Little Rock AFB stages aeromedical evac support for Hurricane Harvey

Three Airmen huddle together in an aircraft.

(From left) Staff Sgt. Nicole Pestka, Staff Sgt. April Hinojos and Tech. Sgt. Steve Constantin, 433rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron technicians from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, discuss upcoming evacuation procedures on Aug. 30, 2017, to provide relief and support to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 storm that made landfall near Rockport, Texas. Airmen from bases across Air Mobility Command gathered at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., to provide relief and support. More than 15,000 pounds of medical equipment and more than 20 aeromedical evacuation personnel are staged at Little Rock AFB for the effort. (U.S. Air Force photo by Amn Rhett Isbell)

Cargo is loaded onto a C-17 by U.S. Airmen at night.

Aerial Porters from the 19th Mission Support Group offload a C-17 Globemaster III from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., carrying supplies on Aug. 30, 2017, from Pope Field, N.C. Airmen from bases across Air Mobility Command gathered at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., to provide relief and support. More than 15,000 pounds of medical equipment and more than 20 aeromedical evacuation personnel are staged at Little Rock AFB for the effort. (U.S. Air Force photo by Amn Rhett Isbell)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- Airmen from the 19th Maintenance Group from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, offloaded a C-17 Globemaster III from Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina, carrying supplies from Pope Field, North Carolina, Aug. 31, 2017.

“As we support our joint warfighters and allies across the globe, we remain ready when called to assist in lifesaving efforts for Americans and those in need following any natural disaster or crisis,” said General Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander. “We’re proud to serve alongside our federal, state and local partners to assist our fellow citizens.”

Airmen from bases across Air Mobility Command gathered at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., to provide relief and support. More than 15,000 pounds of medical equipment and more than 20 aeromedical evacuation personnel are staged at Little Rock AFB to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Additionally, Little Rock AFB is postured to serve as an aeromedical evacuation staging location for ongoing Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. AE crews from several Air Force bases travelled here to provide lifesaving support to those injured in the storms brought by Hurricane Harvey once requested.

Little Rock AFB will host approximately 200 aeromedical evacuation, maintenance and aircrew members assisting those injured and will use assigned and gained C-130s to execute these missions.

Additionally, the 19th Airlift Wing postured a team of 20 airmen to support the Department of Veterans Affairs as it prepares to receive patients evacuated from affected area.

 

The team is ready to execute both mission sets and will commence operations as soon as directed by appropriate authorities.