JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – More than 130 Airmen from the McChord Field are due to return Thursday to Joint Base Lewis-McChord after a 120-day deployment in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, New Dawn, Odyssey Dawn and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.
During their deployment, the C-17 squadron moved more than 33,984 passengers and delivered more than 81 million pounds of cargo to include 9,635 bundles with a combined weight of more than 15 million pounds on 280 drop zones. The Airmen, comprised mostly from the 7th Airlift Squadron, were deployed as the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. Their mission was to provide global strategic airlift, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation and humanitarian relief, to create an air bridge for personnel, equipment and supplies throughout the assigned areas of responsibility.
The 62 Airlift Wing’s four active duty flying squadrons share responsibility for the deployed squadron and rotate operating the 816 EAS continuously. The deployments allow Air Mobility Command to consistently position assets closer to the action.