The Air Force this week put a spotlight on how C17-Globemasters flying out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord are helping build up forces in Afghanistan in a profile on a loadmaster who delivered some of the first M1 Abrams tanks to the battlefield.
This piece highlights a busy year for airmen in Lewis-McChord’s 62nd Airlift Wing, from delivering humanitarian supplies to Haiti to hauling beans and bullets to the front lines in Afghanistan.
Landlocked Afghanistan presents different challenges for the Pentagon in delivering heavy equipment to the field. In Iraq, equipment could be shipped by sea to Kuwait and driven or flown for the rest of the journey. Wheels aren’t an option for Afghanistan, meaning big equipment like tanks and the Strykers tend to come by way of a C-17.