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86th AW expands U.S. Air Forces Africa support with first Super Hercules flight

The first C-130J Super Hercules mission in support of U.S. Air Forces Africa, or 17th Air Force, opened up doors to a future partnership of support between the 86th Airlift Wing and upcoming missions into Africa. The mission's aircraft commander, Maj. Robert May of the 37th Airlift Squadron, and his crew were tasked to fly into Mali Dec. 19 to bring home 17 troops who were assisting with training Malian forces. The significance of this mission is two-fold, Major May said. "First, we now recognize the capability of the J-model aircraft," he said.