Members of the Nevada Air National Guard’s 152nd Airlift Wing, better known as the High Rollers, this week are preparing to deploy to U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. The four-month deployment beings following Thanksgiving.
The High Rollers operate C-130 Hercules aircraft, which can transport payloads of up to 42,000 pounds. The aircraft is used to transport personnel, equipment, vehicles and other cargo.
Guard members will provide theater airlift and aircraft maintenance support in the region.
According to its website, AFRICOM is one of the United States’ combatant command centers focusing on “diplomacy, development and defense approach to foster interagency efforts and help negate the drivers of conflict and extremism in Africa.”
The “Area of Responsibility” includes 11.2 million square miles and 53 African states.
Earlier this year the High Rollers worked with state and federal fire agencies on fire suppression efforts for California wildfires.