Air Force personnel at Bagram AB, Afghanistan, continue to support relief operations in Pakistan. On Oct. 16, they loaded two Air Force C-17s and a C-130 with more than 141,300 pounds of supplies, including clothing, tents, and MREs. Back in the states, a KC-10 flew to Langley AFB, Va., where it picked up 20,000 pounds of supplies destined for Pakistan. Air Mobility Command also has plans to airlift 21 Army Chinook helicopters from three stateside Army posts.
The Air Force will begin its 71st annual Operation Christmas Drop on Dec. 4. The weeklong exercise is a yearly tradition that delivers supplies such as food, fishing equipment, school books, and clothes to remote islands in the Pacific. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian mission.