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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein (left) meets Callie, the only search-and-rescue dog in the Department of Defense, and her handler, Master Sgt. Rudy Parsons, a pararescueman in the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, during a tour of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. Goldfein toured various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein (left) meets Callie, the only search-and-rescue dog in the Department of Defense, and her handler, Master Sgt. Rudy Parsons, a pararescueman in the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, during a tour of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. Goldfein toured various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein greets Master Sgt. Matthew Wilt, a 123rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight Airman, during a tour of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. In addition to C-130 airlift and EOD, the base is home to a special tactics squadron and the only contingency response group in the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein greets Master Sgt. Matthew Wilt, a 123rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight Airman, during a tour of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. In addition to C-130 airlift and EOD, the base is home to a special tactics squadron and the only contingency response group in the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein greets Airmen as he tours the Kentucky Air National Guard base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. During his visit, Goldfein saw various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein greets Airmen as he tours the Kentucky Air National Guard base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. During his visit, Goldfein saw various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Senior Master Sgt. John Wardrip (left), propulsion element supervisor for the 123rd Maintenance Group, speaks with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein during a tour of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. Goldfein visited various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Senior Master Sgt. John Wardrip (left), propulsion element supervisor for the 123rd Maintenance Group, speaks with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein during a tour of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. Goldfein visited various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein (right), meets Callie, the only search-and-rescue dog in the Department of Defense, and her handler, Master Sgt. Rudy Parsons, a pararescueman in the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, during a tour of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. Goldfein toured various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein (right), meets Callie, the only search-and-rescue dog in the Department of Defense, and her handler, Master Sgt. Rudy Parsons, a pararescueman in the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, during a tour of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. Goldfein toured various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein (left) greets Chief Master Sgt. Shane Lagrone, 123rd Airlift Wing command chief, upon arrival at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. Goldfein toured various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein (left) greets Chief Master Sgt. Shane Lagrone, 123rd Airlift Wing command chief, upon arrival at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. Goldfein toured various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks with Airmen as he tours the Kentucky Air National Guard base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. During his visit, Goldfein saw various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks with Airmen as he tours the Kentucky Air National Guard base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. During his visit, Goldfein saw various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks with Airmen as he tours the Kentucky Air National Guard base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. During his visit, Goldfein saw various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks with Airmen as he tours the Kentucky Air National Guard base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. During his visit, Goldfein saw various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein (left) meets Callie, the only search-and-rescue dog in the Department of Defense, and her handler, Master Sgt. Rudy Parsons, a pararescueman in the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, during a tour of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. Goldfein toured various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein (left) meets Callie, the only search-and-rescue dog in the Department of Defense, and her handler, Master Sgt. Rudy Parsons, a pararescueman in the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, during a tour of the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. Goldfein toured various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein learns about the unique mission capabilities of the 123rd Airlift Wing during a visit to the Kentucky Air National Guard base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. The wing is home to a special tactics squadron and the only contingency response group in the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein learns about the unique mission capabilities of the 123rd Airlift Wing during a visit to the Kentucky Air National Guard base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. The wing is home to a special tactics squadron and the only contingency response group in the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks with Airmen as he tours the Kentucky Air National Guard base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. During his visit, Goldfein saw various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks with Airmen as he tours the Kentucky Air National Guard base in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 10, 2019. During his visit, Goldfein saw various work centers, learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein toured the Kentucky Air National Guard Base here Saturday, meeting with Airmen and learning about the unique mission sets of the 123rd Airlift Wing.

In addition to providing tactical C-130 airlift and aircraft maintenance, the wing is home to the only contingency response group in the Air National Guard; a special tactics squadron with combat control, pararescue and special reconnaissance Airmen; two Critical Care Air Transport Teams; an Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight; a fatality search and recovery team; and a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package.

Goldfein was on base to present the Distinguished Flying Cross to a Kentucky Air Guard pilot whose decisive action during a 2016 training flight lead to the successful recovery of a C-130 aircraft following a catastrophic mechanical failure. Lt. Col. John “J.T.” Hourigan’s expert airmanship saved the lives of six crew members and a $30 million aircraft.