McCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – A change in charter aircraft availability in the area of responsibility has delayed a homecoming by 24-hours for more than 150 Airmen from McChord’s 7th Airlift Squadron, now expected to return Tuesday night. The Airmen will be greeted by family and friends here after more than four months deployed in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.
The 7th AS Airmen deployed as the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron flying missions throughout the combat zone and Europe. While deployed, Airmen flew more than 3,200 sorties transporting more than 131,000 passengers and 112 million pounds of cargo to sustain U.S. military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. They also transported 10 critical patients from theater to advanced medical care in Germany on two emergency aeromedical evacuation missions.
The Airmen flew combat airdrop missions delivering more than 1,587 bundles of resupply material to 67 remote forward operating bases in Afghanistan. Combat airdrops improve force protection by eliminating some resupply convoys to forward locations.Print This Post