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  • Reservists refuel, train with KC-46

    Team McChord performed an aerial refueling in the C-17 Globemaster III during a series of special missions to train KC-46 Pegasus aircrew Jan. 29 through Feb. 1, for the first time ever. With Boeing Field just up the road from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the blended aircrew from Team McChord performed an aerial refueling in the C-17 Globemaster III during a series of special missions to train KC-46 aircrew.
  • Reservists overcome winter weather to give late Congressman final flight

    A Reserve aircrew’s wise planning helped them complete a high-profile airlift mission Feb. 12 – delivering the remains of U.S. Rep. John Dingell back to Washington – despite crippling winter weather that prevented other aircraft from landing at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Michigan. A Charleston C-17 Globemaster III flown by a crew from the 701st Airlift Squadron was tasked with transporting the former Democratic Congressman’s remains and his family back to Joint Base Andrews where it would be carried by motorcade through the Capitol to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Aid delivered: 1 weekend, 3 countries, nearly 130K people helped

    Over a weekend-long combined humanitarian and training mission, three C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and their Reserve Citizen Airmen crews from Joint Base Charleston’s 315th Airlift Wing delivered humanitarian aid to Guatemala, Haiti, and Honduras, Feb. 3-4, 2019. The three missions were planned to maintain the aircrews’ flying currency and readiness requirements, while at the same time delivering the cargoes of medical supplies, an ambulance, and several tons of food to outreach organizations in their respective countries.
  • Airlift unit tests mettle in joint Patriot Palm exercise

    A 315th Airlift Wing unit finished its most recent joint-service training exercise Jan. 29 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Hawaii. Teaming up with FEMA, the FBI, Army, Coast Guard and Marine Corps, the 315th Contingency Response Flight completed Exercise Patriot Palm, a joint-service emergency and natural disaster response exercise, coordinated by the Air Force Reserve, designed to integrate first responders from federal, state and local agencies, and the military by providing rapid response training.
  • Reservists deliver humanitarian aid to Guatemala

    Reservists from the 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston delivered nearly 8,000 pounds of humanitarian aid to Guatemala City yesterday. The mission, part of a standard C-17 Globemaster III aircraft training mission, delivered the donated supplies consisting of firefighting and rescue equipment to the people of Guatemala. The relief missions are part of ongoing efforts by the 315th Airlift Wing to utilize flight training hours to provide humanitarian relief to countries in need, while also providing mandated training for C-17 aircrew members.
  • 315th wins Aircrew Excellence Award

    The skillful response and handling of an in-flight crisis by a 315th Airlift Wing crew leads to a national level award. On Aug. 17, 2018, an all Reserve Charleston-based C-17 crew, carrying medical evacuation patients, experienced a cabin pressure malfunction then, successfully completed their mission, despite poor weather conditions and emergency oxygen system malfunctions, earning the 2018 4th Air Force Aircrew Excellence Award.
  • Reservists credit teamwork in lifesaving mission

    As if by fate, a weather delay in Germany allowed a group of reservists to embark on a challenging 22-and-a-half-hour mission to help save a fellow service member. On Nov. 3, 2018, a C-17 aircrew from the 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, who’s mission heading home from Germany was delayed due to severe weather, was asked to take on an emergency mission transporting a burn patient to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Turtles’ stadium flyover helps kick off Jaguars game

    While the Jacksonville Jaguars lost their Oct. 21 home game against the Houston Texans, 20-7, the game at least started off with a thunderous roar from a Charleston C-17 Globemaster III flown a mere 1,500 feet above by the 701st Airlift Squadron also known as the “Turtles.”
  • Travis AFB poised to deliver after Hurricane Michael

    Within hours of Hurricane Michael’s landfall on the Florida Panhandle, a Travis Air Force Base, California, C-17 Globemaster III, with a crew from the 21st Airlift Squadron and the 860th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, took off to support civil authorities in humanitarian relief operations.
  • Reservist improves C-17 safety Air Force-wide

    Senior Airman Adam Olander, a crew chief assigned to the 446th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was recently named the winner of the Air Force Reserve Command Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez award in the Aircraft Maintenance Technician category.
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