Last MC-12W Liberty returns from Kandahar, Bagram unit remains: MC-12W Liberty surveillance crews ha... #airforce
MC-12W Liberty surveillance crews have ended operations at one airfield in Afghanistan, leaving one squadron of the specially made aircraft to cover the area. The 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, based at Kandahar Airfield, deactivated earlier this month. The last Liberty assigned to that squadron returned home to Beale Air Force Base, California, on Sept. 22. The squadron stood up in May 2010, and flew 115,000 combat flight hours, flew overwatch of more than 50,000 friendly forces and scanned about 13,000 kilometers, according to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing. Our accomplishments were tremendous, said Lt. Col. Thomas Yeager, the prior 361st ERS director of operations, in a release. My hats off to the young men and women who support this program, working around the clock in rotations, some deploying four or five times with three thousand plus combat hours. T...