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Super Hercules arrives at Bagram

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron load cargo into a C-130J Super Hercules at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. The C-130J Super Hercules, from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes over at Bagram Airfield for the departing C-130 Hercules. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron load cargo into a C-130J Super Hercules at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. The C-130J Super Hercules, from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes over at Bagram Airfield for the departing C-130 Hercules. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman/Released)

A C-130J Super Hercules sits on the flight line awaiting departure at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. The C-130J Super Hercules will take over for the C-130 Hercules at Bagram Airfield, after four months at Kandahar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman/Released)

A C-130J Super Hercules sits on the flight line awaiting departure at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. The C-130J Super Hercules will take over for the C-130 Hercules at Bagram Airfield, after four months at Kandahar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman/Released)

A U.S. Air Force Airman taxis the final C-130J Super Hercules at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. The C-130J Super Hercules will take over for the C-130 Hercules at Bagram Airfield, after four months at Kandahar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman/Released)

A U.S. Air Force Airman taxis the final C-130J Super Hercules at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. The C-130J Super Hercules will take over for the C-130 Hercules at Bagram Airfield, after four months at Kandahar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman/Released)

The final C-130J Super Hercules departs Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. The C-130J Super Hercules will take over for the C-130 Hercules at Bagram Airfield, after four months at Kandahar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman/Released)

The final C-130J Super Hercules departs Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. The C-130J Super Hercules will take over for the C-130 Hercules at Bagram Airfield, after four months at Kandahar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman/Released)

Two U.S. Air Force pilots assigned to the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron do preflight checks in a C-130J Super Hercules at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. The C-130J Super Hercules, from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes over at Bagram Airfield for the departing C-130 Hercules. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman/Released)

Two U.S. Air Force pilots assigned to the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron do preflight checks in a C-130J Super Hercules at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. The C-130J Super Hercules, from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes over at Bagram Airfield for the departing C-130 Hercules. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman/Released)

The final C-130J Super Hercules to relocate to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, is marshalled to a stop on the ramp, Jan. 12, 2013. The Super Hercules models permanently replaced the recently departed fleet of C-130H Hercules aircraft at Bagram.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Gary J. Rihn/Released)

The final C-130J Super Hercules to relocate to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, is marshalled to a stop on the ramp, Jan. 12, 2013. The Super Hercules models permanently replaced the recently departed fleet of C-130H Hercules aircraft at Bagram.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Gary J. Rihn/Released)

The first of the C-130J Super Hercules arrives at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 9, 2013.  The C-130J Super Hercules, from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes over at Bagram Airfield for the departing C-130 Hercules. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman/Released)

The first of the C-130J Super Hercules arrives at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 9, 2013. The C-130J Super Hercules, from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes over at Bagram Airfield for the departing C-130 Hercules. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman/Released)

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- On the morning of Jan. 9, 2013, the first C-130 Hercules departed Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, for the final time, while the first C-130J Super Hercules arrived from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

"With the reductions that are going on in the AOR, the U.S. Air Force has reduced the number of C-130's," said Lt. Col. Michael Brock, 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron commander. "This has allowed us to move from Kandahar to Bagram."

The C-130 Hercules were stationed at Bagram for approximately four months before embarking on their return home to Yokota Air Base, Japan, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. and Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.

While the tactical environment is the same at Kandahar as it is Bagram, the C-130J Super Hercules, deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, will provide Bagram with some key capabilities that will enhance the overall flying mission.

"With the C-130J Super Hercules, there are two extra pallet positions which allow for more cargo, as well as better engine performance that you don't have with the C-130 Hercules," explained Capt. Matthew Crowley, 774th EAS C-130J Super Hercules aircraft commander.

According to Brock, the avionics upgrade in the C-130J Super Hercules is also a key difference between the two aircrafts.

"We no longer have a navigator or a flight engineer with the C-130J Super Hercules," said Brock. "The avionics upgrade allows for us to have those two less crew members."

With those two less crew members, the C-130J Super Hercules is able to still meet their force management level production numbers without losing any capability, potentially increasing their capabilities because they can carry more cargo.

The transition from Kandahar to Bagram was four day process, where the C-130J Super Hercules was still able to support over 80 missions, including an air drop.

"We planned this move for months," explained Brock, who is a native of Detroit, Mich. "From our maintainers to our ops and logistics, to the planning that happened at the air mobility division, it was a complete team effort."

During the transition, there were roughly 98 tons of cargo and almost 1,000 passengers moved.

With the successful move up north, Brock believes it was the heart and soul of the team that made the transition happen.

While the newly arrived C-130J Super Hercules may only have a couple of months left on their tour, their sister squadron from Dyess will be the ones to replace them.

"It has been a few years since the C-130J Super Hercules has been at Bagram, but now they are going to be here for a while," said Brock.

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