C-130s Drop Supplies to Outpost

A C-130 crew with the 772nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron successfully delivered 18,000 pounds of fuel via precision airdrop to soldiers at Combat Outpost Herrera in Afghanistan, enough to supply the difficult-to-access base through the upcoming winter, according to Air Forces Central officials. The Kandahar Airfield-based aircrew made use of the Joint Precision Airdrop System to guide the parachute bundles down accurately to the Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen at the COP from an altitude of 17,000 feet—high above the reach of enemy ground fire—during the Nov. 27 mission. The base sits at 8,700 feet above sea level and is surrounded by mountains and trees. With colder weather and snowfall, convoys become more dangerous and less reliable to supply the base. “Utilizing airdrops with the GPS-guided parachutes allows us that avenue to use in case we can’t get resupplied by helicopters or vehicles by the road,” said Army SSgt. Denton Poe of COP Herrera’s 1st Platoon. (Kandahar report by SSgt. David Salanitri)