How Is the U.S. Air Force's C-130J Faring in the Pacific?

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has the largest area of responsibility of the American military's combatant commands. Covering about half the Earth's surface, the command's area of responsibility stretches from the waters off the West Coast of the continental United States to the western border of India, and from Antarctica to the North Pole.

Add to that the large tracts of ocean and the thousands of small, less well-off islands that are often vulnerable to natural disasters that lie within the command's area, and it becomes clear airlift is a vital element in such a large theater to support logistical needs for U.S. military operations in the region.

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