Last Tanker Out

Photo by SSgt. Scott Wittington

The last US Marine Corps KC-130J remaining at Al Asad AB, Iraq, departed on 26 January 2010, marking the end of a 59.5-month deployment. During the nearly five years in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Marine KC-130Js at Al Asad logged over 17,000 sorties totaling more than 29,000 flight hours and delivered 89,000 passengers and more than 30 million pounds of cargo. The tanker crews off-loaded over 190 million pounds of fuel to probe-equipped fighters and helicopters during that time. The KC-130Js were rotationally deployed from VMGR-252 at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, and VMGR-352 at MCAS Miramar, California.

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