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Jim Saxton
Transport planes play key role in Ebola, Islamic State battles

In Syria and Iraq, a well-equipped and well-funded ISIS army has spread across the two countries, taking over towns and terrorizing and dislocating thousands of people. In Liberia, the Ebola virus has spread across the West African country, crippling its economy, overwhelming government resources, and creating food shortages and transportation disruptions. The two crises are widely different but have one common need: the help and extended reach of the massive cargo and tanker planes flying out of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. Cavernous C-17 Globemaster III's are carrying much-needed food and medical supplies to Liberia while KC-10 Extenders are aerially refueling...