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C-17 Aircraft Secures 30,000 Jobs

March 2, 2009

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Defense spending is a major contributor ro economic stimulus — and always has been. The C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft is a case in point.

The Air Force is now on contract to buy 15 more C-17s, bringing the planned inventory up to 205 airplanes. That means the new “last day” of C-17 production, barring further USAF orders, will be in late 2010, according to Jean Chamberlin, Boeing’s vice president for mobility programs.

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The company continues to spend its own money to “preserve an option” for the Air Force to buy more, based on the stated wishes of Congress, Chamberlin said at a Boeing briefing Feb. 17 in Arlington, Va.. Joining the defense-stimulus bandwagon, she said the C-17 is a good jobs program, employing 30,000 people in 43 states, mostly clustered in California, Texas, Missouri, and Connecticut. It puts $8 billion into the national economy and employs 650 supplier companies.

Continued USAF production is essential to keep the airplane attractive for export; 15 a year is the minimum economic quantity, Chamberlin noted. Countries that have expressed interest in buying the C-17, apart from those that have already acquired or ordered (Australia, Britain, Canada, Qatar, and a NATO consortium) include India, Japan, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.

Charleston Airlifters Deploy

January 7, 2009
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More than 140 Airmen from the 16th Airlift Squadron and the 437th Operations Support Squadron deployed to Southwest Asia from Charleston AFB Dec. 29 as part of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

For this deployment, the entire squadron is deploying to a single base where they will fly and manage missions in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan. The 16 AS will take control of the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron from the 15th Airlift Squadron based out of Charleston AFB, who will be returning home next month.

“I am excited,” said Maj. Todd McCoy, 437th Operations Group assistant director of operations. “We have trained for almost a year and are now ready to go out and do the mission.”

The 16 AS will be transporting service members and supplies in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan. They will also fly aeromedical evacuation missions.

This deployment marks the eighth time an entire C-17 squadron will deploy for an operation.

For some Airmen, this will be their first time deploying and leaving loved ones behind. Over the past ninety days they had a pre-deployment checklist to complete and a cluster of classes to take in order to prepare for their deployment.

“I feel well prepared,” said Airman 1st Class Thomas Farmer, 437th Operations Support Squadron. “The classes package the information really well.”
Positive reinforcement throughout the squadron has brought high morale to Airmen getting ready to deploy.

“It is almost overwhelming how supportive people have been from the First Sergeant to the spouses,” said Airman Farmer. “Now we can all get on that plane together and do our job.”

Ian Hochlaender

Southern European Task Force – U.S. Army Africa

December 15, 2008
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C-17 Globemaster III

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‘A team like no other,’ the United States Southern European Task Force (SETAF) is the Army’s premier organization dedicated to achieving positive change in Africa. As the Army component to U.S. Africa Command, SETAF, in concert with national and international partners, conducts sustained security engagement with African land forces to promote peace, stability and security in Africa. As directed, SETAF will deploy as a contingency headquarters in support of crisis response.

Acknowledging the emerging strategic importance of Africa, U.S. Africa Command was formed Oct. 1, 2007. The U.S. Army has worked with the Defense Department to further develop, organize and unify the military capability for U.S. Africa Command. SETAF, stationed in Vicenza, Italy, since 1955, has a long history of operating on the continent and partnering with African nations. For the past 15 years, SETAF has provided crisis response, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance on the African continent.

SETAF is learning, growing and building capacity and capability to meet the requirements needed to coordinate U.S. Army activities in Africa. SETAF will build and strengthen relationships with African army organizations, along with national and international partners to promote a stable and secure Africa.

Specifically, SETAF will continue to refine its operational practices while focusing in four areas: Grow, Partner, Engage and Act. It will lay the foundation for future success while preparing to assume full responsibility for all U.S. Army operations in Africa. SETAF will also become a trusted and reliable partner for African militaries and security institutions, our allies, our U.S. Africa Command teammates, and other U.S. government agencies and international organizations working in Africa. SETAF will collaborate with African partner nations to transform security forces into contributors to peace with the capabilities and capacity required to accomplish the mission in support of lawful authorities.

Amid this transformation, SETAF will sustain and grow its enduring bilateral relationships with Italian military and civil institutions and among the Italian communities where we live. 

