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Real Thaw 18 is a Portuguese-led exercise that invites armed forces from various countries to participate in training missions aimed at merging and deploying different platforms toward a major objective, covering a vast range of activities including air-to-air and air-to-ground training, tactical air transport operations and close air support. Air Force C-130s, Airmen deploy to Portugal for Real Thaw 18
Approximately 50 Airmen and two C-130H3 Hercules assigned to the 94th Airlift Wing, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, arrived at Monte Real Air Base, Portugal to participate in Real Thaw 18, a Portuguese-led exercise.
0 2/06
2018
Default Air Force Logo Reservists assist aerial firefighting efforts
An Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules equipped with a U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System departed Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 3 to support ongoing aerial firefighting efforts in the West.
0 8/04
2016
A U.S. Air Force MC-130 Talon II, from Kadena Air Base, Japan, sits in the phase docks to be repaired at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 19, 2016. The aircraft will enter the phase docks every 540 days for a 14 to 16-day inspection and to be repaired. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Owsianka/Released) Maintenance is key to keeping Yokota, Kadena aircraft flying
The aircraft at Yokota and Kadena air bases in Japan rely on the 374th Maintenance Squadron’s phase docks to receive their maintenance and keep them going. Every 540 days, a C-130 Hercules or MC-130 Talon II enters the phase docks for an inspection and repairs. During the 14- to 16-day process, Airmen inspect the aircraft and fix any potential discrepancies.
0 3/29
2016
Staff Sgt. Justin King, a 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster, gives a thumbs-up as a generator is offloaded from a C-130J Super Hercules at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Jan. 3, 2016. Loadmasters are responsible for calculating aircraft weight, balancing records and cargo manifests, conducting cargo and personnel airdrops, and troubleshooting in-flight problems. King is deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys) Deployed loadmasters fix problems ‘on the fly’
A weasel is characterized by its tenacity, persistence and keen senses. It is an animal also known for its ability to react quickly in any given situation. An airlift squadron at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, shares these characteristics. Airmen of the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron encompass the characteristics of their mascot, and the loadmasters who work there are key to the mission’s “can do” and “ready to go” attitude.
0 1/06
2016
An Afghan airman demonstrates his aircrew flight equipment knowledge to U.S. Airmen from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing and Train, Advice, Assist Command-Air aboard an Afghan C-130H Hercules at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 29, 2015. Airmen with the 455th AEW visited Forward Operating Base Oqab and Hamid Karzai International Airport to share their aircrew flight equipment knowledge with their Afghan counterparts and also assist TAAC-Air with keeping Coalition AFE equipment current. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford/Released) Airmen share knowledge, experience to better Afghanistan’s air force
Airmen assigned to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing recently traveled to Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, to assist Train, Advice, Assist Command-Air with training and validating the Afghanistan air force’s aircrew flight equipment section.
0 9/01
2015
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Christopher Desrocher) Latest issue of Airman magazine now available
In this issue of Airman magazine, you’ll meet Airmen who are assigned to Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, who have a vastly different deployment experience than most others in the Air Force, where they operate from Creech AFB and come home to their families at the end of their shift. They’re responsible for missions happening across the world in Iraq and Afghanistan. This brings a whole new layer of issues these Airmen must overcome to perform their duties.
0 7/07
2015
Default Air Force Logo AF report to Congress: Pursues retention of C-130Js at Keesler
As part of a required Air Force report to Congress on the C-130 Hercules force structure, the Secretary of the Air Force released a force structure amendment pursuing the retention of 10 Air Force Reserve Command C-130J aircraft at Keesler Air Force Base.
0 4/16
2015
Default Air Force Logo Report details causes of December mid-air collision at Pope
Air Mobility Command released the results of its accident investigation board (AIB) regarding a Dec. 1, 2014, mid-air collision near Pope Army Airfield and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
0 3/17
2015
Aircraft 62-1863 ‘Iron Horse’, a HC-130P Combat King, rests before takeoff Mar. 3, 2015, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Throughout its career, Iron Horse has flown for over 27,000 hours for multiple missions, starting in the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dillian Bamman) 'Iron Horse' sets off for final flight
The 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, sent the Air Force's oldest C-130 to the "boneyard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, for its retirement March 3.
