By Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron, 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 13, 2017
Maj. Timothy Lang, an operations officer deployed from the 61st Airlift Squadron, plans and performs combat airdrop missions for the 386th
Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron in Southwest Asia in support of
Combined Joint Task Force -- Operations Inherent Resolve.
The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing delivered more than 80 tons
of food, water and other critical supplies to various supported forces
throughout the U.S. Air Force Central Command’s area of responsibility.
Their objective was to resupply warfighters and sustain
ground operations in the fight against the Islamic State.
“We aim for first pass success. One pass, one drop,” said
Maj. Josh Linden, 386th EOSS chief of tactics while describing the 386th AEW’s
When secure runways are not available for aircraft to land, the
C-130 provides essential combat airdrops to ground troops without inherent
Little Rock Air Force Base is home to Combat Airlift and is
responsible for training all pilots and aircrew on how to operate the C-130.
From pipeline training to real-world missions, Team Little Rock is able to
rapidly deploy Airmen and aircraft into the heart of contingency operations in
hostile areas of Southwest Asia, South America and the Horn of Africa.
“It’s a challenging mission, but any C-130 crew member would
raise their hand and jump at the opportunity to execute a combat airdrop,” Lang
said. “As the 386th EOSS operations officer, I can tell you, our squadron
brings a team effort from numerous players who are behind the scenes, but still
play a pivotal role in a mission’s success.”
The 19th Airlift Wing flying squadrons work in tandem with
tactics, intelligence and weather Airmen in advance of a drop to plan and
prepare aircrew for possible scenarios.
The various operational and support entities combine their
efforts to ensure safe and effective mission execution with first pass success.