News: C-17s are part of Air Mobility Rodeo 2011 in Washington
Story by Master Sgt. Scott Sturkol
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- C-17 Globemaster III aircraft assigned to the 62nd Airlift Wing will be a part of the Air Mobility Rodeo 2011 competition.
The C-17 Globemaster III is the "newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force," according to its Air Force fact sheet. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area.
The C-17 can perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions and can also transport litters and ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations when required. The inherent flexibility and performance of the C-17 force improve the ability of the total airlift system to fulfill the worldwide air mobility requirements of the United States.
According to the 62nd Airlift Wing Web site, McChord Field is home to a wide variety of units and missions. The 62nd AW is the active duty wing on McChord Field and is joined by its Reserve partner the 446th Airlift Wing. Together, the two wings fly 50 C-17 Globemaster IIIs to provide combat airlift for America.
Air Mobility Rodeo 2011, sponsored by the Air Mobility Command, is the Mobility Air Force's readiness competition. This competition focuses on improving our worldwide air mobility forces' professional core abilities. Air Mobility 2011 will be held at McChord Field, Wash., July 24-29, 2011.