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22nd AS, lifeblood of the Air Force

Tech Sgt. Timothy McCarthy, 22nd AS, completes a pre-flight inspection of the flight controls March 7 2017, on a C-5M Super Galaxy at Yokota Air Base, Japan. As a flight engineer, McCarthy is responsible for completing pre-flight inspections of the aircraft prior to the pilots coming on board to ensure everything is safe for the flight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Tech Sgt. Timothy McCarthy, 22nd Airlift Squadron, completes a pre-flight inspection of the flight controls March 7 2017, on a C-5M Super Galaxy at Yokota Air Base, Japan. As a flight engineer, McCarthy is responsible for completing pre-flight inspections of the aircraft prior to the pilots coming on board to ensure everything is safe for the flight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Staff Sgt. Piere Manivong, 22nd AS, completes a pre-flight inspection of a C-5M Super Galaxy landing gear prior to a flight March 7, 2017 from Yokota Air Base, Japan, to Osan Air Base, South Korea. As a flight engineer, Manivong is responsible for completing pre-flight inspections of the aircraft prior to the pilots coming on board to ensure everything is safe for the flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Staff Sgt. Piere Manivong, 22nd AS, completes a pre-flight inspection of a C-5M Super Galaxy landing gear prior to a flight March 7, 2017 from Yokota Air Base, Japan, to Osan Air Base, South Korea. As a flight engineer, Manivong is responsible for completing pre-flight inspections of the aircraft prior to the pilots coming on board to ensure everything is safe for the flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Tech. Sgt. Isaac Nunez, 60th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, closes the forward ramp extension and visor prior to a departure March 4, 2017, for Yokota Air Base, Japan. Nunez, along with members of the 22nd Airlift Squadron flew a Pacific channel mission to Yokota AB and Osan AB, South Korea, delivering cargo and space-available passengers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Tech. Sgt. Isaac Nunez, 60th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, closes the forward ramp extension and visor prior to a departure March 4, 2017, for Yokota Air Base, Japan. Nunez, along with members of the 22nd Airlift Squadron flew a Pacific channel mission to Yokota AB and Osan AB, South Korea, delivering cargo and space-available passengers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Senior Airman Elias Wilson, 22nd Airlift Squadron, marshalls in a K-loader to offload cargo after landing March 7, 2017, at Osan Air Base, South Korea. Nearly 70,000 pounds of cargo were offloaded at Osan AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Senior Airman Elias Wilson, 22nd Airlift Squadron, marshalls in a K-loader to offload cargo after landing March 7, 2017, at Osan Air Base, South Korea. Nearly 70,000 pounds of cargo were offloaded at Osan AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Senior Airman Elias Wilson, 22nd Airlift Squadron, marshals in a K-loader with pallets of household goods March 7, 2017, at Osan Air Base, South Korea. A total of 14 pallets of household goods were returned back to the United States for service members who are being reassigned duty stations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Senior Airman Elias Wilson, 22nd Airlift Squadron, marshals in a K-loader with pallets of household goods March 7, 2017, at Osan Air Base, South Korea. A total of 14 pallets of household goods were returned back to the United States for service members who are being reassigned duty stations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Senior Airman Elias Wilson, 22nd Airlift Squadron, loads pallets of household goods March 7, 2017, at Osan Air Base, South Korea. A total of 14 pallets of household goods were returned back to the United States for service members who are being reassigned duty stations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Senior Airman Elias Wilson, 22nd Airlift Squadron, loads pallets of household goods March 7, 2017, at Osan Air Base, South Korea. A total of 14 pallets of household goods were returned back to the United States for service members who are being reassigned duty stations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Staff Sgt. Jarryd Morgan, left, and Staff Sgt. Matthew Larson, assigned to the Airlift Squadron, set support jacks for a C-5M Super Galaxy in preparation to offload cargo through the forward ramp doors March 7, 2017 at Osan Air Base, South Korea. While at Osan AB, the loadmasters offloaded nearly 70,000 pounds of cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Staff Sgt. Jarryd Morgan, left, and Staff Sgt. Matthew Larson, assigned to the Airlift Squadron, set support jacks for a C-5M Super Galaxy in preparation to offload cargo through the forward ramp doors March 7, 2017 at Osan Air Base, South Korea. While at Osan AB, the loadmasters offloaded nearly 70,000 pounds of cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Staff Sgt. Jarryd Morgan, left, and Staff Sgt. Matthew Larson, assigned to the