Cannon holds ceremony to welcome MC-130J

Benna Sayyed

The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base held an acceptance ceremony Sept. 29 to welcome the arrival of the Air Force Special Operations Command’s premiere MC-130J Combat Shadow II.

The MC-130J is the latest variant of the C-130J Super Hercules four-engine turboprop aircraft. It is taking the place of the Special Operations Forces fleet of tankers 37 MC-130E and the MC-130P.

It is the first of at least 10 MC-130Js to be delivered to Cannon in the next fiscal year, according to Airman First Class Kaci Gardner, MC-130J maintenance crew chief.