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Thursday, May 13, 2010

908th finally departs

The 908th Airlift Wing finally left on its four-month deployment this morning.

The advance party left the first weekend in May, but the main group of airmen who were scheduled to leave Sunday were delayed again and again due to the volcanic ash cloud over Europe that has been stalling air travel over the Atlantic.

About 150 airmen and several of the wing's C-130 cargo planes are headed to the Middle East to support combat missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. The last time the 908th deployed to the desert was in 2008.

The deploying airmen are flight crews, maintenance, administrative and medical personnel. The airmen will provide transport and aeromedical evacuations for operations in the U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility, which includes most of the Middle East region.

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In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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