LOCKPORT, N.Y. -- While 100 members of the 914th Air Fore Service Airlift Wing were greeted with smiles and hugs Sunday, their homecoming also came with some sadness.
It was the last homecoming three of the unit's C-130 Hercules aircraft would ever see after more than 40 years with the unit.
Families and friends waited to greet members of the unit who arrived with the C-130 cargo planes at the Niagara Falls airbase Sunday after they spent four months supporting US special forces and others involved in the military efforts against ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq.
The unit is preparing for a transition next year to new mission flying KC-135 aerial refueling planes.
"The C-130s have served this unit well," said 914 AW Commander, Col. Brian Bowman. "As we await the many changes and innovations that will affect this installation in the future, it's important for us to reflect on this occasion and congratulate our heroes on a job well done."