USAFE Airmen return from successful airlift mission
Members of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe are greeted as they exit a C-130 aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, late Thursday night after successfully completing a two-week airlift mission transporting African Union troops into the Darfur region, Sudan. 

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Laura Simi)
1 photo: Members of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe are greeted as they exit a C-130 aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, late Thursday night after successfully completing a two-week airlift mission transport
Photo 1 of 1: Members of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe are greeted as they exit a C-130 aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, late Thursday night after successfully completing a two-week airlift mission transporting African Union troops into the Darfur region, Sudan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Laura Simi) Download full-resolution version

RAMSTEIN AB, Germany -- Two Ramstein C-130s and approximately 100 U.S. Air Forces in Europe members returned here today after successfully completing a two-week airlift mission transporting African Union troops into the Darfur region of Sudan.

During the mission, the Airmen transferred 47 Nigerian and 238 Rwandan soldiers and more than 118,000 pounds of cargo. The last transport mission was flown on Wednesday.

The mission began Oct. 21 when an advance team of approximately 30 Airmen arrived at Kigali International Airport, Rwanda, to set up the operations for the airlift. Members of the team represented various specialties such as logistics, contracting, airfield management, security forces, communications and other functions necessary to facilitate the airlift operation. The majority of team members deployed from RAF Mildenhall, U.K. and here.

Approximately 90 more Airmen deployed from here Oct. 22 to Kigali to begin the airlift operation.

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