Lebanon’s military needed ammunition quickly, so USAF tapped one of its C-17s in the Southwest Asia Theater to perform a short-notice delivery. The C-17 crew loaded up 180 pallets of munitions at a SWA base and flew into Beirut to deliver the supplies. The 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron flew a total of 10 sorties over a three-day period to ferry more supplies to Lebanon to support its counterterrorism operations, reports Capt. Teresa Sullivan.
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.