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71st RQS practices for austere landings

An HC-130J Combat King II from the 71st Rescue Squadron takes off from the unimproved landing zone on Bemiss Field, July 29, 2016, at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the ULZ on Bemiss Field, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

An HC-130J Combat King II from the 71st Rescue Squadron takes off from the unimproved landing zone on Bemiss Field, July 29, 2016, at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the ULZ on Bemiss Field, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

An HC-130J Combat King II from the 71st Rescue Squadron takes off from the Bemiss Field unimproved landing zone, July 29, 2016, at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the ULZ on Bemiss Field, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

An HC-130J Combat King II from the 71st Rescue Squadron takes off from the Bemiss Field unimproved landing zone, July 29, 2016, at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the ULZ on Bemiss Field, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

An HC-130J Combat King II from the 71st Rescue Squadron lands on the Bemiss Field unimproved landing zone, July 29, 2016, at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the ULZ on Bemiss Field, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

An HC-130J Combat King II from the 71st Rescue Squadron lands on the Bemiss Field unimproved landing zone, July 29, 2016, at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the ULZ on Bemiss Field, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Trevor Millette, 71st Rescue Squadron pilot, taxis an HC-130J Combat King II on the unimproved landing zone on Bemiss Field, July 29, 2016, at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the ULZ on Bemiss Field, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Trevor Millette, 71st Rescue Squadron pilot, taxis an HC-130J Combat King II on the unimproved landing zone on Bemiss Field, July 29, 2016, at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the ULZ on Bemiss Field, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Brian McAfee, 71st Rescue Squadron loadmaster, removes an access hatch during pre-flight checks in an HC-130J Combat King II, July 29, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the unimproved landing zone on Bemiss Field, part of Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Brian McAfee, 71st Rescue Squadron loadmaster, removes an access hatch during pre-flight checks in an HC-130J Combat King II, July 29, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the unimproved landing zone on Bemiss Field, part of Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

An HC-130J Combat King II from the 71st Rescue Squadron lands on the Bemiss Field unimproved landing zone, July 29, 2016, at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the ULZ on Bemiss Field, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

An HC-130J Combat King II from the 71st Rescue Squadron lands on the Bemiss Field unimproved landing zone, July 29, 2016, at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the ULZ on Bemiss Field, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Trevor Millette, 71st Rescue Squadron pilot, flies an HC-130J Combat King II towards the unimproved landing zone on Bemiss Field, July 29, 2016, over Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the ULZ on Bemiss Field, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Trevor Millette, 71st Rescue Squadron pilot, flies an HC-130J Combat King II towards the unimproved landing zone on Bemiss Field, July 29, 2016, over Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the ULZ on Bemiss Field, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

An HC-130J Combat King II from the 71st Rescue Squadron takes off from the Bemiss Field unimproved landing zone, July 29, 2016, at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the ULZ on Bemiss Field, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

An HC-130J Combat King II from the 71st Rescue Squadron takes off from the Bemiss Field unimproved landing zone, July 29, 2016, at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the ULZ on Bemiss Field, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Brian McAfee, 71st Rescue Squadron loadmaster, walks down the wing of an HC-130J Combat King II during pre-flight checks, July 29, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the unimproved landing zone on Bemiss Field, part of Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Brian McAfee, 71st Rescue Squadron loadmaster, walks down the wing of an HC-130J Combat King II during pre-flight checks, July 29, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the unimproved landing zone on Bemiss Field, part of Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)