January 26, 2017 (by A1C Shawn White) - More than 50 Airmen along with four C-130J Super Hercules' assigned to the 317th Airlift Group and 7th Bomb Wing returned to Dyess after a four month deployment Jan. 18-21.
Airmen from the 40th AS await fellow airmen returning home from deployment at Dyess AFB on January 19, 2017. More than 50 Airmen returned from Ramstein AB, Germany, and Djibouti, Africa. [USAF photo]
The deployment operated out of Africa and Germany, supporting the East African Response Force, logistics operations throughout the Horn of Africa and also Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force operations in Africa.
“This wasn't just a 40th Airlift Squadron deployment,” said Lt. Col. Joseph Framptom, 40th AS commander. “Throughout 2016 and even into 2017, we have members from all five 317th AG squadrons plus the 7th Maintenance Group and the 7th Mission Support Group sharing tasking’s from higher headquarters for operations in Africa and Germany.”
Dyess aircrews have a rotational deployment schedule, which provides combat-delivery capabilities through tactical airlift and airdrop operations as well as supporting global humanitarian efforts.
“It was a challenging experience for both pilots and loadmasters and even the maintenance crews,” said Capt. Jeffery Larkin, 40th Airlift Squadron pilot. “They killed it out there and we never lost a line for more than a day. It was really awesome what we were all able to accomplish!”