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Fifty paratroopers walk to a C-130 with engines running during Operation Toy Drop. The 440th Airlift Wing at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., supported the combined joint exercise with C-130 airlift on Dec. 8, 2007. More than 1,050 paratroopers jumped during the exercise held at the Sicily Drop Zone at Fort Bragg, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lt. Col. Ann Peru Knabe)
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Air Force reservists to provide C-130 training

Posted 5/14/2010   Updated 5/14/2010 Email story   Print story


5/14/2010 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Air Force Reserve Command will provide manpower and aircraft to establish a C-130H2 Formal Training Unit at Little Rock AFB, Ark., starting this fall.

The Air Force Reserve organization will eventually replace Air Education and Training Command's 62nd Airlift Squadron by early 2014. Plans call for the Reserve unit to operate with about 323 fulltime air reserve technicians, who are dual-status civil servants and reservists, and 383 traditional reservists.

"This C-130 arrangement is a great example of how the Air Force Reserve leverages its strengths and capabilities to support Air Force and Combatant Command requirements," said Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., AFRC commander. "Within the Air Force Reserve, I've emphasized working together to meet Air Force operational and training mission requirements by aligning equipment, missions, infrastructure, and manpower resources to enable more effective use of assets with our component partners.

"Guard and Reserve crews are well versed in a variety of C-130 mission sets, and are certainly well-qualified for this training mission," he said." We're poised and proud to join our resources with those of our active duty and guard partners to meet the needs of Air Education and Training Command and the Air Force."

Six Air Force Reserve flying wings will contribute aircraft to "build" the new unit, according to a force structure realignment announced by the Air Force May 11. Locations, units and the number of aircraft from each unit are:

Pope AFB, N.C., 440th Airlift Wing - four aircraft

Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, 910th AW - two aircraft

Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., 94th AW - one aircraft

Maxwell AFB, Ala., 908th AW - one aircraft

Pittsburgh International Airport ARS, Pa, 911th AW - one aircraft

Niagara Falls IAP ARS, N.Y, 914th AW - one aircraft

Air National Guard units from around the United States will loan another eight C-130H2 aircraft to the unit. All of the aircraft are expected to be at Little Rock by the fall of 2011.

Air Force Reserve Command planners expect to have about 100 reservists assigned to the Little Rock unit before the start of 2012. The Reserve unit will include an operations squadron, maintenance squadron and an operations support organization.

Establishing the Reserve unit will allow the Regular Air Force to redistribute 559 active-duty authorizations at Little Rock to other locations throughout the Air Force. (Air Force Reserve Command News Service)

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