Veteran’s Day departure of Kentucky Air National Guard

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Photos by: Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd AW Public Affairs

Deploying airmen from the the Kentucky Air National Guard walk to the aircraft at Standiford Field in Louisville, Ky. on November 11th. Approximately 160 members from the 123rd Airlift Wing will be deploying in support of the Central Command's Air Expeditionary Force. (US Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Louisville, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2010) – The Kentucky Air National Guard deployed its 4th chalk of C-130 aircraft today mobilizing approximately 160 members from the 123rd Airlift Wing in support of Operation Enduring Freedom while deployed to Afghanistan. The 123rd Airlift Wing Detachment Commander, Lt. Col. Robert Hamm, deployed the first series of Kentucky C-130 sorties last Saturday, Oct. 30 from the Kentucky Air National Guard base for Bagram, Afghanistan, as part of the Central Command’s Air Expeditionary Force air-package.

Today, the 4th chalk out of five deployed to join them. The deployed members from the 123rd Airlift Wing will work alongside guardsmen from Missouri and Wyomingconducting tactical lift operations of resupply and troop movement in support of Operation Enduring Freedom while deployed to Afghanistan.

“I’m proud of these Kentucky Guard Airmen,” said Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Adjutant General for Kentucky. “This is such an important mission and our guys are already making a huge impact over there.”

The 123rd Airlift Wing has deployed countless times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as supporting both state-side and overseas disaster relief missions. The Kentucky National Guard currently has over 300 Soldiers and Airmen deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. Nearly 14,000 Kentucky National Guard troops have been mobilized for the War on Terror since 2001.

Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini, The Adjutant General for Kentucky, addresses deploying airmen and their families prior to their deployment at the Kentucky Air National Guard in Louisville, Ky. on November 11th. Approximately 160 members from the 123rd Airlift Wing will be deploying in support of the Central Command's Air Expeditionary Force. (US Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

A Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 leaves Standiford Field in Louisville, Ky. on November 11th. This is the fourth chalk of Kentucky C-130s to leave as part of the Central Command's Air Expeditionary Force air-package. (US Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

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