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McChord team escorts Clinton on unannounced trip to Libya

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Oct. 19, 2011 at 11:56 am with 2 Comments »
October 19, 2011 11:56 am
AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walks from her C-17 military transport upon her arrival in Tripoli, Libya on Tuesday.

Here’s a nice shot of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Air Force crew delivering Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Tripoli this week.

Clinton visited the country to offer assistance from the Obama administration and to encourage its new leaders to commit to democracy.

The C-17 Globemaster III behind her shows it belongs to McChord Air Field’s 62nd Airlift Wing.

Capt. Allison Kojack, a spokeswoman for the 62nd, confirmed that the crew included airmen from her unit and McChord’s 446th Reserve Airlift Wing.


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  1. Adam_Ashton says:

    No need to rewrite. Air Force spokesman Master Sgt. Jake Chappelle connected with one of the airmen from the Libya flight. The following is Chapelle’s report:

    It was originally planned as a ‘routine’ airlift mission. But a Reserve aircrew, with an active duty crew member, ended up carrying precious cargo on a C-17 Globemaster III to Tripoli, Libya earlier this week.

    A seven-person aircrew, six Reservists and one active duty pilot here had the task of giving U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton her second ride ever on a C-17.

    “It’s an honor to transport someone like that,” said Lt. Col. Scott Ryan, 97th Airlift Squadron instructor pilot and aircraft commander for the mission. “What makes it better is when you’re doing it to help foster a relationship with the new transitional government in Libya.”

    According to an article by the Everett Herald, Clinton visited Libya to pledge millions of dollars in new aid, to include medical care for wounded fighters and additional assistance to secure weaponry to make sure it wouldn’t fall into terrorist hands.

    “Originally, we were tasked with a different mission,” said Ryan, who is a Seattle resident. “The mission changed Friday and we found out we would be transporting (Hillary Clinton) until we got our briefing Sunday.”

    The crew stopped briefly at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., to pick up supplies before the C-17 embarked to pick up the secretary and are en route to come home tonight.

    According to Ryan, who is also a first officer with Delta Airlines, this is the first time a C-17 has landed in Libya since Operation Unified Protector began.

  2. Adam_Ashton says:

    Even cooler, check out this video that shows how the C-17 was fitted for a VIP:

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