About 120 members of McChord Air Force Base’s 10th Airlift Squadron return tomorrow from a four-month deployment to the Middle East.
The airmen flew 3,400 missions in their C-17 Globemaster III cargo jets, totaling more than 8,100 hours in the air from Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, and Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait. They moved more than 150,000 passengers and 117 million pounds of cargo to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The squadron also transported 76 critical patients to Germany, performed 144 combat airdrop missions and delivered 3,500 bundles of material to remote forward operating bases in Afghanistan.
The airdrops helped reduce the need for supply convoys, which often become targets of roadside bombs.