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First of the C-130s Lands in Great Falls

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Today the Montana Air National Guard welcomed in their first of eight new C-130s as they get ready to embark on their next mission. After the departure of the F-15 to California, the Montana Air National Guard here in Great Falls are excited to begin their brand new mission as it flies in today.

"Once we were notified about that change, our Congressional Delegation, our Governor's Office, our State Delegation, our Military Leadership and our Wing Leadership got together and started to work with the United States Air Force corporate process to get C-130's or an alike mission, C-27's was on the table for a while, Intel targeting group was on the table for a while eventually it ended up being that we were able to secure the C-130 age mission so it is a very good mission," explains Major Cody Smith.

8 new C-130's will be added here to the 120th as Flight Engineers, Load masters and Pilots like Ryan Dahlin will spend months training to prepare for their brand new mission of operating the very large plane. Dalin says there will be some key differences in the new training.

"A biggest difference is just learning the systems; you're always learning the systems. This will be my 5th aircraft I've flown for the Military. So it's just going to be learning the specific to this particular airplane," says Major Dahlin.

Before the F-15's was kind of a 1 man operation with most of the team on staying on the ground. Now newly made Load master, Tech. Sergeant Steven Jager is very excited to finally be aboard an aircraft himself.

"Yeah real excited, my previous job I didn't really get too much aircraft experience so now I get a lot of aircraft," adds Tech. Sergeant Jager.

With the change to the new C-130's the Montana Air National Guard finds them with a huge employment opportunity.

"We definitely have some opportunities out there, transitioning people from prior service or you are a brand new non prior service looking at from High school, money for College. We have some great benefits, huge healthcare right now. Our healthcare opportunities are pretty good right now. We are doing pretty well with the conversion right now," says Master Sergeant Joshua Brown.

The 120th Fighter Wing has now become the 120th Airlift Wing and with the new mission even comes a new logo.

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