Dyess Airmen deploy to Afghanistan

Dyess Airmen deploy to Afghanistan

A C-130J Super Hercules flies over Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, on their wait to Afghanistan May 4, 2018. Airmen from the 317th Airlift Wing and 7th Bomb Wing deployed to Afghanistan in support of conventional and nonconventional operations. Conventional operations are normal support operations, such as taking resources where it is need and unconventional operations are supporting areas that are not as controlled. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Dyess Airmen deploy to Afghanistan

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jack Rohan, left, and Tech. Sgt. Jorge Vega, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs, wait to signal the C-130J Super Hercules forward to depart for deployment to Afghanistan at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 4, 2018. Crew chiefs not only help direct aircraft, but also take care of day-to-day maintenance, diagnose malfunctions and replace components to keep the aircraft mission-ready for in garrison operations and deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Dyess Airmen deploy to Afghanistan

U.S Air Force Airmen and families watch Airmen from the 317th Airlift Wing and 7th Bomb Wing depart for deployment to Afghanistan at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 4, 2018. Many families and friends showed their support to Airmen during deployments by attending their departure to say their goodbyes and wish them safe travel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Dyess Airmen deploy to Afghanistan

An Airman’s child’s diaper bag hangs on a stroller while Airmen from the 371th Airlift Wing and 7th Bomb Wing leave for deployment to Afghanistan at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 4, 2018. For some families, when their Airmen are deployed, they deal with additional stresses. Dyess has many resources for deployed families in need of help to include the Airman and Family Readiness Center, their Airman’s squadron leadership and first sergeant, or even their neighbors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)

Dyess Airmen deploy to Afghanistan

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jorge Vega, left, and Senior Airman Jack Rohan, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs, salute 317th Airlift Wing and 7th Bomb Wing Airmen leaving for deployment to Afghanistan on a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 4, 2018. For some Airmen, this will be their first time deploying into an overseas location, while others have extensive experience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kylee Thomas)

Dyess Airmen deploy to Afghanistan

A C-130J Super Hercules takes off for a deployment to Afghanistan at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 4, 2018. For deployments, C-130J Super Hercules’ are essential in helping transport cargo, supplies and the Airmen deploying for operations, while also continuing to transport around the deployed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kylee Thomas)

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing and 7th Bomb Wing deployed with C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Afghanistan May 4.

For some of the Airmen, this is their first time deploying into an overseas location. With unknown environments, the Airmen must be prepared for anything. However, Airmen receive robust training and guidance prior to deploying.

“I’m looking forward to the challenges of deploying,” said Airman 1st Class Nolan Brandt, 39th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules loadmaster. “You’ll never know what’s going to be thrown at you.”

As an airlift squadron with C-130J, the deployed Airmen will support intratheater airlift supporting combatant commanders through tactical airlift and airdrop operations.

In addition to the year-round training Airmen receive to stay mission-ready every day, the Airmen assigned to the deployment completed a two-week training in Nevada to prepare themselves for the terrain and weather of Afghanistan, said Lt. Col. Mark Yarian, 39th AS commander. The training involved bare-base operations while running a Combined Air Operations Center and an Air Mobility Division.

“The environment of Afghanistan is very different than west Texas,” Yarian said. “Challenges we can face while operating are large mountains, erratic weather, high temperatures and a high altitude. We can also face the challenge of adversaries.”

With safety being one of the biggest priorities in a deployed location, Airmen often look to those leading them for guidance and their own training and experiences on how to handle situations.

From Airmen of the lower ranks to officers, Yarian said he has the privilege to lead this deployment’s Airmen into combat one last time before the 39th Airlift Squadron’s change of command.

“They are great Airmen; eager, prepared, trained and ready to go,” Yarian said.