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  • The Rise of a Loadmaster

    The powerful vibrations of four engines propelling a 282,400 pound aircraft several miles above the ground hum across the cargo bay of a C-17 Globemaster III on its way to drop off much needed cargo. Two pilots sit upstairs in the flight deck guiding the C-17 through the sky while another two rest along with the flying crew chiefs. Awake are three loadmasters, keeping an eye on the cargo bay while Airman 1st Class Kam Watt studies the loadmaster Air Force Instructions (AFI).
  • McChord Airmen boost American Embassy in Jordan

    In a small non-descript building on a Royal Jordanian Air Force flight line sits a vital piece of American diplomacy. Inside, three Airmen work with Akram Al Ramone, a Jordanian who works as Lead Foreign Service National, Port Ops, for the U.S. State Department and splits his time between an office in the U.S. Embassy-Amman and a desk in the team’s office. Together they provide logistics for the State Department’s embassy to Jordan’s regional diplomacy mission through airlift movements.
  • Where it's cold we go

    When we think of U.S. military aircraft working in austere environments, we generally imagine aircraft landing on a dusty airfield somewhere in the Middle East. After all, for the past 20 years, the Air Force has played a major role getting troops and materiel to the fight in the Middle East. What we don’t normally picture is a C-17 Globemaster III landing on a windswept runway made of ice in Antarctica.
  • Maintenance challenges re-deployment from Deep Freeze support

    The last Operation Deep Freeze mission of the main 2018-2019 season returned to Christchurch International Airport, New Zealand, Feb. 23, delivering 99 passengers and 12,800 pounds of cargo.
  • Stars align for Deep Freeze’s last regular season mission

    The last flight to the Antarctic for the regular Operation Deep Freeze season almost didn’t happen. But, with the quick thinking of the maintenance crew and help from another C-17 unit, the mission was a go Feb. 22, 2019.
  • Dolphins deploy with Rainier Wing

    The 446th Airlift 'Rainier' Wing transported four dolphins from the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program (NMMP) from San Diego to Key West, Florida.
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