Joint Base Charleston Provides Relief to Hurricane Victims
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (WOLO) – The first round of relief from Joint Base Charleston has been flown to aid recovery efforts in Southeast Texas.
The JB Charleston Public Affairs Office reports two C-17 Globemaster III left the base Tuesday, carrying 30.6 tons of supplies. The aircraft landed at Alexandra International Airport in Alexandria, Louisiana, where the cargo was offloaded and distributed as needed.
Lt. Col. Erin Meinders, 437th Operations Group deputy commander, said preparations for the mission started Friday when four aircrews were placed on alert status. As the crews left Tuesday, additional crews were ready to launch to continue supporting relief efforts.
A spokesperson said the aircrews were comprised of members from the 14th, 15th and 16th Airlift Squadrons. Each time a crew was called upon, Lt. Co. Meinders said, they were able to depart within three hours.
“The members of the 437th Operations Group have done an amazing job identifying and preparing crews, launching crews off of alert, and immediately reconstituting those crews as soon as they launch,” said Meinders. “It’s amazing to see how hard the crews and squadron support personnel work. It’s even more humbling to see how they’ve surged to help out their fellow Americans. They’re excited to bring hope and relief to folks that have been impacted by the storm … and we’re very proud of them.”
A spokesperson said a crew member aboard one of the aircraft is actually a native of Texas.
“Being from Texas, I jumped at the opportunity to do this,” said Senior Airman Justin Hampton, 16th Airlift Squadron loadmaster. “I’m not able to be home to help my family and friends, but being able to do this humanitarian aid for the hurricane allows me to extend some help to anyone in need right now and that is rewarding all in its own.”