Charlotte's 145th Airlift Wing took off for Arizona on Sunday to help extinguish a deadly wildfire that continues to burn there.
Last week, 19 firefighters were killed on the ground and on Sunday, a processional led their bodies from the coroner's office in Phoenix back to where they lived in the Arizona mountains.
The 145th heads to Arizona now, knowing the pain of losing four of its own last summer.
Leaders said the work is dangerous, but their mission remains clear.
"To come home and your home is burnt to the ground, and you have lost everything is devastating. So we continue to fly this mission and do it well to ensure the least amount of damage can be done by these wildfires," said Master Sgt. Jermaine Parker.
The latest mission of the wing is in Arizona, where their specially-equipped firefighting c-130s will be used to help bring the wildfire under control.
The fire officials believe it was sparked by lightning and has burned more than 8,000 acres and claimed the lives of a team of 19 elite firefighters including Ashe County native Eric Marsh.
Sadly it is a loss members of the 145th know too well.
Last July, four members of the unit died after their plane crashed while fighting wildfires in South Dakota.
"We were just out in South Dakota to memorialize them at the crash site, so to get back out in the fight is significant to us. To me personally, it is an emotional event," said Cmdr. Roger Williams.
Williams said the best way to honor all the lives lost doing this dangerous work is to keep going until the job is done.
"They were doing the mission they wanted to do and we were continuing that," said Williams.
Right now, the Arizona wildfire is 90 percent contained.
Officials hope it will be completely under control by the end of the week.