A C-17 Globemaster III aircrew from the 15th Airlift Squadron, from Joint Base Charleston, S.C., conducted a low level flight over Oahua, HI. They also conducted “touch and go” and “go around after touchdown” maneuvers. The training was part of an off-station trainer, OST, while delivering a collectively protected CONNEX, CPC, to Osan Air Force Base, South Korea to be tested during the base’s Exercise, “Fight Tonight.” The delivery of the CPC was PACAF/ A3’s number 1 priority. An OST is used by flying squadron’s to train Airmen in unique environments that present different challenges than home station training.
The 15th Airlift Squadron is part of the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina. It operates Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft supporting the United States Air Force global reach mission worldwide. The 15th relocated to Norton AFB, CA, on 1 April 1967. The squadron provided airlift to Southeast Asia, 1966-1973; and to Grenada, Operation Urgent Fury, from October-November 1983; to Panama, Operation Just Cause, from 18 December 1989-8 January 1990; and to Southwest Asia, from August 1990-January 1991. Redesignated as the 15th Airlift Squadron on 1 January 1992 under the 63rd Operations Group, the 15th inactivated on 26 July 1993. The squadron reactivated on 1 October 1993 at Joint Base Charleston, SC, and was assigned to the 437th Operations Group. The 15th received its first C-17 in June 1993.