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JBLM's new C-17 Globemaster III welcomed at Air Expo

62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Published: 04:52PM July 26th, 2012
JBLM's new C-17 Globemaster III welcomed at Air Expo

Scott Hansen/Northwest Guardian

Thousands of Air Expo visitors toured a new C-17 Globemaster III, which arrived, courtesy of the USTRANSCOM commander, just in time for the airshow.

General William M. Fraser III, U.S. Transportation Command commander, visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord July 17 to deliver a new C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.

The new aircraft was on display for thousands of visitors to see last weekend during the 2012 JBLM Air Expo.

During the short visit, Fraser took the opportunity to meet with Air Force leadership and hold a commander’s call for McChord Field Airmen.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be here,” he said. “This is my first time to visit and to be able to come in the way I did today was something I never expected having the pleasure of doing. To be asked to deliver the C-17 was indeed a privilege, and it’s something not everybody gets to do.”

After the C-17 delivery, the general learned more about the joint base relationship and the 62nd Airlift Wing’s unique missions. He later held a mentorship session with leaders followed by a commander’s call, in which Fraser emphasized his appreciation for all Airmen.

“My hats off to each and every one of you who are making the mission happen, and I thank you for your service,” he said. “I want to thank your families as well because they have to make the same sacrifices as you do.”

He also stressed the importance of taking care of yourself.

“In today’s environment with the places we go and the things we do, you need to take care of yourself and your family,” Fraser said. “Also, it’s important to be socially engaged, physically fit, and find some kind of spiritual balance.”

As commander of USTRANSCOM, Fraser plans, coordinates, directs and monitors movement and deployment of forces and material necessary to meet military objectives.

USTRANSCOM is the single manager for global air, land and sea transportation for the Department of Defense. The 62nd AW reports to Air Mobility Command, a component command of USTRANSCOM.

In the past six months, the 62nd AW has flown more than 5,700 sorties, 21,500 hours, 1,350 missions, moving 47 million pounds of cargo and 16,000 passengers while supporting the USTRANSCOM mission.

“The 62nd AW has made tremendous contributions,” he said. “I’m proud of what they’re doing because they’re really making a difference in the lives of many.”

Fraser departed McChord Field later that day to continue his official travels.

“Thanks to JBLM for a wonderful visit,” he said. “I want to thank all the Airmen and their families again for their service.”