TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The 60th Air Mobility Wing is preparing to send two more aircraft loaded with critical COVID-19 medical supplies to India to help front-line medical workers combat the recent spread of COVID-19 in that country.
“This is what my troops train for: to represent the United States of America in a humanitarian crisis or a national defense contingency,” said John Buchanan, 60th Aerial Port Squadron Civilian Operations Officer.
On April 28, a C-5M Super Galaxy and a C-17 Globemaster III left Travis AFB carrying the initial shipments of more than $100 million in medical supplies the U.S. government is donating to India through the U.S. Agency for International Development. Those flights contained multiple pallets of oxygen cylinders and regulators, N95 masks and COVID-19 rapid diagnostic kits. Both aircraft landed Friday, April 30 (India Standard Time). Two additional aircraft are projected to depart the base for India later today, carrying similar supplies. The total assistance package will include oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, oxygen generation units, personnel protective equipment, rapid diagnostic tests and therapeutics, as well as vaccine manufacturing supplies.
“Right now, this is the number one mission for Travis,” said Buchanan. “Thousands and thousands of people need help. It’s about the bigger picture.”
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About Travis Air Force Base: Travis is comprised of our host unit, the 60th Air Mobility Wing, along with the 621st Contingency Response Wing, the 349th Air Mobility Wing and more than 50 partner organizations, with more than 26,000 Travis active duty, reservists and civilian employees assigned. The 60th Air Mobility Wing is the largest air mobility organization in the Air Force with a versatile fleet of C-5M Super Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III cargo and KC-10 Extender refueling aircraft. As the host unit of Travis Air Force Base, the wing controls more than $11 billion in total resources and handles more cargo and passengers than any other military air terminal in the United States. Travis is the West Coast terminal for aeromedical evacuation aircraft returning sick or injured patients from the Pacific area. For more information, go to www.travis.af.mil.