The Ochos keep ‘em moving
By Senior Airman Janelle Patiño, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 12, 2016
AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar --
Staff Sgt. Benjamin Taylor, 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron, Aircraft Maintenance Flight instruments and flight controls craftsman, and Staff Sgt. Josh Budinich, 8th EAMS MXA aero repair craftsman, conduct a preflight inspection on a C-17 Globemaster III June 30 here.
8th EAMS Airmen maintain the most technically advanced cargo airlift aircraft in the world as the largest enroute unit in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility. They maintain C-17s, C-5 Galaxies and other commercial aircraft coming in and out of the base. Additionally, they also support Maintenance Recovery Teams to fix and recover any broken C-17 or C-5 around the AOR without C-17 and C-5 support.
The airlift aircraft are capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. They can perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions and can transport litters and ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations when required.
The 8th EAMS recently received the Ground Safety Award of Distinction from U.S. Air Forces Central Command for demonstrating the hands-on fall-rescue plan in the event that someone slips and falls off of the wing of a C-17.