By Lt. Col. Thomas Anderson
714th Training Squadron commander
On Dec. 17, 1903, seven men witnessed the first powered airplane flight, 20 feet above the dunes at Kitty Hawk, N.C. The flight lasted less than 20 seconds, and covered a little more than 120 feet, but opened the pages of history to the advent of aviation.
More than 100 years later, it’s still a phenomenal sight to witness formations of C-130s taking flight, like the 21-ship formation last month (see pages 18-19 for a look at this awesome sight).
This feat would not be possible without the skill and commitment to excellence of numerous organizations dedicated to supporting the 314th Airlift Wing’s mission.
Organizations such as:
• The maintainers from the 314th Maintenance Group pre-flight, launch and recover aircraft, providing unprecedented mission capable rates for the Air Force’s oldest and newest fleet of combat airlift aircraft.
• The 314th Medical Group members who maintain a watchful eye over the Air Force’s most precious resource – our personnel. The dedicated care for the human fleet is an accomplishment in itself.
• Members of the 314th Mission Support Group provide logistics, personnel, base security, contracting, financial, services, civil engineering and communications support to keep the wing’s mission humming along.
• Airmen of the 314th Operations Group train and sustain the flow of Combat Airlifters to operational units from every branch of service and 31 allied countries.
• The men and women of the 189th Airlift Wing and 463rd Airlift Group who support our missions, as well as their own – a feat that truly is an example of the “Total Force” concept.
From pre-mission planning to post-flight recovery, the organizations aligned under the 314th AW, the 189th Airlift Wing and the 463rd Airlift Group put the team in Team Little Rock!