Air National Guard aircrews hold November C-130 training at Fort McCoy

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  • By Scott Sturkol
  • Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office

FORT MCCOY, WI -- An aircrew operates a C-130 Hercules during training operations Nov. 20, 2021, on South Post at Fort McCoy, Wis.

The C-130 is from the 182nd Airlift Wing with the Illinois Air National Guard. The C-130 was flown by aircrews with the 169th Airlift Squadron out of Peoria Ill.

Young Air Assault Strip, which has also been called Young Field, originally opened in October 1984.

It was constructed by the 618th Engineer Company, 360th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division.

The air strip was named after Pfc. Raphael Young, a member of the 618th who died in September 1984 while training on heavy equipment in advance of the mission to build the air strip.

Young Air Assault Strip has been used for decades as a multiservice air strip that can be used in a variety of ways. It can replicate a terminal; used to receive process, and stage personnel, cargo, and equipment; or used as an austere airfield.

The C-130 Hercules primarily performs the tactical portion of the airlift mission, according to its Air Force fact sheet. The aircraft is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for airdropping troops and equipment into hostile areas.

The C-130 operates throughout the U.S. Air Force, serving with Air Mobility Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Pacific Air Forces, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command, fulfilling a wide range of operational missions in both peace and war situations, the fact sheet states.

Fort McCoy was established in 1909 and its motto is to be the “Total Force Training Center.” Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin.

The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services nearly every year since 1984.