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Airmen load cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, May 5, 2017. Deployed out of Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, this C-130J and its support personnel provide tactical airlift, including aeromedical evacuation, cargo and personnel airlift and airdrop--any intra-theater transportation needed to support a successful train, advise and assist mission in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier) Bagram Airmen get cargo, personnel where it needs to be

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Staff Sgt. John Pittman, 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster, prepares a C-130J Hercules for takeoff from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan Nov. 10, 2016. Afghanistan has been called a “Herk’s playground” because of the aircraft’s ability to handle the austere environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa)
Airlift squadron provides mission versatility to Afghan theater
The high pressure altitude; extreme temperature disparity; and harsh, mountainous terrain of Afghanistan make for a challenging environment that often pushes the C-130J Super Hercules to maximum performance.
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