Airlift Squadron, set support jacks for a C-5M Super Galaxy in preparation to offload cargo through the forward ramp doors March 7, 2017 at Osan Air Base, South Korea. While at Osan AB, the loadmasters offloaded nearly 70,000 pounds of cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Staff Sgt. Jarryd Morgan, left, and Staff Sgt. Matthew Larson, assigned to the Airlift Squadron, set support jacks for a C-5M Super Galaxy in preparation to offload cargo through the forward ramp doors March 7, 2017 at Osan Air Base, South Korea. While at Osan AB, the loadmasters offloaded nearly 70,000 pounds of cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Capt. Brett Boudreaux, 22nd Airlift Squadron, goes over the flight plan March 9, 2017, for the day's mission from Osan Air Base, South Korea, to Yokota Air Base, Japan. Boudreaux was on a Pacific channel mission, flying cargo from Osan AB to Travis Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Capt. Brett Boudreaux, 22nd Airlift Squadron, goes over the flight plan March 9, 2017, for the day's mission from Osan Air Base, South Korea, to Yokota Air Base, Japan. Boudreaux was on a Pacific channel mission, flying cargo from Osan AB to Travis Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Capt. Brett Boudreaux, left, and Capt. Scott Robinson, assigned to the 22nd Airlift Squadron, go over the flight plan March 9, 2017, for the day's mission from Osan Air Base, South Korea, to Yokota Air Base, Japan. The pilots were on what's called a Pacific channel mission, flying cargo from Osan AB to Travis Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)
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Capt. Brett Boudreaux, left, and Capt. Scott Robinson, assigned to the 22nd Airlift Squadron, go over the flight plan March 9, 2017, for the day's mission from Osan Air Base, South Korea, to Yokota Air Base, Japan. The pilots were on what's called a Pacific channel mission, flying cargo from Osan AB to Travis Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Capt. Brett Boudreaux, left, and Capt. Scott Robinson, assigned to the 22nd Airlift Squadron, go over the flight plan March 9, 2017, for the day's mission from Osan Air Base, South Korea, to Yokota Air Base, Japan. The pilots were on what's called a Pacific channel mission, flying cargo from Osan AB to Travis Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)
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Capt. Brett Boudreaux, left, and Capt. Scott Robinson, assigned to the 22nd Airlift Squadron, go over the flight plan March 9, 2017, for the day's mission from Osan Air Base, South Korea, to Yokota Air Base, Japan. The pilots were on what's called a Pacific channel mission, flying cargo from Osan AB to Travis Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Two C-5 Super Galaxies from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., sit on the ramp March 7, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The C-5Ms are participating in a Pacific channel mission, flying to Japan and South Korea to deliver various cargo throughtout the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)
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Two C-5 Super Galaxies from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., sit on the ramp March 7, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The C-5Ms are participating in a Pacific channel mission, flying to Japan and South Korea to deliver various cargo throughtout the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Staff Sgt. Pierre Manivong, 22nd Airlift Squadron, prepares to do a pre-flight walkaround of a C-5M Super Galaxy March 7, 2017 at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The C-5M is participating in a Pacific channel mission, flying to Japan and South Korea to deliver various cargo throughtout the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)
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Staff Sgt. Pierre Manivong, 22nd Airlift Squadron, prepares to do a pre-flight walkaround of a C-5M Super Galaxy March 7, 2017 at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The C-5M is participating in a Pacific channel mission, flying to Japan and South Korea to deliver various cargo throughtout the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Staff Sgt. Piere Manivong, 22nd AS, completes a pre-flight inspection of a C-5M Super Galaxy prior to a flight March 7, 2017 from Yokota Air Base, Japan, to Osan Air Base, South Korea. As a flight engineer, Manivong is responsible for completing pre-flight inspections of the aircraft prior to the pilots coming on board to ensure everything is safe for the flight.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)
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Staff Sgt. Piere Manivong, 22nd AS, completes a pre-flight inspection of a C-5M Super Galaxy prior to a flight March 7, 2017 from Yokota Air Base, Japan, to Osan Air Base, South Korea. As a flight engineer, Manivong is responsible for completing pre-flight inspections of the aircraft prior to the pilots coming on board to ensure everything is safe for the flight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

