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Tradition Sparks Sentiment

Members walk to the flight line looking for FOD

Colonel Craig Drescher, 908th Airlift Wing commander, touches the nose cone of a C-130 Hercules, July 12, 2020, on the flight line at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Drescher does this as a means of reflection due the gravity of 908th AW’s mission being on his shoulders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shelby Thurman) (This image was edited to blur contents of the flight line badge.)

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Airmen all across the 908th Airlift Wing congregated for a Foreign Object and Debris walk the morning of July 12, 2020, on the flight line at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. It is necessary for FOD walks to be performed so that any loose metal objects, rocks or other materials can be recovered so as to not harm any of the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shelby Thurman)

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. --

Members of the 908th Airlift Wing came together July 12, 2020, like they do every Sunday during the monthly Unit Training Assembly, for a Foreign Object and Debris walk on the flight line at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

For some, this particular FOD walk felt a bit more sentimental than the previous ones.

Colonel Craig Drescher, 908th AW commander, said that when he looked West to see seven of the 908th AW’s C-130 Hercules lined up on the flight line that he chose to pause and reflect on his and everyone else’s role at the 908th.

He said that he also reminisced on the crews specifically and who they carry.

“The awesome crews that work on these machines leave their blood, sweat and tears here,” said Drescher.

He also added that there are a few moments during his normal routine, like this one, that he is reminded of the gravity of what the 908th AW does and his role in all of it.

“Someone’s responsible for all of this, and that’s me,” said Drescher.