Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) recently visited Moody Air Force Base to meet with base command and meet one of its newest arrivals.
The HC-130J Combat King II arrived at Moody in July and has recorded just 17 hours of flight time since its arrival. In the meantime, Airmen at the base are participating in intensive training for the new airframe.
"The arrival of these new aircrafts will provide our airmen with the latest technology to assist in their already outstanding execution of their missions," said Kingston. "These combine improved speed, range, and endurance with the latest technological innovations. I look forward to seeing them take off and land at Moody in the near future."
The HC-130J Combat King II is the U.S. Air Force's only dedicated fixed-wing personnel recovery platform. They specialize in avoiding detection to support recovery operations in austere environments. Pararescuemen jump out of the back to rescue the injured on the ground. The HC-130J can also be used to refuel helicopters midair. This new aircraft represents the first of nine new HC-130J's slated for Moody over the next five years.
Kingston's visit came just days before the Congressman was scheduled to return to Washington to debate President Obama's request for congressional authorization for military engagement in Syria.
"If the President wants to commit the American military to combat operations in Syria, he needs to make the case for how our involvement will impact the situation on the ground in a positive way for America's national security interests," Kingston said. "I do not believe that case has been made. This is a serious request that deserves a serious and full debate."
Kingston Tours Moody's New Aircraft
Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA), left, discusses the features of the new HC-130J with Moody Support Group's Parker Greene and Lt. Col. Jeffrey Hogan. Hogan recently returned to Moody after several tours of duty including a stint as Military Legislative Fellow in Kingston's Washington, D.C. office.