The 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron has been delivering about one million pounds of cargo a day to Iraq and Afghanistan. SrA. Erik Hofmeyer reports that the aircrews, nearing the end of their four-month rotation, have flown 3,578 sorties, hauling 120.8 million pounds of cargo and 111,549 passengers. In addition to airlift and airdrop of personnel and supplies, the C-17s have made possible 26 aeromedical evacuations.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.