Family members gathered at McChord Air Field on Monday to welcome home more than 90 active-duty airmen from a 75-day deployment in support of the war in Afghanistan.
The airmen from the 8th Airlift Squadron transported equipment and evacuated wounded service members during their assignment. They deployed as the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. It was the squadron’s second deployment in less than a year.
“Our men and women delivered first class service to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines either on their way into Afghanistan or during their redeployment to home station,” said Lt. Col. Harmon Lewis, the squadron’s commander.
The C-17 squadron flew 635 sorties during their deployment. They transported more than 45,500 passengers, delivered more than 19 million pounds of equipment, dropped more than 600 pallets of supplies to remote outposts in Afghanistan and provided five emergency medical transports of wounded service members.
The 8th Airlift Squadron is one of four active-duty squadrons — the others are the 4th, 7th and 10th — based at McChord that operate the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron on a rotating basis. The 4th Airlift Squadron is currently overseas and is expected back home in mid-October.
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