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    Army and Air Force Teamwork and Persistence Critical to Retrograde Mission

    Brig. Gen. Donnie Walker Jr., commanding general of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) recognizes Capt. Nick Burke, flight commander with 17th Airlift Squadron

    Photo By Maj. Jared Auchey | Brig. Gen. Donnie Walker Jr., commanding general of the 3rd Sustainment Command...... read more read more



    Story by Maj. Jared Auchey and Staff Sgt. Justin Silvers

    3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - Brig. Gen. Donnie Walker Jr., commanding general of 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), recognized Air Force Capt. Nick Burke, flight commander with 17th Airlift Squadron based out of Charleston, S.C. and his crew during a coin presentation Sept. 25 at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

    Burke was recognized for his leadership in coordinating the movement of retrograde equipment out of Afghanistan.

    The 3d ESC/1st TSC (Forward) is the primary logistical unit within Afghanistan and has been sustaining units across Afghanistan while successfully retrograding equipment; returning assets back into the Army’s inventory and saving taxpayer money.

    With such an important mission, the Army frequently teams up with the Air Force; working hand in hand to ensure equipment is retrograded in a timely and efficient manner.

    Burke represented this partnership well; working with Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chad Chisholm, mobility technician with the 3d ESC, and Air Mobility Division in order to retrograde equipment as efficiently as possible.

    “The partnership between the Army and Air Force has been vital to the success of the largest Expeditionary Mobile Redistribution Property Accountability Team mission in the history of Army retrograde,” said Chisholm. “This (success) would not have been possible without Aircraft Commanders like Capt. Nick Burke and his aircrew.”

    Burke and his crew were responsible for taking the first load of retrograde equipment out of Herat, Afghanistan heading for Kuwait. Under his guidance, Burke’s plane was filled with retrograde equipment beyond what was initially coordinated.

    Burke also called Shindand Air Base, which is in close proximity to Herat, and asked if he could land there after he left Herat to pick up additional cargo. While he received some initial reservations, Burke insisted they fill his plane to maximum capacity. Through his persistence he saved an entire C-17 mission from having to land in the future, saving time and taxpayer money, which resulted in excellent stewardship of precious air capabilities.



    Date Taken: 09.26.2014
    Date Posted: 09.27.2014 08:24
    Story ID: 143462
    Location: BAGRAM AIR FIELD, AF 
    Hometown: CHARLESTON, SC, US

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