Kuwait Air Force Receives First C-17

Five members of the Kuwait Air Force embedded with the 17th Airlift Squadron at JB Charleston, S.C., in February, where they received training on C-17 operations and maintenance before delivering Kuwait’s first Globemaster III. The aircraft, which also transited through Charleston, departed for Kuwait on Feb. 15, according to a Feb. 21 release. “Pilots and loadmasters from the 17th Airlift Squadron had the unique opportunity to train side by side with our Kuwaiti partners over the last four weeks,” said Lt. Col. Paul Theriot, 17th AS commander. “They were fresh out of Altus, and we topped off that schoolhouse training with some additional seasoning here at Charleston consisting of local flights and simulators. They were fantastic to work with and fly with, and I think both sides came away feeling our international bonds were strengthened.”