Since the 1990’s, SETAF has teamed with African nations as part of its operational focus. SETAF routinely conducted military-to-military training activities in Africa and performed humanitarian relief operations in Africa; Liberia, Rwanda, Uganda, Congo and former Zaire. The transformation to U.S. Army Africa allows SETAF to focus primarily on emerging African nations an
d build the capacity of our African partners, and better enable them to both improve security and prevent conflict.

Air Mobility Command officials set all-time sortie record

December 14, 2008
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Officials from Air Mobility Command’s 618th Tanker Airlift Control Center at Scott AFB set a new record for the number of sorties planned in a 24-hour period in November.

The new mark, set at 1,063 sorties, toppled the previous high of 1,051 set in February of 2008. 

Members of the 618th TACC are the execution arm for global airlift, air refueling and aeromedical evacuation operations. An AMC sortie is a single point-to-point flight by an aircraft under AMC operational control performing a warfighting, exercise, contingency or aeromedical evacuation requirement for the U.S. Transportation Command.

While the record is a significant marker, planning hundreds of missions daily is business as usual for the 618th TACC staff.

“We plan missions, resource the crews and the aircraft, task the missions to the wings and command and control the missions from here,” said Maj. Gen. Mark S. Solo, the 618th TACC commander.

Approximately 80 percent of the planned sorties go into full execution, General Solo said. Weather issues and maintenance can impact aircraft availability, which impacts the ability of the crew to perform the sortie. 

The enemy also gets a vote, he said.

On an average day the center staff plans or monitors about 900 sorties that support a range of requirements from personnel, cargo transport, air-to-air refueling, aeromedial evacuation and training.

“We’re here 24 hours a day, 366 days on a leap year giving our military global reach capability,” the general said. “If a military commander needs an asset or capability and the best route to get it to them is by air, it’s TACC’s job to fulfill that need.”

Members of the 618th TACC planned and coordinated more than 453,000 sorties in support of the war on terrorism, including personnel and cargo transport, air-to-air refueling and aeromedical evacuation missions. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the center’s efforts have moved 7.5 million passengers and 3.2 million tons of cargo, passed 1.1 billion gallons of fuel via air-to-air refueling and performed more than 121,000 patient movements for war on terrorism operations.

If required, the 618th TACC staff’s coordination efforts can seamlessly redirect missions to support humanitarian operations. Following hurricanes Ike and Gustav this summer, 618th TACC-directed sorties delivered 1379 tons of supplies and transported 9,045 residents to safety. Officials from the 618th TACC also made it possible in August to deliver 587 tons in humanitarian relief to residents displaced by fighting in the Republic of Georgia.

“An AMC mission takes off every 90 seconds from locations all around the world,” General Solo said. “Whether it’s evacuating injured troops, delivering supplies to our forces on the ground, performing humanitarian operations or providing air-to-air refueling, the 618th TACC plays a key role in our military’s operations every day.” 

Justin Brockhoff (AFNS)

C-17 Aircrew Training System Goes Into Operation at Dover

December 13, 2008

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Boeing and the U.S. Air Force held a ceremony Dec. 5 to mark delivery of the new C-17 Aircrew Training System (ATS) to Dover Air Force Base (AFB), Del. The ATS began operation on Nov. 21 — more than four months ahead of schedule. It provides training to C-17 Globemaster III airlifter crews from Air Mobility Command and Air Force Reserve Command.

“In the past, aircrews at Dover had to travel to McGuire AFB [N.J.] and the Air National Guard base at Jackson [Miss.] to meet their training requirements,” said Mark McGraw, Boeing vice president for Training Systems and Services. “By delivering this capability to Dover, we are able to save the customer time, money and aircrew availability.”

“It’s great to just walk across the street to do the training. Finally, it feels like we are at a C-17 base,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jess Windsor, Evaluator Loadmaster, 326th Airlift Squadron.

Boeing has developed, operates and supports 10 U.S. C-17 ATS sites and expects to expand to three more within and outside the United States by 2010. With a tradition of successfully delivering C-17 aircrew training to the U.S. Air Force since 1992, Boeing has also become the C-17 training provider of choice for customers from the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.

