Airlift vs. Convoy:

Lt. Col. Calvin Butts, who runs plans and programs at the Warner Robins ALC, recently assembled a team of 29 airmen and several soldiers, sailors, and marines to set up the first Joint Air Cargo Operations Team (JACOT) at Al Taqaddum AB, Iraq, a marine facility right in the heart of the Triangle of Death. The goal: move more cargo by air to cut down on the more risky enterprise of hauling supplies by truck convoy. The trick to airlift in such a place involves making things “lean”—such as getting aircrews to upload and download a C-130 in less than 20 minutes, said Butts. “You don’t have a better incentive to lean out and streamline your processes than when people are shooting mortars at you while you’re working,” he explained.