MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. ‚Äì A C-17 Globemaster III flew to Travis Air Force Base, Calif., to pick up and deliver cargo to McAllen-Miller International Airport in McAllen, Texas, in preparation for Hurricane Ike.
Four other McChord aircrews are also on alert status and ready to respond quickly to various relief scenarios related to Hurricane Ike.
“McChord Airmen are currently responding to Hurricane Ike preparation and are postured to expand those preparation actions as needed,” said Col. Jeffrey Stephenson, 62nd Airlift Wing commander. “Our Airmen stand ready to demonstrate their flexibly and employ rapid mobility power once again. Global presence and impact is our promise to our nation and we will continue to keep it.”
C-17 crews will be airborne within hours to respond to the nation’s needs. The C-17’s capabilities allow for timely delivery of specialized teams and equipment, evacuation of citiznes, movement of day-to-day cargo, and aeromedical specialists to provide ICU-level care in flight when required.
During Hurricane Gustav operations, Team McChord aided Air Mobility Command in evacuating 8,074 general population people from Louisiana, delivering 506 tons of equipment and supplies; and medevacing 573 patients.Print This Post