The key elements in the ATS are the Weapons Systems Trainer (WST) — a highly realistic, full-motion simulator used for pilot training — and the loadmaster station, which is a training device used by loadmaster students to perform preflight operations, operate aircraft systems and practice emergency procedures. The WST in Dover’s ATS is the 20th to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force.

Boeing’s C-17 training contract with the Air Force also includes an option for an additional WST to be delivered to Charleston AFB, S.C. If that option is exercised, it will be the fourth WST Boeing has delivered to Charleston.

“The Charleston WST will be the first Air Force trainer we deliver that has simulated avionics instead of physical aircraft avionics,” said Tracy Mead, C-17 ATS program manager for Boeing. “We plan to upgrade all of the existing WSTs with this technology, which means that we will be able to return the physical avionics to the C-17 aircraft program, allowing it to increase its spares inventory.”

The C-17 ATS provides instruction to more than 1,500 new pilot, co-pilot and loadmaster students each year while maintaining continuation training for more than 8,000 active, reserve and Air National Guard aircrew.

Charleston AFB: Gateway to the World

November 30, 2008

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.

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The 437th Airlift Wing, together with our Reserve associate wing, the 315th Airlift Wing, provides a large part of Air Mobility Command’s Global Reach airlift capability. This rapid, flexible and responsive air mobility promotes stability in regions by keeping America’s capability and character highly visible.

The mission of the 437 AW is to command assigned airlift and supporting units; provide for the airlift of troops and passengers, military equipment, cargo and aeromedical airlift and to participate in operations involving the airland or airdrop of troops, equipment and supplies when required.

Apart from its heavy airdrop commitment and a demanding humanitarian mission, Charleston AFB’s mission requirements range from supporting U.S. Embassies to supplying humanitarian airlift relief to victims of disasters, to airdropping troops into the heart of contingency operations in hostile areas.

Team Charleston’s vision is to provide the premier airlift force for America from the world’s premier base One Family! One Mission! One Fight!

Charleston AFB has 7,509 active duty and Air Reserve Component military and civilian personnel. They include approximately 3,964 active duty, 2,524 reservists, and 1,021 civilians. About 14,079 military retirees make their home in the Charleston area.

Economic impact
Charleston AFB’s economic impact on the local communities in fiscal year 2005 was more than $740.5 million. The FY 05 payroll was $261.8 million and approximately 2,781 indirect jobs were created by the base in FY 05. The estimated annual dollar value of new jobs is $94.8 million. In FY 05, Air Force reservists assigned to the 315th AW spent nearly $1.3 million on hotels near the base. The base spent $280.3 million dollars on jet fuel in FY 05, making it the base’s costliest expense.

Charleston is home to 50 C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The cost per jet is approximately $202.3 million. The cost of the fleet is $10.3 billion. The cost to fly a C-17 is $7,975/hour. A C-17 crew consists of pilot, co-pilot, and loadmaster. The C-17 has a cruise speed of approximately 500 miles per hour at 28,000 feet (Mach .74). It also has a global range with in-flight refueling. Its maximum load is about 170,000 pounds, and it can fit two large buses, three helicopters, one of the Army’s newest tanks or other outsized cargo. In addition it features heads-up display, can airdrop both cargo and 102 paratroopers, and is able to land on small, austere airfields landing in as short as 3,000 feet.

Base facilities
Charleston AFB has 1,010 buildings, totaling 4,873,962 square feet. There are presently 716 housing units on base for officer and enlisted personnel and their families, with a projected decrease to 476 by FY 15. There are six dormitories, with 545 bed spaces, for un-accompanied noncommissioned officers and airmen. Temporary lodging facilities have 205 rooms, to include visiting quarters and aircrew alert facilities. The buildings and real property on Charleston AFB are valued at $479 million and the land is valued at $2.1 million.

Base facts
Charleston AFB is a joint-use airfield, sharing two intersecting runways with Charleston International Airport. The primary runway is 9,001 feet long and the intersecting runway is 7,000 feet long. The base maintains the two runways and most of the taxiways, and security and crash rescue response for all flights.

Charleston AFB was the first fully operational C-17 base in the Air Force. The base is constantly involved in the Denton Amendment program flying humanitarian aid on available missions to worldwide destinations in more than eleven countries.

Charleston AFB either prepared or moved 80 percent of the cargo for the Denton program. Charleston has seven 60-K Tunner loaders that can easily transport and load heavy, palletized cargo on all aircraft. Additionally, Charleston AFB has more than 6,700 computers and 643 government owned vehicles.

