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145th AW Keeps "Mission Ready" as 2nd Winter Storm Hits the Carolinas

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Dennis Heidenfeldt, 145th Maintenance Squadron, communication and navigation specialist, starts up a power unit providing power to a waiting C-130 Hercules aircraft at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, February 12, 2014.   During a snowstorm that crippled the city and cancelled many flights, Heidenfeldt worked with contractors installing Real Time In Cockpit (RTIC) unit which enhances and integrates a situ¬ational awareness (SA) capability that allows aircrews to commu¬nicate with ground crews during airlift, airdrop, and other opera¬tions.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Dennis Heidenfeldt, 145th Maintenance Squadron, communication and navigation specialist, starts up a power unit providing power to a waiting C-130 Hercules aircraft at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, February 12, 2014. During a snowstorm that crippled the city and cancelled many flights, Heidenfeldt worked with contractors installing Real Time In Cockpit (RTIC) unit which enhances and integrates a situ¬ational awareness (SA) capability that allows aircrews to commu¬nicate with ground crews during airlift, airdrop, and other opera¬tions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgts. Jonathon Jonas and Paul Talbot and Master Sgt. Rubin Morris, members of the 156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, try to stay warm and continue the mission as the second winter storm of the season hits the Carolinas, February 12, 2014.  Jonas, Talbot and Morris go over operating procedures and safety precautions on sterilizers used for medical equipment at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, as part of a joint service team preparing medical equipment for a mission in Abbeville, Louisiana.  The 145th AW will be building five pallets that will be flown by 145th AW C-130 aircraft.  Joint service military will provide medical, dental and optometry care to residents of Abbeville, Louisiana and surrounding areas in support of “Cajun Care.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgts. Jonathon Jonas and Paul Talbot and Master Sgt. Rubin Morris, members of the 156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, try to stay warm and continue the mission as the second winter storm of the season hits the Carolinas, February 12, 2014. Jonas, Talbot and Morris go over operating procedures and safety precautions on sterilizers used for medical equipment at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, as part of a joint service team preparing medical equipment for a mission in Abbeville, Louisiana. The 145th AW will be building five pallets that will be flown by 145th AW C-130 aircraft. Joint service military will provide medical, dental and optometry care to residents of Abbeville, Louisiana and surrounding areas in support of “Cajun Care.” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ricky Tarlton, 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Small Air Terminal, operates an all-terrain forklift at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, February 12, 2014 during a winter storm that brought the city to a standstill. Tarlton pressed on relocating aircraft pallets to a staging area where medical supplies will be palletized for transporting on a 145th Airlift Wing, C-130 Hercules aircraft.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ricky Tarlton, 145th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Small Air Terminal, operates an all-terrain forklift at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, February 12, 2014 during a winter storm that brought the city to a standstill. Tarlton pressed on relocating aircraft pallets to a staging area where medical supplies will be palletized for transporting on a 145th Airlift Wing, C-130 Hercules aircraft.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Airmen from the 145th Airlift Wing work at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, February 12, 2014, as the second winter storm of the season hits the Carolinas hard crippling the city of Charlotte under six inches of snow.  During cold and icy conditions members from the 145th Maintenance and Logistic Readiness Squadrons continue maintaining and moving planes and cargo, diligently staying focused on the mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Airmen from the 145th Airlift Wing work at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, February 12, 2014, as the second winter storm of the season hits the Carolinas hard crippling the city of Charlotte under six inches of snow. During cold and icy conditions members from the 145th Maintenance and Logistic Readiness Squadrons continue maintaining and moving planes and cargo, diligently staying focused on the mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

A C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to the 145th Airlift Wing is towed to a hanger at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, February 14, 2014.  Airmen reported to work weathering the elements of another rarely seen winter storm as it raged in bringing snow and ice to almost the entire state of North Carolina.  Members of the 145th Maintenance Squadron keep aircraft mission ready to answer the call in the event the state required assistance. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran/Released)

A C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to the 145th Airlift Wing is towed to a hanger at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, February 14, 2014. Airmen reported to work weathering the elements of another rarely seen winter storm as it raged in bringing snow and ice to almost the entire state of North Carolina. Members of the 145th Maintenance Squadron keep aircraft mission ready to answer the call in the event the state required assistance. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran/Released)

