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Reserve recognizes airlift control flight winners

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Reservists from Colorado and South Carolina won Air Force Reserve Command’s airlift control flight awards for 2004.

Headquarters AFRC here announced the following ALCF winners March 31:

Flight – 302nd ALCF, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Loadmaster – Master Sgt. Jeffrey A. Flight, 302nd ALCF, Peterson AFB

Communications specialist – Master Sgt. Troy A. McNear, 315th ALCF, Charleston AFB, S.C.

Reserve ALCFs manage, coordinate and control air mobility equipment and people. These flights are part of the Air Mobility Command’s global command and control structure. They provide a capability for operating at locations where there is limited support and are self-sufficient to be able to sustain operations under bare-base conditions.

When deployed, Reserve ALCFs are called tanker airlift control elements. A TALCE consists of a cadre of ALCF operations and communications people complemented by other mission-support specialists from aerial port, maintenance, weather and security. TALCEs provide continuing on-site management of airfield operations.