Scott AFB plays major role in airdrops

The plan to move people, planes, food, and water to people on Sinjar Mountain in Iraq is happening at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

It is one of the United States most important commands around the world. It's called Transportation Command, or TRANSCOMM. The C-17 that dropped food and water to the Iraqis on the mountain on Thursday night was controlled and commanded at Scott AFB. It's a challenging mission.

"This mountain is long and narrow very high terrain with steep cliffs. You want to deliver the humanitarian supplies right where your friendlies are not where the enemy can get them," said Major General Barbara Faulkenberry, Vice Commander of the 18th Air Force at Scott. She commands the air mobility command that is the warfighting wing.

When the President ordered the humanitarian mission, the call came into Scott AFB.

"We knew what altitude they should be in, we knew what direction they should come in," said Major General Faulkenberry. The intelligence for crews in the air also comes from Scott, she added. It's a dangerous mission, ISIS is threatening to kill the people stuck on Sinjar Mountain.

"This is not a friendly territory, we are going in harm's way, you can always be attacked from the ground," she said.

The intelligence coming into Scott is keeping the airmen at the ready, safe. General Faulkenberry said a highly specialized group of airmen called the Contingency Response Forces are also in Iraq. They're like the Green Berets or Navy Seals. They could go in on the ground if the president gives the order.


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