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Virginia Members Ride on Air National Guard Globemaster

VAwingANG167thMembers from two Virginia Wing squadrons recently rode in a C-17 Globemaster III, courtesy of the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 167th Airlift Wing.

In all, 32 members of the Winchester Composite Squadron were on board, along with five from the Leesburg Composite Squadron. Along for the ride were 10 Junior ROTC cadets from Berkeley County Berkeley Schools in West Virginia.

Before takeoff, members of the 167th discussed their careers and their motivations for joining the Air National Guard.

VAwinchesterThe C-17 flew around West Virginia toward Morgantown before looping back around to Martinsburg.

Cadets were permVAleesburg1itted to walk around the aircraft. They also briefly sat in the cockpit and chatted with the pilots during the flight. A select few were in the cockpit for takeoff and landing. 

"The only negative thing I have to say is,” said Junior ROTC Cadet Airman Basic Nathanne Morcelo, “I wish the flight could have been longer!”
Maj. Jacob Bixler
Winchester Composite Squadron
Virginia Wing