For many who live in Essex/Middle River, Maryland, they are used to having various planes flying over head. Some fly high and others skim the treetops depending on their mission. Some planes are large and slow; others are sleek and fast! The planes call the Maryland Air National Guard base home!
On Saturday, August 13, the Maryland Air National Guard and United States Air Force celebrated the arrival of four C-27J “Spartan” aircraft that will be at home at the Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River. The planes are part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. They will be used by Maryland Air National Guard 135th Airlife Group for transport of supplies to troops overseas.
The C27J aircraft will replace the C-130J “Hercules” aircraft that are quite familiar to the residents in the area who have seen them fly over for many years.
Major General James A. Adkins, adjutant general of Maryland, spoke at the ceremonies as the 135th Airlife Group welcomed home their newest aircraft. Major Adkins commented that the newer places will give them better access to more places.
Troops stations at the Warfield Air National Guard Base are happy they are the recipients of these newer planes. It will give them the opportunity to operate more up-to-date equipment and to serve deployed troops better.
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