A C-130J Super Hercules deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, for the first time under the banner of the newly minted 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron earlier this year. The 75th EAS replaces the 52nd EAS as Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa’s designated airlift support, according to a CJTF-HOA release. “We support medical evacuations, disaster relief, humanitarian and airdrop operations into fields that a lot of other aircraft can’t normally go,” said 75th EAS Commander Maj. Seth Schwesinger, who is deployed from Dyess AFB, Texas. The C-130 and airmen from Dyess’ 317th Airlift Group inaugurated the new provisional designation when an Air Force Reserve Command C-130 from Peterson AFB, Colo., handed over the rotation on May 28. “Since arriving in May we have carried over 1,000,000 pounds [of cargo] with a single aircraft,” Schwesinger told Air Force Magazine, July 10. A C-130J from Little Rock AFB, Ark., will likely relieve Dyess in September, assuming Lemonnier’s 75th EAS mantle, he said.
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.