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Local reservists to take over aerial port duties at Hickam AFB

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio -- Air Force reservists from the 87th Aerial Port Squadron board a C-17 aircraft June 30 bound for Hickam AFB, Hawaii.  Reservists will take-over the aerial port duties for two-weeks for their annual tour.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Ted Theopolos)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio -- Air Force reservists from the 87th Aerial Port Squadron board a C-17 aircraft June 30 bound for Hickam AFB, Hawaii. Reservists will take-over the aerial port duties for two-weeks for their annual tour. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Ted Theopolos)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio -- One-hundred and fifty reservists from the Air Force Reserve' s 87th Aerial Port Squadron will take over the aerial port duties at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, for approximately two-weeks for their annual tour training.

Seventy-three reservists deployed Saturday to join the rest of the squadron already or on their way there. Reservists left Saturday at approximately 12:15 p.m., on a C-17 aircraft from McChord AFB, Wash. The scheduled flight will stop at Travis AFB, Calif., before heading for the island of Oahu.

The reserve squadron will take over the active duty 735th Air Mobility Squadron who will get down time for training or time-off.

This is one of the squadron's largest deployments since 2001 when 115 reservists deployed to McChord AFB, Wash. For some this has been a very busy year returning less than two months ago from a 120 day Air Expeditionary Force tour in the Middle East.

Reservists will work eight-hour shifts around the clock in all aerial port sections to include ramp management, cargo, special handling, passenger services, load planning, and air terminal operational center.

Reservists are scheduled to arrive back at Wright-Patt July 14th.