JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The 10th Airlift Squadron is scheduled to deploy July 28 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. More than 70 Airmen from the 62nd Airlift Wing’s 10th AS will depart for a 60-day deployment to the Middle East. They will be accompanied by Airmen from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The Airmen will take over operations of the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron.
The unit will operate out of two bases, managing and flying missions concentrated in and around Southwest Asia. They are replacing the 7th AS, which is scheduled to return in early August.
The mission of the 817th EAS is 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 62nd AW’s four active duty flying squadrons share responsibility for the deployed squadron and rotate operating the 817th EAS continuously. The deployments allow Air Mobility Command to consistently position assets closer to the action.