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McChord airmen on their way to Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Sep. 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
September 27, 2012 1:15 pm

Another wave of Joint Base Lewis-McChord airmen left the South Sound this week for a two-month deployment in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.

The 7th Airlift Squadron of Lewis-McChord’s 62nd Airlift Wing departed with about 65 airmen.

Here’s the list of named military operations they’ll be supporting from two forward bases with their C-17 Globemaster III cargo jets: Operations Enduring Freedom, New Dawn, Odyssey Dawn and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

Translation: Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Libya and a number of African nations.

“It is an honor for the 7th Airlift Squadron to be asked once more to forward deploy to support and sustain OEF forces,” said Lt. Col. William Mickley, commander of the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron.

“It makes my heart swell to see how enthusiastic this group of Airmen is to move-out and contribute to meeting today’s challenges head-on.  I’m extremely proud to be a part of this great team, and even more so, humbled to be leading them,” he said in a written news release.

The deploying airmen are replacing Lewis-McChord’s 4th Airlift Squadron, which is due home next month.

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