78 ARS and 732 AS conduct Volusia Expo fly-over

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  • By SrA Ruben Rios
  • 514th Air Mobility Wing

Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 78th Air Refueling Squadron and the 732nd Airlift Squadron, both with the 514th Air Mobility Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. conducted a fly-over for the 15th Annual Volusia Expo at University High School in Orange City, Fla., Jan. 29, 2021.

Every year the University High School in Orange City hosts the Volusia Expo in an effort to afford the students an opportunity of exposure to the different branches of the military.

Ret. Lt. Col. Sam Irvin, a former commander of the 732 AS and current United Airlines pilot, helped coordinate the event this year by serving as the liaison between air traffic control, the air crews, and the even coordinator.

Flying squadrons from multiple U.S. Air Force Reserve units participated in the fly-over, showing the Air Force Reserve’s Air Power capabilities.

All 2700 students were able to see at least one of the fly-overs, while still maintaining strict Covid-19 guidelines and social distancing, due to the various squadrons performing their fly-overs at different times.

“People are really happy with the event,” said Irvin. “I even heard a Marine say ‘the Air Force is killing it today!’”

In addition to the various military vehicles and aircraft from all branches of the military, the students were able to see specialized rigs and even helicopters from local emergency service and law enforcement agencies.