The 437th Airlift Wing is comprised of four operational groups:

· 437th Operations Group distinguishes itself by projection of America’s global reach through direct delivery, airdrop and air refueling.

· 437th Maintenance Group dedicated to performing organizational and intermediate-level maintenance on all assigned C-17 aircraft; also provides total logistics support for the wing.

· 437th Mission Support Group provides morale, welfare, security, housing, lodging, engineering, communications, food services, disaster preparedness, and much more base support for 61 organizations.

· 437th Medical Group supports combat readiness through training quality-managed health care for area beneficiaries.

· 437th Airlift Wing Staff includes a variety of agencies that directly support the wing commander, group commanders and the base population.

· Four tenant units also share the base; 315th Airlift Wing (Air Reserve Command); 1st Combat Camera Squadron; Air Force Office of Special Investigation; and 373rd Training Squadron, Air Education Training Command

1931 An airfield and flying service were established at Charleston’s airport
1941 The Army Air Corps took control of the airfield to establish a defense for the eastern coast of the U.S. for World War II
1942 The first flights, consisting of anti-submarine missions, took off from Charleston Army Air Field
1943 The 437th Troop Carrier Group was activated at Baer Field, Indiana
1945 The 437TCG was inactivated after its participation in the Battle of the Bulge
1946 Military operations at the airfield closed
1949 The 437th was reactivated into the Reserves
1952 Charleston and the Air Force agreed to establish a Troop carrier base and allow joint use of the runways. The 456th Troop Carrier Wing became the host unit under Tactical Air Command
1956 The base was transferred to the command of Military Air Transport Service. The 1608th Air Transport Wing became the host unit
1966 MATS became Military Airlift Command and the 1608th was discontinued. The 437th Military Airlift Wing was reactivated and assigned to Charleston AFB. All the equipment from the 1608th was reassigned to the 437th
1991 The 437th MAW was redesigned as the 437th Airlift Wing when Military Airlift Command became Air Mobility Command
1993 In June, the 17th Airlift Squadron became the first operational squadron in the Air Force to convert to the C-17A Globemaster III
2000 The 16th Airlift Squadron deactivated July 15, marking the end of 35 years of C-141’s here. At one time, Charleston had 58 C-141’s assigned
2001 Flew first night combat/humanitarian coalition mission into Afghanistan
2002 16th Airlift Squadron reactivated as fourth operational C-17 unit July 26
2003 First-ever airdrop of troops into a combat zone from a C-17–combat air and land insertion of the 173rd Airborne Brigade into Northern Iraq. Sixty-two missions were flown with more than 2,000 passengers, more than 3,000 tons of cargo, more than 400 vehicles and with 100 percent mission reliability
2004 The wing’s C-17s delivered the personnel and outsized equipment need to construct Forward Operating Base Carlson in Afghanistan, conducting AMC’s first C-17 low altitude airdrop during contingency operations. Later that year the wing landed the first C-17 aircraft on that 90-foot-wide dirt strip at FOB Carlson, validating the C-17’s ability to operate in a high altitude, mountainous environment.
2005 The 437th Airlift Wing flew 40 missions in support of Hurricane Katrina, airlifting 1,736 patients/evacuees, 1,217 passengers/relief workers, and 1,541 tons of cargo to and from locations such as New Orleans and Keesler AFB, Miss.

B-17 (1943-1945)
B-24 (1943-1945)
C-47 (1944-1958)
C-45 (1944-1958)
C-119 (1953-1955)
C-54 (1954-1958)
C-121 (1955-1963)
C-124 (1958-1969)
C-130 (1962-1967)
C-141 (1965-2000)
C-5 (1970-1973)
C-17 (1993-Present)

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C-17 Smoke Angel

November 30, 2008

A US Air Force C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft from Charleston Air Force Base creates a Smoke Angel through the turbulence of its vortex.

November 24, 2008

A Charleston Air Force Base C-17 Globemaster III soars over the Arthur Ravenel Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Team Charleston received the first of 10 C-17s during a ceremony on the flightline at Charleston AFB (SC) Nov. 18.

The P-180 is the first new aircraft Charleston AFB has received since 2003 and brings the total number of C-17s assigned to 51.

