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Freedom Wing KC-10 crew returns from training mission

U.S. Air Force Captain Booth, a 76 Air Refueling Squadron pilot, flies a KC-10 Extender from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, to Key West, Florida, during a training mission March 30, 2021. Reservists with the 514th Air Mobility Wing flies and maintains KC-10s and C-17 Globemaster IIIs.

U.S. Air Force Captain Booth, a 76 Air Refueling Squadron pilot, flies a KC-10 Extender from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, to Key West, Florida, during a training mission March 30, 2021. Reservists with the 514th Air Mobility Wing flies and maintains KC-10s and C-17 Globemaster IIIs.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Angel Delgadillo, a communications navigation technician with the 714th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, pulls chalks prior to a flight from Colorado to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Reservists with the 514th AMW fly and maintain both KC-10 Extenders and C-17 Globemaster IIIs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Monica Ricci)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Angel Delgadillo, a communications navigation technician with the 714th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, pulls chalks prior to a flight from Colorado to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Reservists with the 514th AMW fly and maintain both KC-10 Extenders and C-17 Globemaster IIIs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Monica Ricci)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tim Harman, a boom operator with the 76th Air Refueling Squadron prepares for a scheduled in-air refueling on a KC-10 Extender during a training mission March 31, 2021.Reservists with the 514th AMW fly and maintain both KC-10 Extenders and C-17 Globemaster IIIs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Monica Ricci)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tim Harman, a boom operator with the 76th Air Refueling Squadron prepares for a scheduled in-air refueling on a KC-10 Extender during a training mission March 31, 2021.Reservists with the 514th AMW fly and maintain both KC-10 Extenders and C-17 Globemaster IIIs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Monica Ricci)

KC-10 crew returns from training mission

U.S. Air Force Captain Peter Schlech points something out to U.S. Air Force Captain Booth, pilots with the 76 Air Refueling Squadron, 514th Air Mobility Wing, during a training mission to Key West, Florida. Reservists with the 514th AMW fly and maintain both KC-10 Extenders and C-17 Globemaster IIIs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Monica Ricci)

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. --

Cabin ready! A KC-10 Extender crew with the 76th Air Refueling Squadron and maintainers from the 714th Aircraft maintenance Squadron returned home from a routine training mission Thursday. 

KC-10 pilot Captain Peter Schlech was the aircraft commander for the mission, which took off from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and stopped in Key West, Florida, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. In addition to providing the aircrew and maintainers with the opportunity to perfect their skills, they were also able to help out a team of Army personnel with a flight home to Colorado. 

“The synergistic effects of our training missions in the joint warfare environment are essential in ensuring our Reserve Citizen Airmen are prepared for the modern battlespace,” Schlech said.

The team of Airmen on the trip was made up of four pilots, three maintainers, a boom operator, and flight engineer. In their civilian careers, some work as commercial pilots and law enforcement.

One of the maintainers, Staff Sgt. Angel Delgadillo, previously served on active duty but is now a fulltime Air Reserve Technician at the Freedom Wing.

“It’s a good training experience, it helps us be ready to be in another place at a moment’s notice and gets us into that mindset.”