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Guam On The Horizon

Tech. Sgt. Carla Horner, an 18th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, discusses flight physical results with Capt.(Dr.) Joshua Hartman, a flight medicine doctor at the McConnell clinic. Sergeant Horner will deploy to Guam this month. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Amanda Currier.)

Tech. Sgt. Carla Horner, an 18th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, discusses flight physical results with Capt.(Dr.) Joshua Hartman, a flight medicine doctor at the McConnell clinic. Sergeant Horner will deploy to Guam this month. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Amanda Currier.)

MCCONNELL AFB, Kan. -- Thirty-seven group members, including flyers, maintainers and some intelligence personnel have been going through pre-deployment motions over the past couple of months as part of their requirements to deploy to Anderson Air Force Base, Guam to support Pacific Air Forces and AEF requirements.

Deployers went through briefings from the 931st Mission Support Flight, 931st Aerospace Medicine Flight and other agencies.

"We were checked out and cleared by the medical flight and given immunizations," said 2nd Lt. Brian Doom, an 18th Air Refueling Squadron pilot.

The group members had a detailed checklist to take care of before leaving.
"Basically they made sure everything was up to date as far as training, things like self-aid and buddy care and CBTs (computer based training),"said Tech. Sgt. Christopher Norris, an18th ARS boom operator.

The 931st will be joining the 507th Air Refueling Wing, the lead unit for the deployment, to perform normal tanker operations.

"The majority of the missions will probably be providing air refueling for strategic airlift," said Lt. Col. William Dorsey, 931st ARG logistics readiness officer.

Most 931st personnel will be doing approximately two-week rotations.

"Fifteen days at the deployed location, "said Lt. Col. Dorsey "There are a handful, however, that will be there for the entire month filling both rotations."

Big things are expected of 931st crews.

"We expect to provide professional, great service while we are there (Andersen AFB, Guam)," said Lt. Col. Mike Allman, 18th ARS Pilot and senior ranking officer representing the 931st during the deployment. "This is also a great opportunity to show our strong commitment as Reservists."