Northwest Military Blogs: McChord Flightline Chatter

May 3, 2011 at 4:48am

More on the deployment of the 10th Airlift

The 10th Airlift Squadron takes a squadron photo as they prepare to deploy April 20 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The 10th AS will soon replace the 7th AS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Leah Young)

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An airlift squadron from McChord Field deployed Thursday in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

More than 100 Airmen from the 62nd Airlift Wing's 10th Airlift Squadron departed for a 120-day deployment to the Middle East. The Airmen will take over operations of the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron.

The unit will operate out of a single base, managing and flying missions concentrated in and around Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. They are replacing McChord's 7th Airlift Squadron who are scheduled to return in May.

Their mission 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.

"It's always hard leaving behind your loved ones, but our Airmen are motivated and committed to the mission," said Col. Kevin Kilb, 62nd Airlift Wing commander. "They are prepared, professional, and looking forward to supporting their fellow combat warriors."

The 62 AW'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.

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