- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - Whenever and wherever wounded members of the military need a medical evacuation they could find themselves flying with a C-17 crew from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard units support nearly nine out of 10 aeromedical evacuation missions. One of those units is the 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Lewis-McChord. It’s taking some reporters and photographers along on a training flight Wednesday.

The News Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/15tNks6 ) Lewis-McChord has the Air Force’s second-largest fleet of C-17 cargo planes with about 2,900 airmen assigned to the active duty wing and another 2,300 reservists based at McChord Air Field.

The Defense budget calls for a reduction of eight planes, but Lewis-McChord will still have about one fifth of the Air Force fleet of 213 C-17 jets.

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