An Air Force reserve unit based in Delaware is getting ready to be activated in support of U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan.
As 30,000 U.S. troops get ready to move into Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, members of the 512th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base will be called into action to support the troop increase. The unit will be activated next week.
The DAFB reservists will be activated for about six months in support of President Obama’s planned troop surge. The soldiers include flight crew members, maintenance technicians, aerial porters and support personnel. The unit flies and maintains C-5 Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III cargo planes.
The 512th consists of 1,700 personnel, made up of 12% officers, 88% enlisted, and a support staff of about 35 civilians.