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JBLM welcomes home one airlift squadron as it waves goodbye to another

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Feb. 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm with No Comments »
February 27, 2012 5:20 pm
Staff Sgt. Ricardo Sanchez spends time with his wife last week before deploying to the Middle East with the 10th Airlift Squadron from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Leah Young)

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 62nd Airlift Wing is welcoming home one squadron of airmen on the heels of an announcement of a new deployment last week for another Air Force unit.

On Thursday, the wing’s 7th Airlift Squadron is due to come home from its 60-day deployment supporting the war in Afghanistan, operations in Libya and U.S. forces deployed in Kuwait and in African nations.

During its deployment, the C-17 squadron flew 707 sorties, moved more than 41,579 passengers and delivered more than 22.9 million pounds of combat sustainment cargo to U.S. forces. While deployed, the airmen serve under the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron.

“It was an honor for us to serve as the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron
in this critical time of Operation Enduring Freedom,” said Lt. Col. Eric
Carney, who led the McChord airmen.

Meanwhile, McChord last week said goodbye to 90 airmen from its 10th Airlift Squadron. They’re expected to serve a 75-day deployment where they’ll replace the McChord airmen who are returning this week as they work from two bases to support U.S. forces in and around Afghanistan, Iraq and east Africa.

The 62nd Airlift Wing has four airlift squadrons that deploy regularly to support military operations in the Middle East and Africa.

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