TYNDALL AIR FORCE
BASE, Fla. -- Air Forces Northern air
mobility planners surpassed 1,500 flights Sept. 30 when 32 relief flights were
completed to St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“Our priority is
ensuring we coordinate the strategic airlift to meet FEMA requirements for
relief personnel, equipment and other commodities needed to bring some comfort
to the people impacted by the storms,” said Brig. Gen. TJ Kennett, ANFORTH’s director of mobility forces.
A team of about 50
air mobility planners assigned to the
601st Air Operations Center’s Air Mobility Division have been
working around the clock since Hurricane Harvey first approached the coast of
Texas in late August to coordinate and synchronize Air Force and commercial
strategic airlift to support FEMA’s disaster relief efforts.
“We’ve been very busy supporting FEMA and the
Air National Guard since Hurricane Harvey Impacted Texas in August, and we’ve
maintained that pace ensuring the Air Force is able to deliver personnel,
equipment and relief supplies where they are needed most,” said Kennett.
tTen flights to St.
Croix and 22 flights to San Juan carried water, meals-ready-to-eat, disaster
relief supplies and support personnel on Sept 30. As of Oct. 1, the
team has coordinated more than 1,600 missions.
Of the 1,509 air
mobility flights conducted as of the end of Saturday’s airlift, 893 were
tallied in support of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Thus far in support of FEMA’s Hurricane Maria
relief efforts for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, AFNORTH has coordinated 722
Kennett said, “We are all motivated knowing that lives can
be saves by our ability to get needed relief supplies to the region. So we’ll
keep working around the clock until we’re told mission is complete."