NATO Allies: U.S. Air Force Supports French Warplanes For Mali War
U.S. Air Forces in Europe
February 1, 2013
KC-135s support French mission in Mali
By Capt. Jason Smith
100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
FORWARD OPERATING LOCATION EUROPE: A detachment from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, operating from a forward deployed location, has completed aerial refueling mission in support of French Operations in Mali.
The first roughly 10-hour mission, during the daytime, gave the aircrew the opportunity to see the land area they will be potentially flying over on future missions.
“If you know distinguishing landmarks, it always helps,” said Capt. Tim Gerne, aircraft commander for this mission…
A detachment from the 100th ARW deployed on short notice on Jan. 26 and launched the first support refueling mission on Jan. 27.
“It’s good to see things coming together,” said 1st Lt. John Lachiewicz, the co-pilot of the mission and Chapel Hill, N.C. native. “We hope to make a positive difference in helping our NATO ally.”
The KC-135 is capable of refueling a variety of U.S. and NATO aircraft. It can off-load a maximum of 200,000 pounds of fuel.