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year, delivering worldwide reach for major conflicts and deployed personnel support- ing Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). For OIR, the 50th APS supported the larg- est aerial port in the area of responsibility. The squadron planned/loaded the largest C-5 load in Air Force history, expediting US Marine Corps (USMC) retrograde. The 50th APS also lead a joint inspection pro- cessing passengers and cargo/weapons for the 7th Special Forces Group redeployment. The unit supported the Mazar-I-Sharif closure on 480 NATO missions, with a 100


percent on-time record. In addition, the squadron facilitated the USMC 2nd Bat- talion forward deployment in support of the Iraq Crisis. The 50th APS synchronized 385 airlift missions and sea movements with four bases for 722 combat vehicle movements, totaling $784M in Air Forces Central Command assets retrograded. Other impressive accomplishments in- clude coordinating with 1st Theater Sus- tainment Command to ship vital lifeline supplies in support of the fight against Da’ish, leading Army counter-IED [im- provised explosive device] airlift prepara-


tion; coordinating airlift requirements that enabled forward operating base setup in Ramadi, and leading 20th Special Forces Group Yemen recovery effort.


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French Nationals on airfield management. In addition, the squadron provided training to German and Hungarian personnel on best practices. The unit received recognized by Jordanian government. The squadron’s exceptional readiness also allowed it to pro- vide no-notice earthquake relief to Nepal.


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USCGC CYPRESS demonstrated a stead- fast ability to safeguard the maritime trans- portation system across the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. CYPRESS’ execution of aids to navigation (ATON), waterways management, marine environmental pro- tection, and other law enforcement activi- ties promoted a safe, efficient and environ- mentally sound transportation system. CYPRESS’ execution of primary ATON exceeded Commandant performance met- rics with aid availability consistently above 99.5 percent and calculation of ATON serviced on time at 99 percent. This en- sured safe navigation across District Eight, including 17 of the nation’s 40 top tonnage ports and an expansive offshore zone with more than 6,500 oil and gas platforms. In 2015, CYPRESS was also critical in


supporting US maritime transportation interests throughout the Caribbean during the yearlong mid-life decommissioning of USCGC OAK. Covering twice the normal area of responsibility, CYPRESS provided superior cross-district and international ATON support throughout Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. In addition, CYPRESS collaborated across


government agencies to decrease waste and improve efficiency of the maritime transpor- tation system. During 2015, CYPRESS proved time and again its versatility, efficiency and interagency collaboration to support a healthy maritime transportation system in some of the nation’s busiest and most di- verse waterways. DTJ


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