Posts Tagged ‘Charleston South Carolina’

Charleston AFB Vital in MRAP Deployments to Combat Zones

October 31, 2008

A United States Air Force C-17 Globemaster III airlifter banks above the Arthur Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River in Charleston, South Carolina. The C-17 is assigned to Charleston Air Force Base. Find this beautiful image as a poster, framed print, or 2009 calendar at The PatriArt Gallery.

Charleston Air Force Base officials began shipping M1117 armored security vehicles for the Army on board C-17 Globemaster IIIs Oct. 24 here.

Charleston AFB members received 82 ASVs in October and will continue shipping the vehicle as part of a surge to supply the increased manpower of the Army military police corps supporting peacekeeping operations. 

The ASV is an armored, four-wheel-drive vehicle that provides ballistic protection to warfighters who are using them against various threats and is designed to provide them security and safety required in the area of responsibility. 

“The ASV is a one-of-a-kind vehicle,” said Robert St. George, Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command Material Fielding Team ASV fielding site manager. “The Army has been using these vehicles for a few years now and other Air Force bases have helped ship them all over the world.”

The vehicle also has a turret which can traverse 360 degrees and includes an armament system designed to meet the security mission requirements of the Soldiers. The ASV is equipped with all-wheel independent suspension which provides forces mobility, agility and handling.

“A lot of guys I talked to went through a few … improvised explosive devices and .50 caliber rounds and did very well with (the ASV) and of course there’s damage, but the cargo is safe. So the main objective of this vehicle is the cargo. We can replace the vehicle but we can’t replace the cargo — the main objective is to keep the troops safe inside,” said Craig Louque, Textron Marine and Land Systems field service representative for the manufacturers. 

“This is the first load we’re sending out, so we’ve prepared them to be loaded up and shipped out,” said Senior Airman Ashley Kelly, a 437th APS aerial port expeditor. “My favorite part about getting vehicles like this ready is being able to drive them. I love driving them because how many people can honestly say they’ve driven an up-armored vehicle?”
Melissa White (AFNS)

Pelicans Roost — Charleston Airmen Return Home from Iraq

September 10, 2008
C-17 Globemaster III

C-17 Globemaster III

The C-17 Globemaster III guarantees America’s global military and humanitarian reach. Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., home to the US Air Force’s first C-17 wing, is America’s gateway to the world. Find this same C-17 on a poster, framed print, or 12-month calendar at The PatriArt Gallery.

 

 

More than 125 Airmen from the 14th Airlift Squadron returned home Sept. 3 after being deployed more than four months to Southwest Asia supporting Operation’s Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

While deployed, the 14th AS “Pelicans” flew more than three thousand missions with nearly four thousand hours of flying time. They moved more than 108 million pounds of cargo and airlifted more than 70 thousand passengers.

The 14th AS also completed 25 successful airdrop missions over 41 drop zones totaling more than one million pounds of ammunition, food and water U.S. and Coalition troops in need of supplies.

Additionally, Pelican crews transported more than a thousand Georgians and moved more than 130,000 pounds of cargo to Tbilisi in assistance to the Republic of Georgia for their recent crisis.

Capt. Steven Brown, a pilot from the 14th AS said it was fulfilling to employ all his pilot training by flying combat missions, especially since this was his first deployment.

“At the end of the day I really had a sense of accomplishment knowing our C-17s were bringing essential supplies to the front lines and helping the troops on the ground,” said Captain Brown. “It was tough to be away from loved ones for four months, but the sense of pride I had after delivering food, water or ammo to the war or evacuating injured soldiers made it easier.”

Airman 1st Class Thomas Benson, an intelligence analyst assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, said that this deployment provided him valuable experience. 

“The 14th Airlift Squadron has so much experience and personality that it would have been impossible to have walked away without a better understanding of the operational world and the people in it,” said Airman Benson, “Looking back on this experience one will easily see that exceptional leadership, excellent people, and extra ordinary skill, were the key elements leading to the successes of this squadron.”

Lt. Col. Norman Czubaj , 816th EAS and 14th AS commander said the deployment has been a truly humbling experience for him, as he watched talented Airmen perform each mission with excellence.

“It has been a blessing to lead the 14th AS and our operations support section folks as the commander of the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron,” he said. “None of it would be possible without the loving support of our families back home … the silent heroes and warriors.”

Paul Kilgallon