolina, jump of the US C-17 Globemaster aircraft during a NATO military demonstration in Zaragoza, Spain, Wednesday Nov. 4, 2015. NATO is putting on its most fearsome display of military might in over a decade with soldiers, ships and planes meant to hone and test its abilities as well as send an unequivocal sign to Russia and other real or potential foes. For three weeks which started Oct. 21, more than 36,000 personnel from all 28 NATO allies and eight partner nations, 160 aircraft and 60 ships will be taking part in exercises across a wide swath of southern Europe from Portugal to Italy. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – About 15 C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from Joint Base Charleston will fly in formation over the Ravenel Bridge on Thursday, May 25.

The C-17 aircraft are scheduled to take-off at 8 a.m. to conduct an integrated large formation exercise supporting the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division’s joint forcible entry exercise at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

“Both the Army and the Air Force play critical roles as part of the nation’s global response force and have vested interests in making sure our readiness levels remain high,” said Col. Jimmy Canlas, 437th Airlift Wing commander.

“Without our precise, reliable airlift, combatant commanders would not be able to get the right people and equipment to the right place at the right time. This exercise is another example of that strategic capability and joint training.”

The C-17s will depart JB Charleston and fly over the Cooper River Bridge from the South at 8:30 a.m. and then travel to Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina, where they will conduct airdrops and low-level tactical training.

Paratroopers and critical equipment will be dropped to simulate a joint forcible entry of the global response force. The C-17s are scheduled to return over the Cooper River Bridge at 2:05 p.m. weather permitting and then land at JB Charleston.

The community is encouraged to post their photos on social media of the flyover and use the hashtags #C17flyoverCHS and #TeamCharleston!

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