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176th MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS FLIGHT
The 176th Maintenance Operations Flight (MOF) provides all the metric, budget, and personnel management to provide mission-ready aircraft and personnel specializing in Combat Search and Rescue and Strategic Airlift for the 176th Wing. The 176th MOF is responsible for daily statistical analysis of aircraft maintenance, managing all maintenance scheduling, providing over-sight for training of all assigned personnel, budget oversight, communication hub for all day-to-day maintenance actions, tracking and scheduling of all required maintenance of HC-130J and HH-60G assigned to 176th Wing plus active duty C-17 in an associate unit based at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, AK.
Established as the 176th Logistics Support Flight (LSF) on 1 Oct 1995, redesignated 176th Maintenance Operations Flight in 2000.
The Combat Search and Rescue unit consists of 4HC-130H3 Hercules and 6 HH-60G Pave-Hawk aircraft. Search and rescue includes a variety of missions: lost hunters, hikers or Alzheimer’s patients; emergency locator transmitter signals; and missing aircraft. At home, rescue assets are routinely dispatched to provide aid and transportation to people needing medical attention in remote or isolated areas, for emergency organ or blood transportation, or for medical evacuations, when civilian resources are not available.
The HC-130 “Hercules” specializes in aerial refueling of the unit helicopters as well as aerial mission support. In addition to a busy schedule in Alaska, the HC’s actively support world-wide taskings; deploying for OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, staged out of Djibouti, Africa, and multiple training exercises in the lower 48.
The HH-60 or “Pave hawk” is the heart of the rescue mission in Alaska. The HH-60 section has deployed for OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan; Hong Kong SAREX; and Pacific Angel, short-notice Hurricane Relief for Gustav/Ike in Texas, Sep 2008.
The Tactical Airlift Section 8 C-130H2 “Hercules” focuses on intra-theater airlift, specializing in air land and air drop operations; providing people, supplies, and pallets anywhere and anytime, including OPERATIONS JOINT FORGE, ENDURING FREEDOM, and DEEP FREEZE as well as various Temporary Duty missions.
The Strategic Airlift section 8 C-17 “Globemasters” have hit the ground running, flying more than 1400 hours in their first year of operation to world-wide destinations including Hawaii and the Middle East. The addition of the Strategic Airlift mission has added a valuable tool to the rescue mission giving the capability to move helicopters and maintainers to and from emergency and deployment locations, as demonstrated during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.