“…I look forward to working with the (445th Airlift Wing) and again being taught by some of the greatest experts out there,” the 52-year-old reservist, who calls Arizona his home state, said in an interview.
A common sight in the skies above the Dayton region, nine C-17 Globemaster III cargo jets stationed with the 445th Airlift Wing routinely fly missions around the world.
The unit flew more than 1,400 sorties the past year, flying more missions and hours than any other C-17 unit in reserve or Air National Guard squadrons, according to McGalliard and the Air Force.
The jet transport wing flies weekly aeromedical evacuation and troop and cargo flights primarily “downrange,” McGalliard said. The reservists, most of whom serve part-time, continue to carry wounded service members out of Iraq and Afghanistan, he said.
“We’re still in that business,” he said. “…We still put cargo in there every week as well, and bring cargo out. Whatever the tasking is, these guys generate the sorties and we put a crew on it and they go and do it. Every week after week.”
One crew recently evacuated a family injured in a Brussels, Belgium terrorist bombing in March, he said.
A 53-year-old Indiana native, McGalliard will move to Michigan. He was commander of the 445th Airlift Wing since November 2013.