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Two HC-130J Combat King II sit on the flight line in preparation for cargo unload at Diyarbakir Air Base, Turkey, Sept. 28, 2015. The aircraft is deployed to Diyarbakir AB in an effort to enhance Coalition capabilities and support personnel recovery operations in Syria and Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cory W. Bush/Released)

Airmen from the 23d Wing unload an HC-130J Combat King II, Sept. 11, 2017, at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. Aircraft and personnel from the 563d Rescue Group mobilized to Homestead ARB to assist in rescue efforts after Hurricane Irma made landfall. The 563d RQG is supporting FEMA’s disaster response efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Warthogs do the elephant walk.

An HH60G Pavehawk leads the Hildisvini of Moody AFB’s 23d Wing in an Elephant Walk surge exercise.
The exercise was conducted in order to demonstrate the wing’s ability to rapidly deploy combat ready forces across the globe. The 23d Wing maintains and operates A-10C Thunderbolt IIs, HH-60G Pave Hawks, and HC-130J Combat King II aircraft for precision attack, personnel recovery and combat support worldwide.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan, 22 MAY 2017.)

moody_afb An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 23d Fighter Group peels off after a strafing run over Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range April 17, 2015, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The A-10C participated in a combat search and rescue task force demonstration alongside HH-60G Pave Hawks and an HC-130J Combat King II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Callaghan/Released) #aircraft #a10 #hawg#MoodyAFB #brrrrt #usaf

U.S. Air Force members from the 71st and 41st Rescue Squadrons board a HC-130J Combat King II traveling to Texas in preparation of possible hurricane relief support August 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

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Polly wants a cracker.

New York National Guard UH-60s prepare to conduct aerial refueling operations with a HC-130J from the 79th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. during the Angel Thunder 2013 exercise. Angel Thunder is the largest joint service, multinational, interagency combat search and rescue exercise designed to train personnel recovery assets using a variety of scenarios to simulate deployment conditions and contingencies.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon, 8 APR 2013.)

HC-130J 09-0108/‘OT’ seen at Jacqueline Cochran Airport in Thermal, California on April 15, 2014 is assigned to the 88th Test and Evaluation Squadron, which is part of the Combat Search and Rescue Combined Test Force (CSAR CTF) headquartered at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Dan Stijovich