“Today we start a new page in the C-17’s history book here at Charleston AFB,” said Col. John “Red” Millander, 437th Airlift Wing commander. “The arrival of aircraft 77180 marks the first of a series of 10 new C-17s. The name and the mission has not changed; the capability has. This new … aircraft boasts technologies and abilities that did not exist when I witnessed the first C-17 arrival to Charleston in 1993.”

This new C-17 is different from the rest on the Charleston AFB flightline because it has new technology and capabilities. There are new secure satellite communication systems, avionics, combat lighting and night vision goggles that allow flying, loading and unloading in the dark.

“The important thing about the new technology is that it will keep our crews safer,” said Colonel Millander.

Brig. Gen. Bradley Pray, deputy director of Air Mobility Command’s Air, Space and Information Operations, delivered the P-180 on time after an approximate five-hour flight from its production sight in Long Beach, Calif. However, he did it with the help of Charleston AFB’s own flying crew chiefs and pilots and loadmasters from the 16th Airlift Squadron.

“I felt honored to be part of the crew that brought home the new C-17,” said Airman 1st Class Kylor Eutsler, 16 AS loadmaster. “I’ve only been part of the squadron since April so it’s great that I had an opportunity to do something like this. I definitely hope to fly missions on it in the future.”

Charleston AFB received their first C-17 June 14, 1993. Since then, Team Charleston has been part of C-17 missions supporting humanitarian relief efforts such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, delivering freedom for American hostages in Colombia and operations such as Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Last year, Charleston C-17 crews performed nearly 16,000 sorties on more than 5,000 missions. They also delivered 206 million pound of cargo and 142,000 people in support of missions around the world.

“People put the life in lift and it takes a team effort to produce winning results,” said Colonel Millander. “Team Charleston is stronger than ever … everyone continues and everyone is vital. No one should measure their worth by how close they work to a C-17 flight deck. We need every Team Charleston member working together to accomplish the mission.”

Melissa White

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)

Spirit of Delaware completes Dover’s C-17 collection

October 14, 2008
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C-17 Globemaster III

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On Oct. 8 civilians, reservists and active duty service members gathered at the AMC Museum to welcome Dover’s newest and final C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, The Spirit of Delaware. 

With two full sets of bleachers and a 20 foot tall American flag waving in the background the audience applauded as the C-17 flew over the crowd and dipped its wing to them.
Another C-17 then displayed some of the aircraft’s capabilities including a high speed pass, steep banking turns and a short runway landing. 

With the American, Delaware and Air Force flags waving on top of the aircraft, General Arthur Lichte, Air Mobility Command commander, taxied the aircraft within feet of the crowd. 

Col. Steven Harrison, 436th Airlift Wing commander, Col. Randal Bright, 512th Airlift Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. John Wood, 436th Airlift Wing command chief master sergeant, greeted Gen. Arthur Lichte, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Barron, AMC command chief master sergeant. They then took the stage with Jean Chamberlain, Boeing Vice President and C-17 program manager, Sen. Thomas R. Carper, Rep. Michael N. Castle and Lt. Gov. John C. Carney Jr. 

“You can see the rich mobility heritage we have … and you can see the opportunity for a strong future delivered on the wings of C-17s,” said Gen. Lichte. “The Globemaster III can do it all and then some. Since the arrival of the first Globemaster III, the Eagle Wing and the Liberty Wing have wasted no time showcasing the total force strength of (Air Mobility Command). 

“It’s the enlisted men and women who really form the backbone of our command and our United States Air Force.” 

Jean Chamberlain, Boeing’s vice president for mobility aircraft, presented Gen. Lichte with a large key representing responsibility for the aircraft. Gen. Lichte then entrusted the key to Tech. Sgt. Glenn Bull, 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-17 dedicated crew chief. 

“Our fleet of C-17s, and the men and women who fly, maintain and support them have made, and continue to make, an extraordinary impact on world events,” said Col. Steven Harrison, 436th Airlift Wing commander. “Virtually any time of the day or night, our fleet of C-17s and C-5s are saving lives and delivering freedom in Afghanistan, Iraq and anywhere our Nation calls. I think it’s poetic that when we enter some of the toughest neighborhoods on the planet it will be with the Spirit of Delaware.”


Chad Padgett