Despite removing its military personnel from Ukraine at the height of Russian control, the US has continued to give the Ukrainian government financial and military assistance.
The Scott Air Force Base, a bastion keeping a watch on all the weapons needed to convey to Ukraine to succeed in the armed conflict against Russia, is behind the frameworks of Ukraine’s strongest alliance.
Scott Air Force Base is located in St. Clair County, Illinois, 17 miles southeast of downtown St. Louis, close to Belleville and O’Fallon. Following America’s entry into World War I in April 1917, 32 Air Service training facilities were built, Scott Field being one of them.
Since the conflict between Russia and Ukraine erupted four months ago, the Biden administration has provided the Ukrainian government with military aid worth billions of dollars. These military tools include the Mi-17 helicopter and American-made machine guns, howitzers, and artillery rocket launchers that the Ukrainian Military continues to utilize.
Military personnel and civilian employees, together with the United States Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, choose whether to send these military supplies to Ukraine via air or sea.
Several thousand logistics specialists from each branch of the armed forces work at the United States Transportation Command, often known as Transcom, at Scott Air Force Base; this is also where a handful of former transport planes are displayed just outside the main gate.
Scott Air Force Base is also called a “combatant command” in military jargon. It is on par with well-known agencies in the authority of some areas of the world, such as Central Command and Indo-Pacific Command. The base also obtains its commands from the secretary of defense.
Every supply of military aid from the United States to Ukraine, which commenced in August and picked up speed following the Russian incursion, has been carefully planned out by Transcom.
Meanwhile, the method of shipment starts with a request from the Ukrainian government being sent to a contact center on an American facility in Stuttgart, Germany, where a consortium of more than 40 countries organizes the assistance.
While some orders are filled by a partner or ally of the United States, the remainder is processed and routed via the United States European Command, going to Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They discuss them in regular meetings with the service chiefs and combatant commanders.
On that note, if all the necessary military supplies are available and they decide that giving to Ukraine would not adversely affect its alliance’s battle plans, Austin would receive a recommendation from General Milley. Then, he will relay that recommendation to President Biden. After that, Transcom plans out how to transport the assistance, whether to a seaport or an airport close to Ukraine, if the president gives its signal by signing the recommendation.
Despite providing the quickest delivery method, military cargo aircraft like C-17s have the most lavish operating expenses. A fleet of contracted, commercially owned aircraft, including 747s, which can each carry twice as much weight as a C-17, handle around half of Transcom’s airfreight.
The 618th Air Operations Center, a one-story brick structure holding Transcom’s headquarters, was where the command to transfer the Russian helicopter c-17 was issued. In the same center, where around 850 active-duty airmen, reservists, and civilians spend all the time plotting operations like the helicopter voyage, Colonel Buente oversees daily operations.
The responsibility for seeing that those objectives are followed and carried out rests on a small team that tracks the flow of missions presented on a continually updated screen centered on the rear wall to completion. This group works in shifts of 60 individuals, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Not only that, when necessary, the same aircraft also bring humanitarian aid and other goods, such as shipments of baby formula in May, to help the United States deal with a limited supply.
Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost of the Air Force, who is only the second female officer to head one of the Pentagon’s 11 combatant commands, is in charge of enforcing everything.
On August 27, Biden approved the first $60 million delivery of American weapons, equipment, and supplies for Ukraine. General Van Ovost said it took about a month to load the supplies onto the aircraft after they were cleared.