U.S. Troops Transport Rwandan Soldiers to Central African Republic

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tim Raymon,  directs a driver into position on a C-17 Globemaster III while picking up soldiers and equipment in Rwanda, Jan. 19, 2014. U.S. forces will transport 850 Rwandan soldiers and more than 1,000 tons of equipment into the Central African Republic to aid French and African Union operations against militants during a three-week operation. Raymon is a loadmaster assigned to the 62nd Airlift Wing. The wing and the Globemaster are based on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane
  • U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chase Vento inspects a Rwandan soldier's weapon before to allowing him on the C-17 Globemaster III in Kigali, Rwanda, Jan. 19, 2014. Vento is assigned to the 627th Security Forces Squadron Phoenix Raven. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane
  • Rwandan soldiers wait in line to board a C-17 Globemaster III in Kigali, Rwanda, Jan. 19, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane
  • Rwandan soldiers wait in line to board a C-17 Globemaster III in Kigali, Rwanda, Jan. 19, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane
  • Rwandan soldiers and their equipment fly on a C-17 Globemaster III from Rwanda to the Central Africa Republic , Jan. 19, 2014.  U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane
  • Rwandan soldiers form up after a C-17 Globemaster III dropped them off in the Central African Republic, Jan. 19, 2014.  U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane
  • U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Rivera fist bumps a Rwandan soldier as they trade vehicles in the Central African Republic, Jan. 19, 2014. Rivera is assigned to the 571st Contingency Response Group based out of Travis Air Force Base, Calif. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane
  • A Rwandan soldier exits a C-17 Globemaster III in the Central African Republic, Jan. 19, 2014. A refugee camp 100 yards away shows displaced residents due to fighting. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane
  • Refugees of the fighting in the Central African Republic observe Rwandan soldiers arriving to fight militants, Jan. 19, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane