Miller Army Airfield located at Camp Ripley will receive several flights of C-17 cargo planes over the next three weeks. Emergency services in the area have been notified and encouraged to pass along this information to their communities.
“The C-17 is one of the most widely used and versatile cargo aircraft in the U.S. military,” said Maj. Nathan Foster, Miller Army Airfield Commander. “This opportunity to receive a heavy aircraft to support our operations improves our goal to become a more sustainable force.”
The C-17 Globemaster III is a high-wing, 4-engine, T-tailed military-transport aircraft. The multi-service C-17 can carry large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields in harsh terrain anywhere in the world day or night. The massive, sturdy, long-haul aircraft tackles distance, destination and heavy, oversized payloads with great flexibility. It has delivered cargo in every worldwide operation since the 1990s.
“The abilities of the C-17 and the possibility of their usage on Camp Ripley, will make a great addition to providing a well-equipped and ready force for military, humanitarian and peacekeeping missions,” said Col. Scott St. Sauver, Camp Ripley Post Commander.