MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — McChord’s 4th Airlift Squadrons flew missions aiding in the redeployment of approximately 2,000 Georgian troops from Iraq to Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, on Sunday and Monday after the Georgian government asked the United States for assistance.
The redeployment operation spanned slightly more than 24 hours.
The 4th AS Airmen deployed as the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron in June.
McChord’s four active duty flying squadrons share responsibility for manning the deployed squadron in rotation. The 817th EAS, headquartered at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, is responsible for scheduling, planning and executing C-17 missions into the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility including Iraq and Afghanistan.
“These missions highlight the strategic importance of the C-17 and the unique capability of our Air Force,” said Col. Michael Hornitschek, 62nd Airlift Wing vice commander. “This particular mission is a testament to our flexibility and ability to rapidly deploy combat airlift capability whenever and wherever it’s needed. I am extremely proud of the exceptional accomplishments of the Airmen of the 4th Airlift Squadron and the deployed Team McChord Airmen supporting them.”
Mobility Airmen will deliver medical supplies in two C-17s today and Thursday, providing humanitarian assistance to Georgians in need. Mobility forces are postured for continued humanitarian efforts, AMC planners said today.
“We have crews engaged to deliver supplies to those in need, and others on standby, ready to go at a moment’s notice if called upon to go in and provide relief,” said Gen. Arthur Lichte, commander of Air Mobility Command, in a recent press release.