ALC hands over last MC-130W

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  • By Wayne Crenshaw
  • 78th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
The final MC-130W Combat Spear to be completed at Robins is headed to the warfighter.
In a ceremony Tuesday, Maj. Gen. Polly Peyer, commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, officially turned the plane over to Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command.

Approximately 250 people attended the event, including many of the Team Robins members who worked on the $380 million program which modified 12 C-130H2s for use in a number of roles, including resupplying special operations forces and refueling helicopters.

The program was completed under budget and ahead of schedule, said John Luppino, president of L-3 TCS, which provided engineering for the program.

Wurster took the opportunity to remind Team Robins members the importance of getting planes back in action as soon as possible.

"Aircraft are critically needed on the battlefield," he said. "When you guys get back to the floor, we need your help to push them through."

Brig. Gen. Lee Levy, commander of the 402nd Maintenance Wing, urged the AFSOC crew at the ceremony to "take good care" of the MC-130W.

"It's a great airplane with a lot of love and sweat and passion put into it by the men and women you see in this hangar," he said.