By Senior Airman Kaylee Clark
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Approximately 200 Airmen from Little Rock Air Force Base deployed to Southwest Asia on Sept. 8.
These Airmen specialize in combat airlift and expeditionary support while deployed down range.
“This is my first time deploying,” said Airman 1st Class Corderro Sweeney, a 50th Airlift Squadron loadmaster. “I am going to miss my family and friends, but I am ready to deploy and to support the mission.”
Families and friends gathered in the hallways of squadrons to wish their loved ones farewell and to show their support.
Lt. Col. Michael Fellona, the 50th Airlift Squadron commander, briefed his squadron and gave them his best wishes.
“Be safe, go out and execute the mission with authority,” said Fellona. “There will be highs and lows, good times and rough times, but we are here to support you back home.”
Deployers processed through the deployment line and received briefings while awaiting the arrival of the aircraft that would take them overseas.
The 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron checked mobility folders and weighed bags prior to Airmen boarding the plane.
“Our team loaded approximately 300 bags on to the aircraft,” said Tech. Sgt. Joseph Fialkowski, a 19th LRS aircraft service member.
On behalf of all of Team Little Rock, leadership shook the Airmen’s hands and wished them well on their deployment as they board the aircraft.
As part of the mobility Air Forces, the Airmen from Team Little Rock help haul passengers, cargo and supplies into the heart of contingency operations. These mission-ready Airmen deliver premiere C-130 airlift and support at every corner of the globe.