Members of the 772nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, established a new record for the unit by completing 51 airdrop missions during January. This mark shattered the C-130J unit’s previous monthly high of 40 airdrops. “It feels good to be setting records, but what you’ll find with most of the guys here is that it doesn’t matter if you break a record. It matters that you complete the mission and get the supplies where they need to go so we can help those guys on the ground,” said Lt. Col. Walt Ord, 772nd EAS aircraft commander. Airmen assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock AFB, Ark., and the 345th AS and Air Force Reserve Command’s 815th AS, both at Keesler AFB, Miss., currently constitute this expeditionary unit. (Kandahar report by SrA Melissa B. White)
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.