More than 300 Airmen from five different Air National Guard units completed a week of intensive aircraft maintenance training here Aug. 13-19, honing proficiencies in a joint field environment while avoiding the distractions of home station.

The annual event, called Maintenance University, has become a mainstay in the C-130 community, but this year’s version marked a new era. For the first time, every Air Guard unit that flies the new C-130J Super Hercules aircraft was present — the 123rd Airlift Wing from Kentucky, 130th AW from West Virginia, 136th AW from Texas, the 143rd AW from Rhode Island and the 146th AW from California.

Held at the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Maintenance University featured more than 96 classes on everything from engine and propeller removal to aircraft towing, said Lt. Col. James Campbell, commander of the Louisville, Kentucky-based 123rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

The training allowed citizen-Airmen with over 16 different Air Force Specialty Codes, ranging from crew chiefs to sheet metal to fuel shop specialists, to enhance their C-130J maintenance skills and work with counterparts from other units.