Big US Airlift Drill Starts Monday. Fresh Hamas Demands for Gilad Shalit: The United States launches a large-scale exercise over the Middle East deploying 41 giant transports of the 22nds Airlift Squadron Monday Oct. 17, the day before the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is scheduled to be released by Hamas. The US Transportation Command and its Air Forces Transportation will be testing its ability to provide a rapid strategic airlift response to major crises and contingencies. more HAWK'S NOTE: HERE IS THE GREEN LIGHT UNDER THE GUISE OF THE DRILL.......THIS COULD BE THE WEEK...........OR THE DRILL COULD BE CONTINUED QUIETLY THRU 10/26 THE DARK OF THE MOON.....OR EVEN UNTIL 11/7 AND 11/11/11. HEADS UP, AS THIS IS TELLTALE ACTIVITY FOR BIG STRIKE UPON IRAN, SYRIA, LEBANON, AND GAZA.....PLUS PROBABLE EGYPT AND OTHER MIDEAST COUNTRIES. WITH RESULTING COUNTERSTRIKES FROM COUNTRIES HIT.