CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Family and friends of Airmen with the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron gathered Monday to welcome them home from a months-long deployment.
The airmen were stationed at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. During their deployment, they helped airlift over 1.5 million pounds of humanitarian aid to Pakistan after heavy rains led to devastating flooding across much of the country.
The group was the last rotation of the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, which was inactivated on September 30 after 16 years of service. It will be replaced by the 8th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron.
Col. Robert Lankford with the 437th Airlift Wing said that he is “proud of the hard work our airmen put into their mission overseas.” He went on to say that they “accomplished some incredible things downrange and I know they’ll continue to do an outstanding job of carrying out the mobility mission from Joint Base Charleston.”