Members of Air Force Reserve Command’s 512th Airlift Wing at Dover AFB, Del., are nearing the end of a huge overseas effort. They have been deployed since June 17 to Rota, Spain, along with two of Dover’s new C-5M transports and two of its C-5Bs. The unit has been delivering helicopters to various locations in Afghanistan, including Bagram and Kandahar air fields. The choppers are being supplied to the Army’s 4th Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Hood, Tex. The Army brigade is scheduled to arrive in Afghanistan later this month as part of the ongoing US troop surge there. The Dover airmen’s final mission on this tour is slated for July 17, wing spokeswoman Capt. Marnee Losurdo told the Daily Report Tuesday. When done, they will have moved more than 100 Apache, Blackhawk, and Chinook helicopters for their Army brethren. Airmen from Dover’s active duty 9th Airlift Squadron are also helping out on this tour. (Dover report by Capt. Marnee A.C. Losurdo)
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.