Lake Effect Storm hits Niagara
By SMSgt Ray Lloyd, 107th Airlift Wing
/ Published December 09, 2011
Niagara Falls Reserve Station -- When it comes to working in the snow, the airmen at the Niagara Falls Reserve Station know the mission must go on. Members from the 107th and 914th Airlift Wings work together getting the C-130 aircraft ready for today's mission. "Until the SOF (Supervisor of Flying) tells us they're going to be a weather hold or mission cancel we need to have the aircraft ready to fly, "Said Tech Sgt Robert Miller, 107th Crew Chief. The 107th AW works with and shares the same C-130 airframes as its counterparts, the Air Force Reserves 914th AW. The two associated units work together, sharing the same resources.
The 107th mission is to provide airlift and military personnel in support of federal and state contingencies while maintaining the highest state of readiness. Perform at a level of excellence that sets the standard for others to emulate.
The C-130 Hercules primarily performs the tactical portion of the airlift mission. The aircraft is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for airdropping troops and equipment into hostile areas. C-130s operate throughout the U.S. Air Force, serving with Air Mobility Command (stateside based), theater commands, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command, fulfilling a wide range of operational missions in both peace and war situations. Basic and specialized versions of the aircraft airframe perform a diverse number of roles, including airlift support, Arctic ice resupply, aeromedical missions, aerial spray missions, fire-fighting duties for the U.S. Forest Service and natural disaster relief missions.
So when you hear the rumbling of those engines above, you know that your citizen's airmen are at work serving our nation.