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By By Airman Kevin Sommer Giron, 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 01, 2016
U.S. Air Force Maj. Marci Hoffman, 314th Operations Group training office flight commander, oversees all training performed by the 61st Airlift Squadron and the 48th Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. During her most recent deployment, Hoffman advised and assisted Iraqi air force members specializing in the C-130J aircraft to further their air mobility training program and overall mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Sommer Giron)
Air Force Maj. Marci Hoffman, 314th Operations Group training office flight
commander, arrived on the northwest side of Baghdad International Airport, Iraq,
near midnight. Having been deployed three times before, Hoffman was no stranger
to contingency operations. However, this experience was unlike any other.
didn’t know what to expect,” said Hoffman. “Having gone through training at Joint
Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., I was prepared, but not having done this
mission before I had to go in with an open mind.”
the director of operations of a newly stood up unit, Hoffman began her 3-month
deployment assigned to the 370th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron at the Baghdad
Diplomatic Support Center, Iraq.
from her role as the director of operations, Hoffman also acted as an air
advisor, assisting Iraqi air force members specializing in the C-130 aircraft
at Al-Muthanna Air Base, Iraq.
was important to provide the training and resources necessary for preparing
their air mobility force for tomorrow,” Hoffman said. “It is the Team Little
Rock approach; to lead the way for the force of the future.”
administrative responsibilities combined with her C-130J pilot training and
experience made her well equipped to mentor the Iraqi airmen and help further
their air mobility training program and mission.
contributions aided in the completion of the first training airdrop accomplished
by Iraqi airmen stationed at Al-Muthanna.
had six C-130Js and one E-model in their fleet, but less than half of the aircrews
were trained to do airdrops in those aircraft,” Hoffman said.
small number of previously—trained Iraqi pilots and aircrew —were taught at the
Center of Excellence. The 314th Airlift Wing’s premier C-130 training school that
regularly instructs students from 47 partner nations as well various branches of
the U.S. military.
worked with the Iraqi pilots who completed airdrop training at Little Rock to
train their newer pilots at a training range we set up in Besmaya Combat
Training Center, Iraq,” Hoffman said.
assisted and advised several Iraqi aircrews in aerial resupplies, short field
landing assaults and maintenance debriefs.
not only improved training techniques, but aided in the improvement of communication
between air traffic control towers.
C-130s would come too close to each other during flight,” Hoffman said. “I
worked with different units to get releasable information to the Iraqi airmen
about how to get in and out of their airfields safely which greatly helped de-confliction
efforts with different bases across Iraq,” Hoffman said.
the training they received during Hoffman’s time there, Iraqi C-130J aircrews are
now able to fly two to three missions a day with six to eight sorties
“The 314th AW is the cornerstone of C-130 combat airlift excellence," Hoffman said. "Our mission is to provide the world’s best C-130 training, and to see how far our partner nation has come is very
rewarding—not just for me but for the wing,” said Hoffman.
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