MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – Approximately 100 Airmen from the 10th Airlift Squadron departed Sunday for a 120-day deployment in support of Overseas Contingency Operations.
The 10th AS Airmen deploy as the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron to various locations throughout Europe, Southwest Asia and the Middle East. They replace the 7th AS, which is scheduled to return during the Independence Day holiday weekend.
“We’ve been training and preparing for this deployment for over a year. We have honed our skills and sharpened our focus to conduct full-spectrum combat employment of our weapon system,” said Lt. Col. James Shigekane, 10th AS commander. “This is a true team effort and we’re proud and excited to execute our mission.”
The base’s four active duty flying squadrons share responsibility for the deployed squadron.
“We’re stepping into the hottest months of the year and a time when some of the largest amount of cargo needs to be moved,” said Capt. Jeff Banker, 10th AS detachment commander. “It’s going to be a really busy time for us but we’re ready to go do our job and do it well.”