January 13, 2017 (by A1C Austin Mayfield) - Airmen and aircraft assigned to the 39th Airlift Squadron deployed January 6 and 7, 2017 to Afghanistan to conduct tactical airlift missions.
USAF C-130J-30 #08-3172 takes off at Dyess AFB on January 7, 2017. Airmen and aircraft from the 39th AS deployed Jan 6 and 7. 2017, to Afghanistan, to conduct tactical airlift missions. [USAF photo by A1C Emily Copeland]
As part of a continuous unit rotation the 39th AS will replace the 41st AS from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. During their deployment the unit will be tasked with conducting airdrop missons, delivering cargo and supporting personnel movements.
“Members of our squadron are deploying to Afghanistan to conduct missions that only the C-130s can do,” said Lt. Col. Mark Yarian, 39th AS commander.
Their deployment will last approximately four months and the 39th AS commander has no doubt that his Airmen will get the job done.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these Airmen whether it is their first deployment or 10th deployment,” Yarian said. “They continue to raise their hands, step forward to go out and fight our nation’s battles and defend our freedom.”
For some Airmen this will be their first deployment and can be an emotional experience.
“I’m a bit nervous because but I’m also excited about the new experiences I will get during my first deployment," said Airman 1st Class Michael Doherty, 39th AS loadmaster
Deployments can become very stressful and put a lot of pressure on Airmen, however, Yarian doesn’t worry about his Airmen overseas because he knows they are prepared to take on any size task.
“I want to say to all my Airmen deploying, that you’re ready, you’re trained, I’m proud of you, your country is proud of you and our country is in great hands. Stay safe and come back soon,” Yarian said