California Air National Guard C-130Js headed home from the Middle East, handing over regional airlift responsibility to airlifters from the 910th Airlift Wing at Youngstown ARS, Ohio, and Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing. During the four-month deployment, the 146th Airlift Wing C-130s flew in Exercise Eager Lion in Jordan, supported the Afghan presidential election, and provided disaster relief during massive flooding in the region, according to a July 5 release. “They set a high level of mission execution to support United States Central Command requirements in the Arabian Gulf region. They can and should be proud of their accomplishments,” said Col. Joe Santos, 386th Expeditionary Operations Group commander. The more than 100 aircrew, maintenance, and support personnel from Channel Islands ANGB, Calif., deployed at the beginning of March, according to a report.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.