The Air Force airdropped a record 3.3 million pounds of supplies into Afghanistan in July, eclipsing June’s total of 3.2 million pounds as the highest monthly total since US military operations began in Afghanistan in late 2001. The 772nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, a C-130J unit operating from Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, delivered more than 276,000 pounds of that total to austere, otherwise hard-to-access locations throughout the country, delivering equipment, ammunition, fuel, food, and water to US and coalition troops. “We’re using airlift to overcome the challenges that the terrain presents,” said Capt. Tucker McEwen, a pilot with the squadron. Capt. Dan Rees, 772nd EAS aircraft commander, added: “People who have absolutely no way of getting a resupply of equipment or even food rely on us and these airdrops.” (Kandahar report by SSgt Stacia Zachary)
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.