The airmen from Dyess AFB, Tex., who maintain the tactical airlift workhorse of Southwest Asia—the C-130H Hercules—have gotten a new semi-permanent complex in which to repair and maintain the high demand transports. Their old one was a collection of homemade wooden structures and old tents known as “shanty town.” The new area comprises five “California” tents that double the workspace and will have better lighting and stable flooring. Of particular note, too, is the fact that the 317th Maintenance Group from Dyess provides the only C-130H mechanics in Southwest Asia. The group’s two maintenance squadrons have been alternating deployments every 120 days since October 2001.
After a long period in which munitions were almost an afterthought and sacrificed to pay for other priorities, the Air Force needs to focus on them in order to have the right “package” of capabilities for future conflicts, Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. said June 7.