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NEWS | Oct. 25, 2011

This week in Air Force History

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Oct. 23, 1991 - Military Airlift Command units moved 146 tons of medical supplies and relief cargo to Kiev, Ukraine, after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Oct. 24, 1960 - During joint Operation Southwind exercise, Tactical Air Command and Military Air Transport Service employed 100 airplanes to transport 10,000 Strategic Army Command troops.

Oct. 25, 1992 - A C-141 evacuated Americans and other foreign nationals from Tajikistan after civil disturbances erupted in the former Soviet republic.

Oct. 26, 2001 - The DoD announced its decision to go ahead with a $19 billion contract to produce Lockheed-Martin's Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35, for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marines. The announcement officially ended the concept demonstration phase for the new Joint Strike Fighter.

Oct. 27, 1999 - Developmental testing on the C-141 Starlifter came to an end when the last test aircraft left the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB, Calif., for March ARB, Calif.

Oct. 28, 2002 - A C-141 arrived at Guantanamo Bay with the last group of Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees from Afghanistan for 2002. From January C-141s and C-17s flew 25 missions to carry 620 detainees from Kandahar to Guantanamo during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Oct. 29, 1968 - Military Airlift Command pararescueman Sgt. Duane D. Hackney received the Cheney Award for gallantry in action in Vietnam.