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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.

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