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Congresswoman Granger speaks to military audience.

Congresswoman Kay Granger, District 12 Representitive, speak to Texas Citizen Airmen after they received their first C-130J at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, on July 24, 2021 during a Welcoming Reception. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Congresswoman Granger speaks to military audience.

Congresswoman Kay Granger, District 12 Representitive, speak to Texas Citizen Airmen after they received their first C-130J at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, on July 24, 2021 during a Welcoming Reception. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Citizen Airmen stand in formation.

Texas Citizen Airmen stand in formation as the 136th Airlift Wing celebrates the first C-130J arrival to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, on July 24, 2021 with a Welcoming Reception. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

C-130J serves as backdrop for Welcoming Reception.

Texas Citizen Airmen celebrate the first C-130J arrival to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, on July 24, 2021 with a Welcoming Reception. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Sheet cake for C-130J Welcoming Reception

Texas Citizen Airmen celebrate the first C-130J arrival to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, on July 24, 2021 with a Welcoming Reception. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

TAG of Texas speaks to military audience.

Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris, The Adjutant General of Texas, speaks to Texas Citizen Airmen during a ceremomy to celebrate the first C-130J arrival to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, on July 24, 2021 with a Welcoming Reception. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Congresswoman Granger thanks a Citizen Airman for his service.

Texas Air National Guardsman Senior Master Sgt. Lyle Eckmann, 136th Maintenance Squadron, receives a hand-delivered thank you letter from Congresswoman Kay Granger, District 12 Representative, following a ceremony for the first C-130J to arrive at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, on July 24, 2021. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Congresswoman Granger speaks with a Citizen Airman.

Texas Air National Guardsman Senior Master Sgt. Lyle Eckmann, 136th Maintenance Squadron, receives a hand-delivered thank you letter from Congresswoman Kay Granger, District 12 Representative, following a ceremony for the first C-130J to arrive at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, on July 24, 2021. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Congresswoman Granger speak with Citizen Airmen.

Numerous 136th Airlift Wing Texas Air National Guardsmen receives a personal thank you from Congresswoman Kay Granger, District 12 Representative, following a ceremony for the first C-130J to arrive at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, on July 24, 2021. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Citizen Airmen poise for a photo with Congresswoman Granger.
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Nearly a dozen 136th Maintenance Squadron Texas Air National Guardsman pose for a photo with Congresswoman Kay Granger, District 12 Representative, after she personally thanked them for their service following a ceremony for the first C-130J to arrive at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, on July 24, 2021. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Congresswoman Granger poses with 136th Airlift Wing commander in C-130J door.
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(l ro r) Col Keith Williams, 136th Airlift Wing commander, and Congresswoman Kay Granger, District 12 Representative, pause for a commemoritive photo with the first C-130J to arrive at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, on July 24, 2021 during a Welcoming Reception. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

People enter C-130J doorway.
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Congresswoman Kay Granger enters the first C-130J that arrived at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, on July 24, 2021 during a Welcoming Reception. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Congresswoman Granger sits in C-130J pilot seat.
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Congresswoman Kay Granger gets a hands-on tour of the flight deck inside the first C-130J tp arrive at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, on July 24, 2021 during a Welcoming Reception. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Congresswoman Granger thank C-130J air crew.
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The aircrew who delivered the first C-130J arrival to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, on July 24, 2021 celebrate with Congresswoman Kay Granger, District 12 Representative, during a Welcoming Reception. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Two people ready to cut a cake
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(center r to l) Col. Keith Williams, 136th Airlit Wing commander, and Congresswoman Kay Granger, District 12 Reprresentitive, celebrate with a cake cutting as the first C-130J arrivals at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, on July 24, 2021 with a Welcoming Reception along with 136th Service Airmen in whites and (far right) Maj Gen Tracy Norris, The Adjutant General for Texas and General (ret) Gary North, Lockheed Martin representative. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

two people cut a cake
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(r to l) Col. Keith Williams, 136th Airlit Wing commander, and Congresswoman Kay Granger, District 12 Reprresentitive, celebrate the first C-130J arrivals at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, with a cake cutting on July 24, 2021, Welcoming Reception. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Col Williams cuts a cake with Congresswoman Granger.
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(r to l) Col. Keith Williams, 136th Airlit Wing commander, and Congresswoman Kay Granger, District 12 Reprresentitive, celebrate the first C-130J arrivals at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, with a cake cutting on July 24, 2021, Welcoming Reception. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

