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Heritage flight, 120,000 pounds of cargo delivered

Photos of Airmen loading cargo onto a C-5M Super Galaxy at JBLM and delivering the cargo to Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Keenyn Duncan, 22nd Airlift Squadron C-5M Super Galaxy pilot, stands in front of a C-5M April 2, 2021, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. An all-female crew assigned to Travis AFB flew the C-5M that delivered 120,000 pounds of cargo from JBLM to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathon Carnell)

Photos of Airmen loading cargo onto a C-5M Super Galaxy at JBLM and delivering the cargo to Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Airmen assigned to the 22nd Airlift Squadron from Travis Air Force Base, California, offload 120,000 pounds of cargo from a C-5M Super Galaxy April 1, 2021, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. An all-female crew assigned to Travis AFB flew the C-5M that delivered 120,000 pounds of cargo from JBLM to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathon Carnell)

Photos of Airmen loading cargo onto a C-5M Super Galaxy at JBLM and delivering the cargo to Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

A women’s heritage flight patch is displayed on the uniform of Airman 1st Class Summer Thomas, 312th Airlift Squadron loadmaster student, April 1, 2021, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. An all-female crew assigned to Travis AFB flew the C-5M that delivered 120,000 pounds of cargo from JBLM to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathon Carnell)

Photos of Airmen loading cargo onto a C-5M Super Galaxy at JBLM and delivering the cargo to Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

A K loader holding six ISU-90 containers moves toward a C-5M Super Galaxy March 31, 2021, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. An all-female crew assigned to Travis AFB flew the C-5M that delivered 120,000 pounds of cargo from JBLM to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathon Carnell)

photos of cargo being moved by Airmen assigned to the 22nd Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chelsea Boehme, 22nd Airlift Squadron flight engineer, scans a C-5M Super Galaxy April 1, 2021, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. An all-female crew assigned to Travis AFB flew the C-5M that delivered 120,000 pounds of cargo from JBLM to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathon Carnell)

Photos of Airmen loading cargo onto a C-5M Super Galaxy at JBLM and delivering the cargo to Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Eighteen ISU-90 containers sit in a C-5M Super Galaxy March 31, 2021, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. An all-female crew assigned to Travis AFB flew the C-5M that delivered 120,000 pounds of cargo from JBLM to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathon Carnell)

Photos of Airmen loading cargo onto a C-5M Super Galaxy at JBLM and delivering the cargo to Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chelsea Boehme, 22nd Airlift Squadron flight engineer, scans a C-5M Super Galaxy April 1, 2021, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. An all-female crew assigned to Travis AFB flew the C-5M that delivered 120,000 pounds of cargo from JBLM to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathon Carnell)

Photo of a C-5M Super Galaxy on the flight line at Hickam AFB, Hawaii.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Keenyn Duncan, right, and 1st Lt. Lily Forlini, center, both 22nd Airlift Squadron C-5M Super Galaxy pilots, walk on the flight line April 1, 2021, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. An all-female crew assigned to Travis AFB flew the C-5M that delivered 120,000 pounds of cargo from JBLM to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathon Carnell)

photos of cargo being moved by Airmen assigned to the 22nd Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Airman 1st Class Summer Thomas, 312th Airlift Squadron loadmaster student, tests an oxygen mask and tank in a C-5M Super Galaxy, April 2, 2021, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. An all-female crew assigned to Travis AFB flew the C-5M that delivered 120,000 pounds of cargo from JBLM to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathon Carnell)

Photos of Airmen loading cargo onto a C-5M Super Galaxy at JBLM and delivering the cargo to Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Heather Denny, 22nd Airlift Squadron C-5M Super Galaxy instructor pilot and aircraft commander, works on a preflight checklist April 2, 2021, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. An all-female crew assigned to Travis AFB flew the C-5M that delivered 120,000 pounds of cargo from JBLM to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathon Carnell)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The 22nd Airlift Squadron from Travis Air Force Base, California, and the 312th AS partnered to load and deliver 120,000 pounds of cargo from Joint Base Lewis-McChord AFB, Washington, to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 31 to April 2.

The cargo mission provided an opportunity for 12 aircrew members and two flying crew chiefs to enhance their capabilities for the Air Mobility Command mission.

“The equipment shipped will be assisting training programs for units at Hickam,” said Capt. Heather Denny, 22nd Airlift Squadron instructor pilot and aircraft commander. “When we get to fill a C-5 with as much as we did for this mission, we challenge our aircrew.”

Three Air Force Reserve loadmasters assigned to the 312th Airlift Squadron accompanied the 22nd AS and loaded the C-5M Super Galaxy with 18 industrial-sized containers that nearly filled the cargo bay of the aircraft.

Denny explained how this mission was unique compared to others.

“When the C-5M Galaxy was first introduced to the Air Force (1970), I doubt there were enough female aircrew members to meet the flight requirements to complete a mission,” said Master Sgt. Kristen Lewis, 312th AS instructor loadmaster. “Today, though, we can man this aircraft and train our younger airmen who will carry on and further our legacy of being female aviators.”

Denny further explained just how rare it is to have an all-female crew and what the experience meant to her.

“I’ve been in the squadron for four years and I’ve never been part of an all-female crew before,” said Denny. “This is a mission I will remember for the rest of my life.”

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