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Trail Blazers deploy, have more family time

Trail Blazers deploy, have more family time

Airmen from the 317th Airlift Wing prepare to marshal C-130J Super Hercules on the flightline at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 9, 2019. The Airmen will provide combat delivery capabilities through tactical airlift and airdrop operations as well as humanitarian efforts and aeromedical evacuations during their deployment in Africa and Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Trail Blazers deploy, have more family time

Airmen from the 7th Logistics Readiness Squadron load cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules as Airmen from the 39th Airlift Squadron prepare to depart for a deployment at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 9, 2019. Nine C-130J aircraft departed from Dyess to support the U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command areas of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Trail Blazers deploy, have more family time

A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 39th Airlift Squadron flies over a family at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 9, 2019. This deployment is the first to deploy a full squadron in over a decade, as well as implement a new rotation system. The new rotation allows Airmen to be home for 12 months which provides more time to spend with families and prepare for future deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Trail Blazers deploy, have more family time

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, Sept. 9, 2019. This is the first time an entire squadron under the Air Mobility Command has deployed together since 2003. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Trail Blazers deploy, have more family time

Airman 1st Class Jared Linson, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, says goodbye to his wife, Jasmine, and their daughter Evelyn, 4 months, prior to leaving for a deployment at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 9, 2019. The new four month deployment rotation the squadrons have implemented will enable Airmen to spend more time with their families between deployments since they will have 12 months between deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Trail Blazers deploy, have more family time

Airmen from the 7th Logistics Readiness Squadron load cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules as Airmen from the 39th Airlift Squadron prepare to depart for a deployment at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 9, 2019. Nine C-130J aircraft departed from Dyess to support the U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command areas of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Dyess Air Force Base, Texas -- Airmen from the 39th Airlift Squadron, 317th Maintenance Group and 7th Bomb Wing deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan, and Djibouti, Africa, from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 9, as part of the first full squadron deployment for C-130J Super Hercules Airmen in over a decade.

“Having the whole squadron deploy at once is amazing because with how the previous deployment schedule worked, we would have approximately 30 percent of the squadron stay behind and have to complete 100 percent of the squadron’s taskers,” said Capt. Jeanluc Duckworth, 39th AS C-130J pilot. “While we are deployed, the other three operational squadrons, that are stateside, will complete other missions that arises while we are deployed.”

This is the first deployment for the C-130J community to implement a new rotation cycle. It also helps balance the current deployment requirements with more time to focus on readiness and training for the future.

Airmen will deploy for a four month period and be at their home station for 12 months during the new deployment cycle.

“This is a better way for us to enable Airmen to focus on their families and it gives us more predictability for when someone will deploy,” said Col. Jeffrey Menasco, 317th Airlift Wing commander. “The new rotation will allow our Airmen to have a longer amount of time to focus on our training for when we deploy.”

During the deployment, the 39th will provide combat delivery capabilities through tactical airlift and airdrop operations, as well as humanitarian efforts and aeromedical evacuations in the U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command areas of responsibility.

“We complete a lot of home station drills prior to deployments to help us practice how we will complete our job while in Afghanistan,” said Tech. Sgt. Matthew Tempest, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman. “It will be amazing to see how the work we perform on the aircraft supports our flyers to be able to complete their tactical airlift missions.”

As these Airmen support the U.S. military’s mission on a global scale, they will continue to be ready to answer the nations call at a moment’s notice.

“The Airmen who have joined want to be a part of something larger than themselves, and when they deploy, they get that feeling,” Menasco said. “Airmen will realize that everything they’ve trained for culminates into that moment in time when they step on the ground in a foreign land to protect our nation’s interests and our country.”