Airmen from the 145th Airlift Wing continue to maintain C-130 Hercules aircraft at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, February 12, 2014, as the second winter storm of the season hits the Carolinas hard crippling the city of Charlotte under six inches of snow.  During cold and icy conditions members from the 145th Maintenance and Logistic Readiness Squadrons continue maintaining and moving planes and cargo, diligently staying focused on the mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Airmen from the 145th Airlift Wing continue to maintain C-130 Hercules aircraft at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, February 12, 2014, as the second winter storm of the season hits the Carolinas hard crippling the city of Charlotte under six inches of snow. During cold and icy conditions members from the 145th Maintenance and Logistic Readiness Squadrons continue maintaining and moving planes and cargo, diligently staying focused on the mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

After being pulled out of a maintenance hangar where it was kept secure from the storm and mission ready, a 145th Airlift Wing C-130 Hercules aircraft waits on tarmac at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, February 14, 2014.  Winter-weary from the second winter storm of the season, the 145th Maintenance and Logistic Readiness Squadrons continued maintaining and moving planes and cargo, diligently staying focused on the mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

After being pulled out of a maintenance hangar where it was kept secure from the storm and mission ready, a 145th Airlift Wing C-130 Hercules aircraft waits on tarmac at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, February 14, 2014. Winter-weary from the second winter storm of the season, the 145th Maintenance and Logistic Readiness Squadrons continued maintaining and moving planes and cargo, diligently staying focused on the mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Derek Hastings, 145th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, starts deicing operations removing snow and ice from 145th Airlift Wing, C-130 Hercules aircraft at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, February 14, 2014.  The winter storm, which brought over six inches of snow and finished with a blanket of ice, made roads dangerous throughout the entire state and left many households and businesses without power. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Derek Hastings, 145th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, starts deicing operations removing snow and ice from 145th Airlift Wing, C-130 Hercules aircraft at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, February 14, 2014. The winter storm, which brought over six inches of snow and finished with a blanket of ice, made roads dangerous throughout the entire state and left many households and businesses without power. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Gregory Walters, commander, 145th Civil Engineer Squadron, operates a skid steer loader to remove snow and ice off roads at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, February 14, 2014.  The winter storm, which brought over six inches of snow and finished with a blanket of ice, made roads dangerous throughout the entire state and left many households and businesses without power. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Gregory Walters, commander, 145th Civil Engineer Squadron, operates a skid steer loader to remove snow and ice off roads at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, February 14, 2014. The winter storm, which brought over six inches of snow and finished with a blanket of ice, made roads dangerous throughout the entire state and left many households and businesses without power. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- February is the month known to bring hearts, roses, chocolates, charms and maybe a diamond or two. But for those living in the south there was no southern charm in the forecast as another winter storm sliced through southern and middle-Atlantic states Wednesday and Thursday activating more than 2,300 National Guard troops with the recovery effort from Delaware to Georgia.

At the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. airport, members of the 145th Maintenance and Logistic Readiness Squadrons work through snow and icy conditions to make sure the 145th AW was ready for whatever contingencies they might be called to support.
They continued maintaining aircraft, loading cargo and swapping planes in and out of hangers so that the C-130s that were scheduled to leave on missions would be ready to leave on time.

Master Sgt. Dennis Heidenfeldt, who works in the 145th MXS communication and navigation shop, starts up a power unit to get power to a waiting C-130 Hercules aircraft. "It might be cold outside but the mission continues," Heidenfeldt stated. Heidenfeldt worked with contractors installing a Real Time In Cockpit (RTIC) modification unit as the snow and sleet pelted the outside of the aircraft.

Senior Master Sgt. Chris Amburn, Contracting Officer for the NCANG and several members of the 156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron assembled food and cots bunkering down Wednesday night as they worked through the storm. "We can't afford any task to be delayed just because of bad weather." said Amburn. These airmen have a lot of work to do organizing medical supplies and preparing dental kits to support and serve a real world mission called Cajun Care that must leave out on Friday.

As the storm progressed into the night, all stayed vigilant knowing that even as the weatherman promised sunshine and warmer temperatures the mission was not close to being over. On Friday as the storm broke and the sun came out, airmen grabbed shovels and started front end loaders to dig out from a crusty layer of frozen snow and ice.

With enthusiasm and commitment the 145th Airlift Wing is ready to answer the call, to do the job, get to work, keep people safe, and save lives.