Col Williams celebrates with cake cutting.
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(r to l) Col. Keith Williams, 136th Airlit Wing commander, and Congresswoman Kay Granger, District 12 Reprresentitive, celebrate the first C-130J arrivals at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, with a cake cutting on July 24, 2021, Welcoming Reception. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

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(l to r) Maj. Gen. Tom Suzeler, Deputy Adjuntant General - Air, Congresswoman Kay Granger, District 12 Representitive, and Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris, The Adjutant General of Texas capture a moment after celebrating after a Welcoming Reception to commemorate the first C-130J arrival to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, on July 24, 2021. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

People stand and talk near a C-130J.
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(l to r) Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris, The Adjutant General of Texas, Maj. Gen. Tom Suzeler, Deputy Adjuntant General - Air, and Congresswoman Kay Granger, District 12 Representitive, take a break following the Welcoming Reception to commemorate the first C-130J arrival to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, on July 24, 2021. This aircraft, Tail #75900, was ceremoniously named, "The Kay Granger" after Congresswoman Kay Granger who was a key player in getting the start-of-the-art airframe to the Texas Air National Guard here. (Air National Guard photo by Julie Briden-Garcia)

NAVAL AIR STATION JOINT RESERVE BASE FORT WORTH, Texas --

The 136th Airlift Wing Texas Air National Guard, part of the Texas Military Department, received its first of eight C-130J Super Hercules aircraft on July 24, 2021, at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas. During a Welcoming Reception, the aircraft was dedicated to Congresswoman Kay Granger and officially named, “The Kay Granger.”

In her January e-newsletter, Congresswoman Granger, also a former Mayor of Fort Worth, commented on how proud she was that the wing was chosen to the new upgrade. “The Air Force’s decision comes after years of competition and evaluation of dozens of military bases,” Granger said. “Following my visit to the base earlier this year and seeing firsthand how the Texas Air National Guard and Texas Military Department were prepared to utilize these cutting-edge aircraft, I knew the 136th was the right choice.”

For the past four decades, the wing has flown a version of the C-130 Hercules. Ever since its 1978 conversion to Hercs, it’s been the wing’s mission to move the people, equipment, and materiel it takes to fight a war. This J-model airframe upgrade further enables that mission and aligns the wing to the National Guard Bureau objective – to continue to modernize equipment, systems and processes to remain deployable, sustainable, and interoperable.

The C-130J is the latest addition to the C-130 fleet and has replaced aging C-130Es and some of the high time C-130Hs. The C-130J incorporates state-of-the-art technology, which reduces manpower requirements, lowers operating and support costs, and provides life-cycle cost savings over earlier C-130 models. This tactical transport aircraft has proven itself in various types of missions, and in the harshest operating conditions, due in part to its uniquely adaptable platform available in approximately a dozen different configurations.

During his opening comments, General (ret) Gary North, Vice President Customer Requirements Lockheed Martin Aeronautics said, “I’ve seen a lot of C-130s in my lifetime and the C-130J is the most advanced Hercules ever designed, produced, flown, and supported. The Hercules has always been a steady resource … ready for any task.”

The ceremony’s distinguished visitor list included the guest of honor Congresswoman Kay Granger, 12th District Representative and Lead Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, as well as Maj Gen Tracy Norris, The Adjutant General of Texas, Gen. (ret) North, Maj. Gen. Tom Suelzer, Deputy Adjutant General – Air, and recently retired Maj. Gen. Dawn Farrell.

As a National Guard unit, the 136th Airlift Wing has a dual role of serving the State of Texas under the command of the Governor during peace time and state emergencies, and becoming part of the active duty forces under the command of the President during wartime or other local or national emergencies. As Col. Keith Williams, 136AW commander, explains the wing’s mission is to provide highly trained, equipped and motivated military forces for worldwide combat and peacetime tasking supporting Texas and the Nation.

“This C-130J aircraft will allow the 136th Airlift Wing to continue the mission of tactical airlift, but with greater capability,” said Williams. “We will be able to fly faster and with more payload. Its performance is measurably greater in hotter temperatures and higher density altitudes. It is the aircraft that this wing will fly for the next several decades. Representative Granger, I promise you that we will operate and maintain these aircraft to our utmost ability endeavoring to make you and the citizens of Texas proud.”

Close to home and around the world … the 136th Airlift Wing Texas Air National Guard will continue to support Texans and their communities with the mighty Super Hercules by being … always ready, always there!