Airdrop poundage in Afghanistan has nearly doubled each year since 2006, reaching a record-shattering 60.4 million pounds in 2010, announced Air Mobility Command officials, Jan. 19, 2011. The remote deployment of forces and lack of extensive infrastructure in Afghanistan have driven the high demand for aerial provisioning and resupply from the war's opening days in late 2001. The surge of an additional 30,000 US troops into Afghanistan in 2010 pushed that demand higher still. Here, supply bundles exit a C-130J during an airdrop mission over Afghanistan, Oct 7, 2010.
Air Force photo by TSgt. Chad Chisholm
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