908th finally departs
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.