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317th AW Airmen support missions downrange

317th AW Airmen support missions downrange

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 7th Logistics Readiness Squadron and the 39th Airlift Squadron prepare to load gear onto the back of a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March 7, 2019. During the deployment, the Airmen will complete airdrop operations and provide tactical airlift support within their deployed locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

317th AW Airmen support missions downrange

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon Deal, 39th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, locks a chain on the floor of a C-130J Super Hercules in order to secure luggage prior to leaving for a deployment at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March 7, 2019. During the deployment, the Airmen will provide intratheater airlift support through airdrop and tactical airlift operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

317th AW Airmen support missions downrange

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 39th Airlift Squadron walk toward a C-130J Super Hercules as they prepare to depart for a deployment at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March 7, 2019. During the deployment, the Airmen will provide intratheater airlift support through airdrop and tactical airlift operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

317th AW Airmen support missions downrange

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Mark Harrison, 39th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules loadmaster, performs an engine check prior to departing for a deployment at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March 7, 2019. During the deployment, the Airmen will provide intratheater airlift support through airdrop and tactical airlift operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

317th AW Airmen support missions downrange

U.S Air Force Airman 1st Class Brittney Coy, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics communication navigator, marshals a C-130J Super Hercules as the aircraft prepares to depart for a deployment at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March 7, 2019. In preparation for the deployment, the 317th Operations Group generated training sorties similar to the missions they will complete in their current locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

317th AW Airmen support missions downrange

A C-130J Super Hercules carrying service members and equipment on their way to a deployment after taking off from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March 7, 2019. In preparation for the deployment, the 317th Operations Group generated training sorties similar to the missions they will complete in their current locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Dyess Air Force Base, Texas --

Airmen from the 317th Airlift Wing here deployed to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and Djibouti, Africa, March 7.

During the deployment, the Airmen will provide intratheater airlift support through airdrop and tactical airlift operations.

“Going on this deployment is important because we are providing imperative support for our fellow service members to successfully complete their missions within this region,” said Tech. Sgt. Cassandra Hancock, 39th AS Delta Flight chief. “The various training missions we complete here and during exercises at different bases have provided us with a good idea of what could see and may encounter while we are deployed.”

In preparation for the deployment, the 317th Operations Group generated training sorties similar to the missions that they will complete at their deployed location. The Airmen will provide supplies and equipment to the deployed service members while also transporting personnel to various locations throughout the region.

Airmen who have deployed before will use their experiences to help Airmen deploying for the first time.

“This is my third time deploying to the African theater, so I’ll be able to use my past experience in tactical airlift within this region to successfully complete our missions,” Silver said. “We try to put an experienced pilot and loadmaster with personnel who aren’t as knowledgeable so that the new Airmen can receive the necessary guidance and experience to be prepared for future missions.”

While home-based training helps prepare for deployments and other missions, the deployments themselves help the Airmen become familiar working with different types of equipment in different locations.

“We support missions that go to South America and other locations throughout the world, so the experience we receive during these deployments helps a lot when we return,” Hancock said. “Everywhere we go, we are going to see different types of cargo and loaders, so going on these deployments will help all of us gain more experience to become more efficient at what we do.”