1 3/04
2015
Tech. Sgt. Sam Bishop, center left, and Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Stephens discuss propeller maintenance with Bangladesh air force maintainers, from the 101st Special Flying Unit, during exercise Cope South 15 Jan. 27, 2015, at BAF Base Bangabandhu, Bangladesh. Bishop and Stephens are aerospace propulsion specialists assigned to the 374th Maintenance Group at Yokota Air Base, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Jake Bailey) Cope South experts exchange knowledge, techniques
The flight line here at exercise Cope South 15 (CS15) is usually a flurry of activity every morning, with maintainers firing up auxiliary power units and loadmasters finalizing their cargo plan. However on Jan. 27, there wasn't a single C-130 Hercules aircraft engine running. Instead, U.S. and Bangladesh air force (BAF) airmen were busy forging relationships and exchanging knowledge in their respective fields with one another.
0 1/30
2015
Maj. Kevin Coughlin reviews flight plans before a flight Nov. 20, 2014, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Coughlin spent time training Israeli aircrews on the Coordinated Aircraft Positioning (CAP) system and Station Keeping Equipment (SKE) formation operation systems. Coughlin is the 48th Airlift Squadron flight commander and an instructor pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kaylee Clark) Israeli air force training
Maj. Kevin Coughlin, the 48th Airlift Squadron flight commander and an instructor pilot, had the opportunity to travel far from Little Rock AFB to train Israeli aircrew members beyond the initial training level.
0 1/17
2015
Islanders rush to lift a package out of the water during Operation Christmas Drop Dec. 9, 2014, at Ulithi Atoll, Micronesia. The bundle weighed 550 pounds, bringing food, clothes, tools and toys to the island in celebration of Christmas. This reminder of Christmas has been airdropped to the islands of Micronesia for 63 continuous years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Cody H. Ramirez) Yokota brings holiday cheer to islanders
A Yokota Air Base, Japan C-130 Hercules airdropped donations to residents of the Micronesian islands during Operation Christmas Drop Dec. 9.
2 12/18
2014
Two C-130 Hercules wait to taxi on the flightline Oct. 20, 2014, during U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment rotation 15-1, at Powidz Air Base, Poland. The C-130s are assigned to Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing. The 182nd AW brought three aircraft to participate in the rotation hosted by the U.S. Aviation Detachment, 52nd Operations Group, at Łask Air Base, Poland. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls) Illinois ANG soars skies over Poland
Airmen from the U.S. and Polish air forces started training together Oct. 15, at Powidz Air Base, Poland, for the start of Aviation Detachment rotation 15-1.
0 10/21
2014
Master Sgt. Chris Minnifield, center right, discusses the finer points of C-130 Hercules mass container delivery airdrop operations with Polish air force service members Aug. 11, 2014, at Powidz Air Base, Poland. The bilateral training was to prepare Polish forces to conduct equipment and supply delivery missions to Iraq. Minnifield is a 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton) US, Poland train for humanitarian missions to Iraq
Loadmasters from the U.S. and Poland began training together, Aug. 11, to sharpen the skills necessary to conduct humanitarian missions to Iraq.
0 8/18
2014
A member of the 726th Air Mobility Squadron waits to marshal a C-130 Hercules on the flightline Aug. 9, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Airmen from Spangdahlem AB will be supporting a bilateral training event with the Hellenic air force Aug. 11-23. The training aims to increase the military compatibility between the U.S. and Greece while sustaining capability to secure peace and stability in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee) US partners with Greece for bilateral training
Nearly 20 U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 480th Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, deployed to Souda Bay, Greece, for bilateral training with the Hellenic air force Aug. 11-23.
0 8/12
2014
Default Air Force Logo Ramstein AB Airmen discover body in C-130 wheel well
Airmen at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, found the body of an adolescent boy in the wheel well of a C-130J Super Hercules July 27, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said July 29.
2 7/29
2014
Members of the 736th Security Forces Squadron assist each other in gearing up Aug. 21, 2013, before static line jump training on the Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The Air Force static line capability falls under the personnel parachute program. Jumpers are first qualified during a three-week long basic airborne course at Ft. Benning, Ga., and then continue to work on their jumping proficiency and qualifications after they return here. Airmen train for contingency operations
As part of the 36th Contingency Response Group, members of the 736th Security Forces Squadron provide an integrated force protection element that arrives first at operating locations. Without existing airfields, CRG members are sometimes required to arrive by parachute.
0 8/26
2013
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