The Legacy of the last C-130 Deployment

Three C-130 Hercules aircraft return from a deployment to the Middle East Sunday, September 18, 2016. The aircraft were deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

Three C-130 Hercules aircraft return from a deployment to the Middle East Sunday, September 18, 2016. The aircraft were deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

Three C-130 Hercules aircraft return from a deployment to the Middle East Sunday, September 18, 2016. The aircraft were deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

Three C-130 Hercules aircraft return from a deployment to the Middle East Sunday, September 18, 2016. The aircraft were deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION --

    As the final C-130 Hercules Aircraft returned to the installation on September 21, 2016, from a deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, members of the wing took time to reflect on what the mission meant to everyone involved. This historic moment served as witness to the final C-130 return for the 914th Airlift Wing after a legacy of 45 years with this unit.   

    “The C-130s have served this unit well,” said Col. Brian Bowman, 914th Airlift Wing Commander. “As we await the many changes and innovations that will affect this installation in the future, it’s important for us to reflect on this occasion and congratulate our heroes on a job well done.”

    During this four-month deployment, the Airmen of the 914 AW exceeded all expectations. The hours flown, missions completed and maintenance performed. The C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed for troop, medivac, and cargo transport. These dynamic aircraft have utilized Airmen as pilots, navigators, loadmasters, flight engineers and medical evacuation personnel to perform many of the unique functions the 914 AW  

    The team did incredible,” said Lt. Col. Joshua Pope, 379th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander.  “They were the only Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit to be tasked 75%-100% every single day -- and they never missed a beat.”

    Personnel from the 914th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron performed exceptionally well under the circumstances.

    “I could not be more proud of our Airmen,” said Bowman, “Their efforts overseas showcased the 914th Airlift Wing as a hardworking, professional organization.”