Live-fire training with an AC-130W

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, New Mexico -- The Airmen aboard the AC-130W Stinger II were practicing a live-fire training mission at the Melrose Air Force Range, at Cannon Air Force Base, with the 30mm and 105mm guns. Additionally, a few of the Airmen were students being evaluated in their respective jobs.

The range that the base utilizes is an excellent training tool for special operations forces and for aircraft. Different sections of the range can be set-up to look similar to what deployed forces are experiencing. It makes for realistic and worthwhile training.