No Ordinary Shredder

Posted 8 May 2013
Photo by SMSgt. George Thompson

US Airmen from the 9th Airlift Squadron at Dover AFB, Delaware, teamed with contractors from the Central Command Deployment & Distribution Operation Center and the Defense Logistics Agency to move a large Granutech Mobile Rotogrind Shredder from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy on 8 May 2013. This 87,000-pound machine, which has a 525 horsepower motor, is used to shred everything from paper and electronics to body armor and ballistic glass in a matter of seconds. The shredder was moved to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, to support the United States reduction of forces in Afghanistan. This was the first time this shredder had been moved on a C-5.