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A 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-130H Hercules taxis on the flightline Feb. 8, 2017 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The 737th includes Airmen deployed from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, and supports Operation Inherent Resolve by delivering personnel and cargo downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

A 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-130H Hercules taxis on the flightline Feb. 8, 2017 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The 737th includes Airmen deployed from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, and supports Operation Inherent Resolve by delivering personnel and cargo downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

A 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-130H Hercules taxis on the flightline Feb. 8, 2017 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The 737th includes Airmen deployed from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, and supports Operation Inherent Resolve by delivering personnel and cargo downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

A 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-130H Hercules taxis on the flightline Feb. 8, 2017 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The 737th includes Airmen deployed from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, and supports Operation Inherent Resolve by delivering personnel and cargo downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

737th Expeditionary Airlift Wing Airmen escort personnel onto a C-130H Hercules at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Feb. 8, 2017. These Airmen are deployed from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

737th Expeditionary Airlift Wing Airmen escort personnel onto a C-130H Hercules at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Feb. 8, 2017. These Airmen are deployed from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

Tech. Sgt. Julie LaRocque, 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron crew chief, removes a turbine inlet cover on a C-130H Hercules Feb. 8, 2017 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. LaRocque is deployed from the 120th Airlift Wing, Montana Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

Tech. Sgt. Julie LaRocque, 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron crew chief, removes a turbine inlet cover on a C-130H Hercules Feb. 8, 2017 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. LaRocque is deployed from the 120th Airlift Wing, Montana Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

Maj. Cody Burroughs, 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron pilot, performs preflight inspections in a C-130H Hercules Feb. 28, 2017 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The mission of the 737th is to deliver personnel and cargo downrange in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

Maj. Cody Burroughs, 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron pilot, performs preflight inspections in a C-130H Hercules Feb. 28, 2017 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The mission of the 737th is to deliver personnel and cargo downrange in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nick Barth, 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster, waits for the remainder of the crew he is flying with to complete preflight checks for a C-130 Hercules before take-off at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 4, 2017. Barth was part of a team that delivered thousands of pounds in supplies to aid in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Mosul offensive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordan Castelan)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nick Barth, 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster, waits for the remainder of the crew he is flying with to complete preflight checks for a C-130 Hercules before take-off at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 4, 2017. Barth was part of a team that delivered thousands of pounds in supplies to aid in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Mosul offensive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordan Castelan)

Staff Sgt. Michael Beaver, 737th Expeditionary Air Squadron crew chief, watches over a C-130 Hercules as it gets fueled Feb. 8, 2017 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The mission of the 737th is to deliver personnel and cargo downrange in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

Staff Sgt. Michael Beaver, 737th Expeditionary Air Squadron crew chief, watches over a C-130 Hercules as it gets fueled Feb. 8, 2017 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The mission of the 737th is to deliver personnel and cargo downrange in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Airmen load a C-130H Hercules at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Feb. 8, 2017. The 737th includes Airmen deployed from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, and supports Operation Inherent Resolve by delivering personnel and cargo downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Airmen load a C-130H Hercules at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Feb. 8, 2017. The 737th includes Airmen deployed from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, and supports Operation Inherent Resolve by delivering personnel and cargo downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Airmen load a C-130H Hercules at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Feb. 8, 2017.  The mission of the 737th is to deliver personnel and cargo downrange in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Airmen load a C-130H Hercules at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Feb. 8, 2017. The mission of the 737th is to deliver personnel and cargo downrange in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nick Barth, 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster, finishes unloading a C-130 Hercules at Qayyarah West Airfield , Iraq, Feb. 4, 2017. Barth was part of a team that delivered thousands of pounds in supplies to aide in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Mosul offensive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordan Castelan)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nick Barth, 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster, finishes unloading a C-130 Hercules at Qayyarah West Airfield , Iraq, Feb. 4, 2017. Barth was part of a team that delivered thousands of pounds in supplies to aide in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Mosul offensive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordan Castelan)

UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, Southwest Asia --

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Air National Guardsmen from the 120th and 182nd Airlift Wings departed for home this week following a four-month deployment at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

During their deployment, the Airmen were assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen where they successfully delivered cargo downrange at a record breaking pace in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the coalition mission aimed at defeating ISIS. 

Their missions while deployed was flying and maintaining multiple C-130H Hercules aircraft. Some of the records they broke included the most hours flown hours since October 2012 and most passengers moved in recorded history from their location. This was accomplished by a team of Citizen Airmen working tirelessly to complete the mission.   

“The guys I have worked with here are outstanding,” said Lt. Col. Joseph Rudebeck, 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron pilot, deployed from the 182nd Airlift Wing. “Their level of professionalism and dedication is second to none.”

In order to keep the C-130 mission fully functional and off the ground, knowledgeable maintenance Airmen worked day and night to identify and fix potential issues.

Airman 1st Class John Rayyan, 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit aircraft environmental electrician, deployed from the 182nd Airlift Wing, did his part to make sure the aircraft were working properly.

“Without the components the aircraft wouldn’t be able to fly, so if anything goes bad with those components, I am there to fix it,” said Rayyan.

This team also achieved their unit’s best mission completion rate since 2015. This was accomplished through close integration between the aircrew and the AMU. Pilots like Rudebeck recognized the importance of working alongside these maintainers. 

“Those guys are spot on and always have a spare jet ready for us to go so we can still get the mission off on time,” said Rudebeck.

The flying missions often brought the aircraft to rough environments. This resulted in a need for constant upkeep of the C-130’s.

“These planes take a beating and there is always maintenance that goes along with it,” said Rudebeck. “The maintenance guys are challenged in ways they are not challenged at home station.”

The Guardsmen all expressed pride in the accomplishments they achieved and the records they broke through their hard work.

“One that sticks out the best is our hours flown,” said Tech. Sgt. Taylor Thoroughman, 386th EAMXS AMU crew chief, deployed from the 120th Airlift Wing. “Not only are we not breaking the aircraft, but when they do break we are getting them back fully mission capable within the allotted time they give us.”

These Airmen will go back home knowing they did their part in sending ammunition, food, personnel and other necessary cargo downrange in the fight against ISIS.

“That is the most rewarding thing,” said Thoroughman.