Today: An average of 11 times a day, giant transport planes lumber out of Charleston Air Force Base, headed for Afghanistan.
Monday: It's clear from what's happening at Bagram Airfield - the Afghan end of the Charleston-to-Afghanistan lifeline - that the U.S. military won't be packing up soon.
Tuesday: Securing Bagram Airfield is the responsibility of an officer from Sumter's Shaw Air Force Base.
Wednesday: Sixty S.C. soldiers in a helicopter unit, based at Eastover's National Guard base, are nearing the end of a yearlong tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Thursday: An airdrop of supplies to isolated U.S. troops marks the end of the Charleston-to-Afghanistan air bridge. It also shows how the war in Afghanistan is changing the Air Force.
Friday: With more than 60,000 U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan, the U.S. casualty toll is soaring. So, too, is the work at a Bagram hospital that counts South Carolinians among its staff.
Saturday: The airmen of Sumter's Shaw Air Force Base are adapting their sleek F-16s fighter jets to hunt bombs buried in Afghan roadbeds and Taliban insurgent fighters. Also, a year after the S.C. National Guard's 218th Brigade ended its Afghan tour of duty, a look at how the war in Afghanistan has changed.
ABOUT THIS SERIES
Reporter Chuck Crumbo of The State recently returned from two weeks in Afghanistan, where he covered U.S. Air Force airlift missions from Charleston Air Force Base. Crumbo previously has reported extensively from Afghanistan, covering the yearlong deployment of the S.C. National Guard's 218th Brigade Combat there. He also has covered Charleston air crews in Iraq.
Go to thestate.com to read previous stories on South Carolina's role in Afghanistan.