Flying the J model Hercules has reduced the number of aircrew needed by the 53rd WRS and the time it takes for airmen of AFRC’s 403rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to service the weather birds. The C-130J requires less crew members than the H model, leaving the 53rd’s flight engineers looking for jobs with units still flying older models. “I’m going to miss flying into storms the most,” says flight engineer CMSgt. Steve Riley. On the flip side, ground crew can service the J model “60 percent faster” than an H model, says mechanic MSgt. Ronnie Kipp, who has maintained three generations of C-130s.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivered remarks June 1 at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony—his first visit to USAFA as president. The full text and video of his speech is available here.