Joint Base Charleston will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the C-17 Globemaster III by recognizing the first C-17 in the Air Force inventory reaching 20,000 flight hours.

Col. Darren Hartford, 437 Airlift Wing commander, and Col. James Fontanella, 315th Airlift Wing commander, will make remarks at the ceremony, set for Wednesday afternoon at Charleston Air Force Base.

The C-17 Globemaster III is billed as being capable of rapid and strategic delivery of troops and cargo into all sorts of military theaters.

There are currently 53 C-17s assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston.

Since 1993, more than 200 C-17s have been produced and delivered throughout the Air Force, according to the Pentagon.