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Lewis-McChord airmen delivering French troops and cargo to Mali for fight against al Qaeda group

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Feb. 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
February 15, 2013 5:20 pm
French soldiers leave a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III in Bamako, Mali, Jan. 23.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman James Richardson)
French soldiers leave a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III in Bamako, Mali, Jan. 23. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman James Richardson)

Air Force crews from Joint Base Lewis-McChord have been delivering troops and supplies to Mali for the past three weeks in support of an international mission against a North African al Qaeda affiliate.

The Air Force today announced the C-17 teams from Lewis-McChord and Dover Air Force Base hit a milestone in delivering 2 million pounds of cargo for Malian and French forces. They’re flying out Istres, France.

“The best part of this mission is being able to take part in something important and being able to say, ‘I was there. I helped make that happen,’” Airman 1st Class Evan Rosenboom of Lewis-McChord 62nd Operations Support Squadron told an Air Force writer.

American forces have not joined the Malian and French effort against North African jihadist forces in a combat role.

“This has truly been a great opportunity to support our allies,” said Maj. Joshua Pieper of the 62nd Airlift Wing.

U.S. airmen load a C-17 Globemaster III in Istres, France. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman James Richardson)
U.S. airmen load a C-17 Globemaster III in Istres, France. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman James Richardson)

 

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