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AMC, Air Forces Transportation support Hurricane Matthew response efforts

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  • 18th Air Force Public Affairs

Air Forces Transportation has taken the following measures in support of Hurricane Matthew response efforts.

  • AFTRANS conducted six missions to evacuate 721 personnel and 79 pets from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. The effort included four C-17 aircraft from the 437th Airlift Wing stationed at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, and two C-130 aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.  
  • AFTRANS deployed a 34-member team from the 621st Contingency Response Wing from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, consisting of command and control, airfield assessment, aerial port, aircraft maintenance, contracting, and security forces to Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport, Port Au Prince, Haiti. This team will link up with personnel from U.S. Army's Rapid Port Opening Element and Defense Logistics Agency at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., to form a Joint Assessment Team that will survey initial needs and establish mobility capabilities at the Port Au Prince International Airport. The 621st CRW is highly-specialized in rapidly deploying personnel to quickly open airfields and establish, expand, sustain, and coordinate air mobility operations alongside joint and intra-agency partners. "

  • Air crews and aircraft from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas; Dover Air Force Base, Delaware; and JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst have been placed on stand-by to support Hurricane response missions as required. 

  • Three members of the 621st Contingency Response Wing have been deployed to augment the 601st Air Mobility Division at the 601st Air Operations Center, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. 

  • A C-17 from Dover AFB and a C-130J from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, flew to Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, to provide mobility support to the Special Marine Air/Ground Task Force conducting hurricane relief efforts in Haiti. 

AFTRANS stands ready to support swift and coordinated relief efforts at home and abroad to save lives and alleviate human suffering in the aftermath of this powerful hurricane. 


As Air Mobility Command’s sole warfighting numbered air force, 18th Air Force is responsible for the command’s worldwide operational mission of providing rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America’s armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation, and contingency response.