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Hurricane Maria Airman shares story of family, service in wake of natural disasters
Growing up in Puerto Rico five miles from Roosevelt Roads, one Airman from Travis Air Force Base, California knows all too well the dangers due to the location of the island. “Since I was a child, my family would always stock pile food and water in preparation for the hurricane season,” said Capt. Christian Ocasio, 821st Contingency Response Support Squadron civil engineering officer. “There would always be a powerful storm heading straight toward us, but would change directions at the last minute.” That’s exactly what Hurricane Irma did after devastating the U.S. Virgin Islands. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Ocasio and his team were sent to the Virgin Islands to perform an airfield assessment of airports in St. Thomas and St. Croix.
0 11/09
2017
The USNS Brittin (T-AKR-305) departs Joint Base Charleston, S.C., to Ponce, Puerto Rico Oct. 31, 2017. JB Charleston partnership enables sealift relief efforts to Puerto Rico
The first humanitarian relief supplies sealifted from Joint Base Charleston to Ponce, Puerto Rico departed here Oct. 31.   In the hours following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Joint Base Charleston C-17 Globemaster IIIs responded delivering more than 1,700 tons of aid, supplies and medical teams to affected areas. The C-17’s have the ability to get to austere locations quickly, the amount of cargo it can carry is limited. The USNS Brittin (T-AKR-305) is scheduled to travel between Joint Base Charleston and Puerto Rico several times over the next few months. The first trip is bringing essentials such as food, water and vehicles to get aid to areas where mudslides have created access issues. Later deliveries will provide the equipment to restore utilities and rebuild the infrastructure on the island.
0 10/31
2017
U.S. Army Spc. Derek J. Karbowski, with the 640th Transportation Detachment Tampa, Fla., inspects equipment as it arrives at an initial staging area here Oct. 21 as part of sustained efforts aiding the rebuilding of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Joint, interagency partners establish ISB for hurricane relief efforts
Joint Base Charleston has been established as the central hub for sustained efforts aiding the rebuilding of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
0 10/26
2017
Beeliners bring humanitarian aid to St. Croix BEEliners bring humanitarian aid to St. Croix
As U.S. Army and Marine Corps helicopters delivered humanitarian aid throughout St. Croix, a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III from Travis AFB, California, landed Sept. 23, at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, bringing humanitarian aid to residents affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The C-17 crew assigned to the 21st Airlift Squadron, also known as BEEliners, received the St. Croix humanitarian aid tasking after completing another humanitarian relief mission to Mexico City.
0 9/26
2017
Senior Airman Kenny Phonsyry, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs preflight checks at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Sept. 23, 2017. The 14th Airlift Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing, flew a mobile air traffic control tower, food and water to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands in support of Hurricane Maria relief efforts. JB Charleston crew provides Maria relief within hours
Members of the 14th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency completed a humanitarian mission in support of Hurricane Maria to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sept. 23, 2017.
0 9/26
2017
Airmen from the 123rd Airlift Wing load equipment and vehicles onto a C-130 Hercules aircraft at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 20, 2017. The cargo will be used by members of the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, who deployed to the Caribbean on Sept. 20 to conduct relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Kentucky ANG deploy to Caribbean for Hurricane Maria relief operations
Seven Special Tactics Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard departed the Kentucky ANG base, Louisville, Sept. 20, 2017, for the Caribbean where they will open airfields for humanitarian aid deliveries and resident evacuations in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the third major hurricane to hit the region in the past month.
0 9/21
2017
ech. Sgt. Robert Dones, 349th Medical Squadron surgical technician, poses for portrait at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., on Sept. 9, 2017. On Sept. 2, Dones went hiking on the Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge near Portland, Ore. While on the hike, a forest fire broke out. Dones helped gather a group of hikers who were stranded on the trail with the fire separating them from their way back. Approximately 150 hikers were led to safety aided by Dones. Travis AFB Airman leads Oregon forest fire rescue
Tech. Sgt. Rob Dones was simply out for a four-mile hike when a giant plume of smoke from a raging forest fire turned a casual date into a 22-plus hour rescue of more than 140 people.
0 9/12
2017
Hurricane Irma Relief Operations Travis AFB transports critical aid in support of Hurricane Irma relief operations
A C-17 Globemaster III departed Travis Air Force Base, California, during the early morning hours Sept. 9, 2017, enroute to Puerto Rico to deliver a team of search and rescue personnel assigned to Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Texas Task Force 1 in support of Hurricane Irma relief operations.
0 9/11
2017
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mason Forbush, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, looks out onto the flight deck mid-flight on a C-130J headed to Haiti Oct., 8, 2016. The C-130J, flown by the 61st Airlift Squadron, delievered supplies and personnel as part of humanitarian effort to Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 hurricane. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor) Little Rock Airmen provide humanitarian support to Haiti
Airmen from the 19th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base dedicated three C-130Js to the delivery of humanitarian aid and disaster relief response for Haiti on Oct. 7, 2016, after the Category 4 hurricane tore through the island. Currently, the U.S. Air Force is ferrying supplies to Haiti after Hurricane Matthew crippled access to the
0 10/12
2016
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