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  • Weapons instructors: educating the best to teach the rest

    Just another day, as a 29th Weapons Squadron instructor walks out to board a C-130 Hercules — mountains painting the background in a picturesque canvas as the sun slowly peeks over, clipboard and pen in hand as he prepares to do what he loves most, build the next generation of C-130 Hercules tactical experts. U.S. Air Force Maj. Mark Wilson, 29th WPS assistant director of operations at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, started his career with the initial qualification to become a C-130 pilot at LRAFB, before earning the title of instructor pilot three years later — a prerequisite to the C-130 Weapons Instructor Course which invites the pilots who have what it takes to become the best of the best.
  • Heart of Combat Airlift: pilots, loadmasters

    “We lost an engine right after taking off from Kandahar,” saidCapt. Nick Rapp, 19th Airlift Wing chief of safety. “It was our fourth mission together,early in our deployment, and the first time where we really had our feet to thefire.” As adrenaline filled the veins of the aircrew, Staff Sgt. J.R.Childres instinctually conducted the emergency
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