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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
Royals are lifeline to hurricane survivors Dover Airmen lifeline to hurricane survivors
Dover Air Force Base Airmen have a proud history of delivering help in dire situations all across the world. No matter the circumstance, these men and women can be on site in a short amount of time providing hope for those in need. The 3rd Airlift Squadron from the 436th Airlift Wing supported relief efforts for Katrina and Haiti and the squadron continues this tradition with the C-17 Globemaster III by transporting essential recovery supplies to the survivors of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
0 10/03
2017
Department of Health and Human Services logistician throws a cargo net over a pallet on the flightline at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 21, 2017. This cargo included items needed to build a hospital from scratch – everything from the tents required to house the temporary structure to the medical equipment used to treat patients. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek) Dobbins serves as important hub for hurricane relief efforts
The flightline resembled a truck stop gas station this week as semitrucks were lined up in several rows behind the Transportation Proficiency Center, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Sept. 21, 2017. Trucks carried cargo vital to the relief efforts currently underway in countries lying in the destructive path of Hurricane Maria.
0 9/25
2017
Col. Jimmy Canlas, 437th Airlift Wing commander, welcomes home Airmen of the 437th AW returning with the final evacuated C-17 Globemaster III Sept. 15, 2017 due to Hurricane Irma’s potential landfall here. Twenty-two C-17s were evacuated to alternate locations and eight were diverted in response to the hurricane. Airmen of the 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron ensured the relocated aircraft were maintained and prepared to conduct hurricane recovery operations to the south from alternate installations including Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Last evacuated C-17 returns home
The final C-17 Globemaster III evacuated due to Hurricane Irma’s potential landfall returned here Sept. 15, 2017.
0 9/18
2017
An aircrew prepares a C-17 Globemaster III for takeoff prior to a mission to Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. Sept. 11, 2017. Days prior the crew flew the final mission out of MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. prior to Hurricane Irma making landfall in Florida. Aircrew sees Florida before, after Hurricane Irma
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A C-17 Globemaster III aircrew here flew the final mission out of MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 8, 2017 prior to Hurricane Irma making landfall. The flight was performed as part of an evacuation from JB Charleston to Scott Air Force Base, Illinois where 11 437th Airlift Wing C-17s were temporarily based to
0 9/15
2017
CRW answers the call 621st CRG supports Hurricane Irma relief efforts
In response to Hurricane Irma, the 621st CRW’s 621st Contingency Response Group deployed a contingency response element consisting of nearly 50 members, which included aerial port, maintenance, and command post specialists to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., where they arrived to support the Hurricane Irma relief efforts Sept. 12.
0 9/14
2017
Members of the 14th and 15th Airlift Squadrons transported a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control mobile tower from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Sept. 12. Airmen conduct historic mission to Virgin Islands following Irma
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AFNS) -- Members of the 14th and 15th Airlift Squadrons delivered a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control mobile tower from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sept. 12, 2017.The mobile ATC tower was sent in response to Hurricane Irma to
0 9/13
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
Healthcare professionals requested by the National Disaster Medical System and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are aboard a C-17 Globemaster III as part of the Hurricane Irma response. Air Force delivers doctors, aid to Florida
Three C-17s from Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina and Dover Air Force Base, Delaware flew more than 300 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to Orlando Sept. 9, in anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s landfall Sept. 10.
0 9/10
2017
Healthcare professionals requested by the National Disaster Medical System and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are aboard a C-17 Globemaster III as part of the Hurricane Irma response. AMC C-17s give reach to the hands that heal
Air Mobility Command C-17 Globemaster IIIs were tasked by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in coordination with various state and federal agencies to transport approximately 300 healthcare professionals in preparation for Hurricane Irma disaster response operations.
0 9/09
2017
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