The first factory-fresh C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 39th Airlift Squadron arrived at Dyess AFB, Tex., guided down by Maj. Gen. Rick Martin, Air Mobility Command’s operations director, announced aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin. “The pride and professionalism of the Lockheed Martin employees in this weapon system comes through loud and clear,” said Martin, ferrying the aircraft from Marietta, Ga., to Dyess on Feb. 9. The stretched C-130J-30, serial number 85685, is the 14th Super Herk to be delivered to Dyess. Overall, the base is slated to receive a total of 28 J-model aircraft, replacing the 317th Airlift Group’s legacy Hercules fleet by next year. The group also includes the 40th AS, which already flies the C-130J. (Dyess photo caption by A1C Peter Thompson)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.