January 12, 2016 (by Asif Shamim) - Approximately 150 Air Force Reservists and four C-130s from Colorado’s 302nd Airlift Wing have begun a four-month deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
Senior leaders from the AFRC’s 302nd AW salute a C-130H aircraft departing Peterson AFB's flightline. Approximately 150 Air Force Reservists and four C-130s from the 302nd AW are serving on a four-month deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. [USAF photo by Daniel Butterfield]
Assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing based at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, the aircrew, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will provide airlift, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation support to operations throughout the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility.
“The flying training missions we conduct in Colorado have been critical in preparing our crews for deployment operations,” said Col Jay Pittman, 302nd Airlift Wing commander.
This scheduled rotation of aircraft and personnel is the fifth deployment of this type since 2005 for the Reserve airlift wing stationed here.
Airmen and aircraft from the 302nd AW have deployed and provided airlift support for Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.
The 302nd Airlift Wing is one of nine Air Force Reserve C-130 wings with an airdrop and airlift mission located throughout the nation and the only Air Force Reserve C-130 wing assigned the special Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) mission.