Peoria airmen deploy for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Approximately 200 members of the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria are scheduled to deploy between now and early July in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Members will be stationed at various locations throughout the Central Command Theater of Operations.

The Airman are from various units within 182nd Airlift Wing who specialize in C-130 aircraft operations and maintenance, civil engineering, fire fighting, small air terminal operations, combat communications, logistics and food services. Deployment lengths will vary from approximately 70 days to more than 180 days. All deploying Airmen are expected to return by January 2011.

The 182d Airlift Wing flies the C-130 aircraft which is primarily used to transport cargo, personnel and aeromedical evacuees. Since Sept. 11, 2001 the 182nd Airlift Wing has deployed more than 1,500 members to support operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Many of the Wing’s members have deployed numerous times. The Wing has flown more than 12,500 hours in direct support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and Tactical Air Controllers have controlled over 15,000 Close Air Support Sorties many in support of “Troops in Contact.” Additionally, the Wing houses various mission support units that have provided base operating support, supply chain logistics, combat air support control and combat communications while deployed. This deployment cycle is one of many in the Wing’s history of supporting the Global War on Terrorism.