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Moody's final deployed 'Combat King' returns this evening

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C.J. Cersovski C.J. Cersovski
MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, GA (WALB) -

Around two dozen Airmen arrived back to their family and friends in South Georgia just after 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

The Airmen, part of the 71st rescue and maintenance squadrons, had been in the horn of Africa for the past four and a half months. Captain C.J. Cersovski, a pilot on one of the two returning HC-130's, said he is glad to be back in South Georgia.

"Aside from the heat, it's great to be home," Cersovski said happily. "Great to be back with family after being gone for four and a half months. Happy to get people back to their families."

The HC-130P 'Combat King' is part of a nearly 50 year-old fleet that's currently being replaced by the HC-130J Combat King II.  

Moody received its first J-model HC-130 on July 19, 2013. 

"The plane we flew was a 1964 model, so it has 50 years of experience," said Cersovski. "So, to be be able to be a part of the last chapter of history is pretty exciting."

The mission of the HC-130P is to rapidly deploy to austere airfields and denied territory for expeditionary, all-weather personnel recovery operations to include airdrop, air-land, helicopter air-to-air refueling, and forward area ground refueling missions. 

When tasked, the aircraft also conducts humanitarian assistance operations, disaster response, security cooperation/aviation advisory, emergency aeromedical evacuation, casualty evacuation, noncombatant evacuation operations, and, during the Space Shuttle program, space flight support for NASA. 

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