by Staff Sgt. Destinie Berry
621st Contingency Response Wing Public Affairs
12/1/2014 - HURLBERT FIELD, Fla. -- U.S.
Air Force Maj. Brant Dixon, 817th Global Mobility Readiness Squadron
Operations Officer and C-17 Globemaster III Instructor Pilot, commanded a
special two-part flying mission with the 6th Airlift Squadron, Joint
Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Nov. 17-28.
The first part of the mission was to transport the 101st Airborne
Division to the Republic of Liberia, where they will provide air
transportation, command and control, maintenance, security, and the
support capability in support of the U.S. Agency for International
Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola Virus outbreak in western
Africa as a part of Operation UNITED ASSISTANCE.
The second part of the mission had a similar theme. The aircraft and
crew were tasked to head down range and pick up a special operations
unit and redeploy them. Although Dixon missed Thanksgiving this year,
the members he helped transport returned just in time to be home for the
"Thanksgiving's an idea not a day," Dixon said. "Whenever we get home we
will have Thanksgiving. I am just thankful we could help get a deployed
team back in time to spend their holiday like they deserve."
"The 6 AS provided a highly skilled and motivated aircrew for this
mission," Dixon added. "I am thankful for their hard work and sacrifices
they made to get this mission done, but there are also countless of
other service members across the world working just as hard so we are
happy to play our piece in helping them this holiday."
Since Sept. 15, approximately 79 Airmen of the 621 CRW were deployed to
Roberts International Airport, Republic of Liberia to establish an
initial mobility footprint required to augment the airfield. Most of the
deployed Airmen belong to Dixon's unit, the 817 CRG.
"I wish we were the crew that got to personally take our guys out of
Liberia, but it felt great to support the same mission my unit was
dedicated to by delivering their sustainment forces as a C-17 pilot,"
Dixon said. "They did their part to stand up the operations, now the 101
AD will continue operations and our guys get to return home to their
For 14 years Dixon has flown countless missions, the first of which were
in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. According
to Dixon, he is still just as passionate about donning the flight suit
today. Since being assigned to the CRW, which is geared to respond
during global emergencies, he has not been able to log the same amount
of flying hours as his past assignments.
"The CRW capability is more specific to immediate ground response, which
is a whole new rewarding experience," he said, "but pilots within the
CRW don't get to fly as much as they would in a flying squadron. We only
get to fly operational missions occasionally, so when we do get the
opportunity, we look for the most meaningful missions like this one."
According to Dixon, his combined experience in flying missions as well
as serving as a contingency response leader have opened several doors to
allow him to serve in the capacity he has always dreamed of.
"I love being a part of Air Mobility Command," Dixon said. "Whether I am
operating a Joint Task Force-Port Opening on the ground in a disaster
response area or flying aircraft to take cargo and personnel where they
need to be I find AMC's mission dynamic, challenging, and above all
rewarding, because the AMC is a purely service oriented organization."