Unit opens new 75 EAS chapter at CJTF-HOA

Senior Airman Dan Cabanas, 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, directs the movement of cargo onto the C-130J June 11, 2014 at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The C-130J crew was transporting personnel and equipment in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's mission of stabilizing and strengthening security in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka) 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Senior Airman Dan Cabanas, 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, directs the movement of cargo onto the C-130J June 11, 2014 at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The C-130J crew was transporting personnel and equipment in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's mission of stabilizing and strengthening security in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)
U.S. Air Force Capt. Patrick Weekly, 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules aircraft commander, and U.S. Air Force Capt. Eric May, 75th EAS C-130J Super Hercules co-pilot, complete their pre-flight checklists June 21, 2014, on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The C-130J crew was transporting personnel and equipment in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's mission of stabilizing and strengthening security in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Riley Johnson) 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron U.S. Air Force Capt. Patrick Weekly, 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules aircraft commander, and U.S. Air Force Capt. Eric May, 75th EAS C-130J Super Hercules co-pilot, complete their pre-flight checklists June 21, 2014, on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The C-130J crew was transporting personnel and equipment in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's mission of stabilizing and strengthening security in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Riley Johnson)
U.S. Air Force Capt. Eric May, 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules co-pilot, flies June 21, 2014, over East Africa. The C-130J crew was transporting personnel and equipment in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's mission of stabilizing and strengthening security in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Riley Johnson) 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron U.S. Air Force Capt. Eric May, 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules co-pilot, flies June 21, 2014, over East Africa. The C-130J crew was transporting personnel and equipment in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's mission of stabilizing and strengthening security in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Riley Johnson)
Senior Airman Calvin Cox, 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules loadmaster, directs the pilot while the aircraft is back-taxiing June 21, 2014, in East Africa. The C-130J crew was transporting personnel and equipment in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's mission of stabilizing and strengthening security in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Riley Johnson) 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Senior Airman Calvin Cox, 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules loadmaster, directs the pilot while the aircraft is back-taxiing June 21, 2014, in East Africa. The C-130J crew was transporting personnel and equipment in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's mission of stabilizing and strengthening security in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Riley Johnson)

The 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron was activated on May 28, 2014 at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti and is currently comprised of personnel deployed from 317th Airlift Group from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

Future squadrons rotating into Camp Lemonnier will be assigned to the 75th EAS under the 449th Air Expeditionary Group.

“The 75th has an awesome heritage that dates back to airlifts in WWII, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Desert Shield,” said U.S. Maj. Seth Schwesinger, 75th EAS commander.  “It is a really broad spectrum of what we do and defines [our mission] almost exactly.”

Squadron leadership worked with the United States Air Forces in Europe history office to match the unit with a squadron that had significant history. The 75th Airlift Squadron was originally activated on February 8, 1943, but has been deactivated and activated many times since.

The C-130J aircrews fly a wide range of missions, including the timely movement of the East Africa Response Force (EARF) in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

“[Our] mission is robust,” Schwesinger said. “We support medical evacuations, disaster relief, humanitarian and airdrop operations into fields that a lot of other aircraft can’t normally go.”

The Airmen of the 75th EAS are able to get the job done despite the challenges they may face with loading large cargo and having limited cargo handling equipment at off load locations.

“The most rewarding part of my job is [taking care of] the mission,” said Senior Airman Dan Cabanas, 75th EAS loadmaster. “Carrying items that people need and bringing them where they need them is pretty rewarding.”

With the sense of accomplishment comes adventure.

 “My favorite part is seeing the world,” Cabanas said. “I never really left my hometown of West Corvina, California prior to joining the Air Force. Since joining, I have traveled a good amount of places. It’s amazing.”

Since May 2014, the squadron has transported more than 420 tons of cargo and more than 280 personnel to different locations throughout East Africa, supporting the CJTF-HOA mission.

The 75th EAS replaced the previous 52nd EAS.

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Unit opens new 75 EAS chapter at CJTF-HOA

The 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron was activated on May 28, 2014 at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti and is currently comprised of personnel deployed from 317th Airlift Group from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.