Spangdahlem supports POTUS visit to EUCOM theater

Seven Boeing C-17 Globermaster III aircrafts remain parked on the 726th Air Mobility Squadron passenger terminal flightline at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 22, 2016. The squadron enables the delivery of war-fighting and humanitarian equipments and supplies through rapid global air mobility, providing air transportation, cargo, maintenance and enroute support to Allied and American Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

Seven Boeing C-17 Globermaster III aircrafts remain parked on the 726th Air Mobility Squadron passenger terminal flightline at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 22, 2016. The squadron enables the delivery of war-fighting and humanitarian equipments and supplies through rapid global air mobility, providing air transportation, cargo, maintenance and enroute support to Allied and American Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

Two Airmen from the 726th Air Mobility Squadron begin to refuel a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III on the flightline at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 22, 2016. A strategic transit hub in Europe, the 726th AMS provides support for heavy cargo aircraft and aircrews passing through Spangdahlem, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

Two Airmen from the 726th Air Mobility Squadron begin to refuel a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III on the flightline at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 22, 2016. A strategic transit hub in Europe, the 726th AMS provides support for heavy cargo aircraft and aircrews passing through Spangdahlem, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

An Airman assigned to the 726th Air Mobility Squadron coils a chord during a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III refuel on the flightline at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 22, 2016. The squadron supports passing heavy cargo aircraft through refueling, cargo and crew maintenance and other necessities required for mission success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

An Airman assigned to the 726th Air Mobility Squadron coils a chord during a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III refuel on the flightline at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 22, 2016. The squadron supports passing heavy cargo aircraft through refueling, cargo and crew maintenance and other necessities required for mission success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

An Airman assigned to the 726th Air Mobility Squadron supervises a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III refueling process on the flightline at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 22, 2016. During the refuel, one Airman must monitor the communication line to ensure the completion of the process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

An Airman assigned to the 726th Air Mobility Squadron supervises a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III refueling process on the flightline at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 22, 2016. During the refuel, one Airman must monitor the communication line to ensure the completion of the process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Hunter Stewart, a 726th Air Mobility Squadron instruments and flight control journeyman, talks into a two-way radio during a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III refuel on the flightline at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 22, 2016. The squadron emphasizes safe and secure communication to ensure aircraft can effectively carry out their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Hunter Stewart, a 726th Air Mobility Squadron instruments and flight control journeyman, talks into a two-way radio during a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III refuel on the flightline at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 22, 2016. The squadron emphasizes safe and secure communication to ensure aircraft can effectively carry out their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- The 726th Air Mobility Squadron recently supported a large C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft stage operation in support of the President of the United States' visit to Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and Germany. 

The 726th AMS and 52nd Fighter Wing supported over 50 C-17 arrival and departures throughout a two and half week period in April. 

Serving as the primary C-17 logistics hub for the operation, the 726th AMS, along with their 52nd FW partners, provided command and control, aircraft maintenance, fueling, aircraft servicing and aircrew support for the high-priority missions. 

In total, the 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron's petroleum, oil and lubricants flight uploaded more than half a million gallons of fuel to departing aircraft, while 726th AMS personnel conducted multiple maintenance actions including seven aircraft deicing events due to the late April snow showers. 

Additionally, 726th AMS personnel processed and enabled the safe transport of over 400 passengers and 1.4 million pounds of cargo to include four helicopters and 15 vehicles.

This presidential support operation, along with the 726th AMS' routine missions, culminated in the squadron's busiest airflow period in over two years, with some missions launching or landing beyond the normal airfield operating hours.

"The combined efforts and seamless support between the 726th AMS and 52nd FW not only ensured these missions were successful but also demonstrated Spangdahlem's readiness and proficiency to support large scale mobility operations in the future," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Justin Swartzmiller, 726th AMS commander.