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MC-130 crews deploy to the Horn of Africa

Master Sgt. Miguel Toro, 130th Rescue Squadron loadmaster, spends time with his children before his deployment to the Horn of Africa. Thirty Airmen from the 129th Rescue Wing departed on two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft for a 40-day deployment to Djibouti, Africa, April 21, 2009. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Sagar Pathak, www.horizontalrain.com)

Master Sgt. Miguel Toro, 130th Rescue Squadron loadmaster, spends time with his children before his deployment to the Horn of Africa. Thirty Airmen from the 129th Rescue Wing departed on two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft for a 40-day deployment to Djibouti, Africa, April 21, 2009. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Sagar Pathak, www.horizontalrain.com)

Capt. Patrick Slavin, 130th Rescue Squadron C-130 pilot, poses with his children before his deployment to the Horn of Africa. Thirty Airmen from the 129th Rescue Wing departed on two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft for a 40-day deployment to Djibouti, Africa, April 21, 2009. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Sagar Pathak, www.horizontalrain.com)

Capt. Patrick Slavin, 130th Rescue Squadron C-130 pilot, poses with his children before his deployment to the Horn of Africa. Thirty Airmen from the 129th Rescue Wing departed on two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft for a 40-day deployment to Djibouti, Africa, April 21, 2009. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Sagar Pathak, www.horizontalrain.com)

The wife of 1st Lt. Hans Jagow lays her hand on his before Lieutenant Jagow's deployment to the Horn of Africa. Thirty Airmen from the 129th Rescue Wing departed on two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft for a 40-day deployment to Djibouti, Africa, April 21, 2009. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Sagar Pathak, www.horizontalrain.com)

The wife of 1st Lt. Hans Jagow lays her hand on his before Lieutenant Jagow's deployment to the Horn of Africa. Thirty Airmen from the 129th Rescue Wing departed on two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft for a 40-day deployment to Djibouti, Africa, April 21, 2009. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Sagar Pathak, www.horizontalrain.com)

Colonel Mark Sheehy, 129th Operations Group commander, interviews with a local television news reporter before his deployment to the Horn of Africa. Thirty Airmen from the 129th Rescue Wing departed on two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft for a 40-day deployment to Djibouti, Africa, April 21, 2009. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Sagar Pathak, www.horizontalrain.com)

Colonel Mark Sheehy, 129th Operations Group commander, interviews with a local television news reporter before his deployment to the Horn of Africa. Thirty Airmen from the 129th Rescue Wing departed on two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft for a 40-day deployment to Djibouti, Africa, April 21, 2009. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Sagar Pathak, www.horizontalrain.com)

An MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft carrying Airmen from the 129th Rescue Wing takes off from Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., for a deployment to the Horn of Africa. Thirty Airmen from the 129th Rescue Wing departed on two MC-130P aircraft for a 40-day deployment to Djibouti, Africa, April 21, 2009. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Sagar Pathak, www.horizontalrain.com)

An MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft carrying Airmen from the 129th Rescue Wing takes off from Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., for a deployment to the Horn of Africa. Thirty Airmen from the 129th Rescue Wing departed on two MC-130P aircraft for a 40-day deployment to Djibouti, Africa, April 21, 2009. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Sagar Pathak, www.horizontalrain.com)