SC-based airmen return home from Middle East
CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- About 130 airmen from a South Carolina Air Force base have returned home from the Middle East after logging 8,000 flying hours during a four-month deployment.
Air Force spokeswoman Trisha Gallaway said Tuesday the unit from Charleston Air Force Base that returned on Monday dropped 8 million pounds of cargo to more than 160 drop zones during their deployment.
Overall, the unit airlifted more than 148 million pounds of cargo and 37,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilian visitors in the region.
The unit flies C-17 Globemaster transports and logged more than 8,000 flying hours over Iraq, the Horn of Africa and Afghanistan.