More than 130 Airmen from McChord’s 8th Airlift Squadron will be greeted at McChord AFB by their family and friends Monday evening after a 120-day deployment to the war zone in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
The Airmen were deployed as the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron at various locations throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility and Europe.
While deployed, the squadron executed more than 2,850 sorties, racking up 5,600 flight hours, and moved more than 39,000 passengers and 49,000 tons of cargo. The 8th AS also flew multiple aeromedical evacuation missions, safely whisking wounded warriors from the frontlines to advanced care facilities.
The 8th AS also flew three combat airdrop missions in Afghanistan providing life-sustaining supplies to coalition forces battling the Taliban. Airdrop missions not only drop supplies with pinpoint accuracy, they save countless lives by eliminating dangerous convoy re-supply missions.
“I am extremely proud of the combat airlifters of the mighty 8th Airlift Squadron, said Lt. Col. Al Miller, 8th AS Operations Officer. “The accomplishments of these outstanding Airmen flying combat missions in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom are a result of their superior attitudes, dedication and exceptional professionalism.”
McChord is in the midst of a heavy deployment cycle with more 800 Airmen from nearly every career field currently deployed supporting both war and humanitarian missions.