JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - More than 130 Airmen from the 14th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., will return home from their 120-day deployment in Southwest Asia and reunite with their family and friends Sunday.
While deployed, the Airmen of the 14 AS served under the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron supporting combat operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
Flying the C-17 Globemaster III, the 14 AS Airmen flew roughly 2,800 sorties, logged more than 7,900 combat flying hours and airlifted more than 126 million pounds of combat material and more than 27,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and distinguished visitors throughout the area of responsibility. The squadron also performed 382 combat airdrops, delivering 16.7 million pounds of cargo to 52 drop zones, breaking the record for deployed C-17 combat operations.
The 816 EAS conducts airlift, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation missions daily to provide direct support to the warfighter. The squadron is the second half of a two-part, expeditionary airlift squadron concept, which was established in 2006.
Its sister unit, the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, operates out of several detachments throughout Eurasia and the Middle East. Since 2006, Charleston airlift squadrons have traditionally deployed as the 816 EAS.
The two-EAS concept provides two airlift hubs at separate geographical locations to speed passengers by the hundreds of thousands and pounds of equipment by the millions in and out of the fight.
Last week the 15th Airlift Squadron from JB CHS assumed command of the 816 EAS from the 14 AS and will serve a 120-day deployment before returning to Charleston.