A group of thirty airman from the United States Air Force are making history, first by being the first group ever to complete the Air Force Rear Mission Support Element course at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, then by joining Army soldiers in Fort Hood for the Army’s Warfighter Exercise 17-4.

Warfighter Exercise (WFX) 17-4 was planned specifically to help prepare soldiers and airmen tasked with serving in Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) headquarters, and in particular, to prepare them for the daunting task of building the JTF from the ground up.

It’s very important for us to conduct warfighting functions with joint partners, specifically with the Air Force, who we’re going to be working with during our OIR mission,” said Army Sergeant 1st Class Christopher Bradshaw, a WFX 17-4 participant from III Corps.

Combining the two branches of service for training prior to deployment will hopefully allow for a more seamless transition into conducting combat operations once deployed.