by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson
Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs
3/3/2014 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- While
common to see military aircraft in the sky, San Antonio drivers shared
the road Sunday with a retired, partially disassembled Air Force C-130
Hercules cargo aircraft as it was towed on highways between Joint Base
San Antonio-Lackland and the Medical Readiness Training Center at
The aircraft's four-hour road trip was successfully accomplished through
combined efforts of members from the 502nd Trainer Development Squadron
at JBSA-Randolph, JBSA-Lackland Security Forces, San Antonio Police
Department, Texas Highway Patrol and World Wide Aircraft Recovery.
"The move was definitely a team effort, one that took us about five
months to plan and execute," Reimo Estrada, 502nd Trainer Development
Squadron project manager, said. "Everything came together though, and we
delivered the aircraft with no issues."
Once equipped to immerse the medics in a combat environment, the
aircraft will become a vital training tool used by the 937th Training
Group's aeromedical evacuation and patient staging course students. AEPS
is a week-long course where instructors teach students to load,
transport and treat patients aboard a C-130 in contingency, humanitarian
and disaster relief environments.
Sunday's move of this 116' asset entailed only the fuselage of the bulky
aircraft. According to Kevin Haley, 502nd TDS director, other major
parts of the C-130 were transported to JBSA-Camp Bullis since Feb. 12.
"For the replacement aircraft to be prepared and moved the contractor
had to remove the C-130's engines, wings, and horizontal and vertical
stabilizers to facilitate overland transportation to Camp Bullis," Haley
said. "There, the contractors will re-assemble the aircraft and restore
it to its non-flying original electrical, electronic and mechanical,
functional and operational status."
According to Lt. Col. Charles Cambron, 937th Training Support Squadron,
MRTC flight commander, the required plane was scheduled for
decommissioning from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard and it was
diverted to JBSA-Camp Bullis, by way of JBSA-Lackland. Utilizing
designated funds from the Readiness Training Oversight Committee, 502nd
TDS fabricators will reconfigure the plane into a state-of-the-art
"Students in the AEPS course will practice loading and unloading
patients on our flightline, as well as putting their clinical skills to
the test while running patient scenarios during in-flight simulations,"
Cambron said. "The C-130 is equipped to simulate the sounds, sights,
feel and even smells of actual flight to better prepare our deployers to
be more effective for our patients downrange."
About 1,300 students will be trained each year during the course,
according to Cambron. He also said that several medical specialties, to
include doctors, nurses, administrative staff, medical technicians,
officers and enlisted will take the course.
The simulation project is expected to take another two months to
complete. In the next few weeks, the team will be busy putting the C-130
back together and ensuring that everything works properly before
beginning the process to simulate explosions, smoke and even temperature
changes, according to Estrada.
"All the players' determination, whether active duty, civilians or
contractors have made this project a success, and their efforts will
directly affect the lives of our patients we're sent to bring home,"