Changing Missions

Two Air National Guard units currently deployed to the 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron in Southwest Asia are moving in opposite directions with the C-130. While the Connecticut ANG is taking up a new C-130H mission after flying A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and C-21 Cougars, the Charlotte ANG, from North Carolina, is leaving its C-130 mission behind to fly the C-17 Globemaster III. On both ends, the transitions bring along a challenging mix of new personnel, new procedures, and new equipment. The Connecticut ANG has been flying some C-130s since 2013, preparing them for the full changeover. “The logistics—the buildings, the training, the air frames—it’s a huge puzzle,” said Lt. Col. Gary Dodge, the 737th EAS commander, according to a news release. “Trying to make that transition is challenging, but I’m sure it’ll be successful.”