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April 30, 2011 at 6:22am

McChord's 10th AS deploys for overseas contingency operations

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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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