The 189th Airlift Squadron, which began tactical airlift operations with the C-130 in 1996, will fly its final mission – a routine training mission taking off and landing at Boise’s Gowen Field.
During normal training procedures, they conducted about 60 or more “air operations” each week where the big four engine craft land, take off, make touch-and-go approaches etc. Those will cease.
The 124th Aerial Port Flight, also shut down operations earlier this month. Those airmen worked side by side with the 189th Airlift Squadron handling cargo, rolling stock, personnel and many other support tasks for the past 13 years.
About 165 positions were eliminated by the Base Closure Committee of the Federal Department of Defense which made the decision in 2005 to deactivate the C-130 unit and disperse the four huge Vietnam-era turbo prop cargo planes to other bases.
An Air Guard spokesman noted that about two-thirds of Air Guard personnel are part timers, so only about 50 or 60 fulltime poisitions were lost in Boise.
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