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By Adam Ashton
Copyright The (Tacoma, Wash.) News Tribune
The Army and Air Force at Joint Base Lewis-McChord teamed up Monday for a mission they consider routine in war zones but rare at home: packing 20-ton Stryker vehicles on cargo jets and taking them on a flight.
“We’ve been doing this real world for a while,” said Air Force Tech. Sgt. Scott Templin of Tacoma, Wash., as he buckled a Stryker into the bay of a C-17 Globemaster III cargo jet. He helped fly Strykers into Iraq during the war’s “surge.”
At home, however, the Army and Air Force have not collaborated on a training mission with Strykers for eight years, even though the Army’s largest Stryker fleet is parked just a few miles from more than 50 Air Force C-17s.
Back in 2006, the two sides of the installation were still called McChord Air Field and Fort Lewis. Now they’re merged and are supposed to work with each other as much as they can.