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152AW unit reaches 45,000 accident-free flying hours, recognized by Air Mobility Command

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The 2011 fiscal year just ended, bringing to a close an amazing 14 years of solid effort and performance by the High Rollers in the stalwart C-130 Hercules aircraft. The 192nd Airlift Squadron was proud to be recognized recently by the Air Mobility Command for reaching the 45,000 hour milestone. In the past 18 months the unit successfully completed two Air Expeditionary Force deployments, two Shadow Harvest deployments, 10 months of Tanker Airlift Control Center support, and multiple Coronet Oak deployments.

"The eight-aircraft unit continually leans forward and executes well above the average flight hour allocation, flying 3,100 hours in fiscal year 2011, " said Lt. Col. Cesar Garduno, the commander of the 192nd Airlift Squadron.

Not only has the airlift squadron raised the bar, but they've done it accident free. The high utilization rate is the result of a base wide effort to ensure the aircraft are mission ready and the aircrew is well-trained and physically ready for high demand missions both home and abroad.

The High Rollers should also be particularly proud to have flown these eight aircraft over the historic 100,000 total flying hour air-frame mark this year.

"As demands for C-130 capabilities continue to rise, the citizen airmen of the 152nd Airlift Wing continue to answer the call with ready airmen," Garduno said.