908th Members Departs in Support of Operation Joint Enterprise - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

908th Members Departs in Support of Operation Joint Enterprise

Courtesy: Lt. Col. USAF Jerry Lobb Courtesy: Lt. Col. USAF Jerry Lobb
Courtesy: Lt. Col. USAF Jerry Lobb Courtesy: Lt. Col. USAF Jerry Lobb
Courtesy: Lt. Col. USAF Jerry Lobb Courtesy: Lt. Col. USAF Jerry Lobb

MAXWELL AFB, Ala. - Approximately 50 Reservists and two aircraft from the 908th Airlift Wing departed Monday bound for Ramstein Air Base, Germany. 

For about two weeks they will be supporting Operation Joint Enterprise, the humanitarian and peacekeeping effort in the former Yugoslavian Republics. 

Air Force Reserve Command's C-130 units regularly support airlift requirements for Joint Enterprise and other operations within the European theater.

The 908th is Alabama's only Air Force Reserve unit.

The unit operates a fleet of eight C-130H Hercules cargo aircraft.

Known as the "Workhorse of the Air Force," this plane can carry 42,000 pounds of cargo, 92 troops, 64 paratroops or 74 litter patients.

It can fly up to 386 mph with a range of 5,200 miles.

The wing has approximately 1,250 officers and Airmen who serve the unit as reservists, normally spending one weekend a month and two weeks of annual tour per year with the unit.

The day-to-day operations of the 908th are handled by a group of 175 civil servants known as air reserve technicians who also serve as reservists, and a small number of civilian employees who do not have Reserve status.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Homeless man gets makeover from big-hearted cops

    Homeless man gets makeover from big-hearted cops

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 2:44 PM EDT2017-04-25 18:44:10 GMT
    Tuesday, April 25 2017 3:49 PM EDT2017-04-25 19:49:50 GMT

    Police officers in Rome, NY, went the extra mile to give back to their community, helping one in need.

    More >>

    Police officers in Rome, NY, went the extra mile to give back to their community, helping one in need.

    More >>
  • Teen with cerebral palsy denied prom tickets

    Teen with cerebral palsy denied prom tickets

    Friday, April 28 2017 10:36 PM EDT2017-04-29 02:36:27 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:00 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:00:47 GMT
    Ashley Hamblin already has her dress picked out, but may not be able to wear it. (WSMV)Ashley Hamblin already has her dress picked out, but may not be able to wear it. (WSMV)

    She has her dress, her date, and an extensive hair and makeup plan. It’s all in anticipation of her high school prom, but a Middle Tennessee teen was denied tickets.

    More >>

    She has her dress, her date, and an extensive hair and makeup plan. It’s all in anticipation of her high school prom, but a Middle Tennessee teen was denied tickets.

    More >>
  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
Powered by Frankly