An Airman from the 730th Air Mobility Squadron waits to taxi a Travis Air Force Base, California, C-5M Super Galaxy March 7, 2017 prior to a flight from Yokota Air Base, Japan to Osan Air Base, South Korea. The C-5M was on a Pacific channel mission, delivering cargo to Japan, South Korea and other parts of the Pacific Region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)
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An Airman from the 730th Air Mobility Squadron waits to taxi a Travis Air Force Base, California, C-5M Super Galaxy March 7, 2017 prior to a flight from Yokota Air Base, Japan to Osan Air Base, South Korea. The C-5M was on a Pacific channel mission, delivering cargo to Japan, South Korea and other parts of the Pacific Region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A C-5M Super Galaxy assigned to the 22nd Airlift Squadron conducted a Pacific channel mission March 4-11, 2017, delivering cargo to Yokota Air Base, Japan, and Osan AB, South Korea.

The mission delivered more than 161,000 pounds of cargo and brought passengers to the Pacific theater.

"Most of the cargo brought to Yokota AB and Osan AB will either be staying there or forward deployed throughout the Pacific region," said Capt. Brett Boudreaux, 22nd AS C-5M pilot and aircraft commander for the mission. "We're taking assets from the (continental United States) and delivering them to the Pacific region, enabling the Pacific Air Force mission."

Since the new 'M' model upgrades, the C-5M can now fly direct to Yokota AB without the need to stop at either Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, or Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The aircraft can also make the trip without the need to be refueled by a tanker, this saves time, money and aircraft for the Air Force.

"The channel completely changed when we got the M model," said Boudreaux.

The 22nd AS flies Pacific channel missions routinely - approximately three per month. Each mission is vital in projecting strategic power in the Pacific region.

"PAC channel missions are the lifeblood of the Air Force," said Capt. Scott Robinson, 22nd AS C-5M pilot. "While it may not be a glamorous mission, it keeps the Air Force moving. For anyone who has moved overseas, they know how important it is to get their unaccompanied baggage on time."

Robinson added that most unaccompanied baggage are pots, pans and other essential supplies, such as clothing and uniforms for military personnel and their families.

"It's items that arrive ahead of the individual so they can live and sustain their family while waiting on their household goods to arrive," said Robinson. "It's important it shows up on time so personnel don't have to go buy new uniforms or dishes."

The C-5M does more than just fly unaccompanied baggage. Most of the items moved by the C-5M are to help out the Army and Navy.

As a Transportation Command asset, the 22nd AS supports anything the Department of Defense needs moved, said Robinson.

"The Army has oversized trucks and helicopters that wouldn't otherwise be able to be shipped," said Boudreaux. "They need them fast and the C-5M can strategically place them faster than any other airframe. It is because of the weight we can take off with, as well as our range without needing to aerial refuel that makes the C-5M vital to the PAC channel mission."

Prior to heading back to Travis AFB, California, various cargo, including a main rotor blade for a Navy SH-60 Seahawk and more than 14 pallets of unaccompanied baggage for service members being reassigned to their next duty stations, were on-loaded to be delivered back to the United States.