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Little Rock AFB accepts military aircraft in response to Hurricane Irma

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) -- Little Rock Air Force Base received various aircraft and their crews assigned to multiple military installations along the East Coast in preparation for Hurricane Irma, Sept. 9, 2017.

Personnel from Hurlburt Field, Florida, along with U-28As, CV-22 Ospreys, MC-130H Combat Talon II’s and other aircraft are bedding down at Little Rock AFB until the potential for bad weather is over.

Hurricane Irma threatens a large part of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, and aircraft along the potential path are relocating as a precaution to ensure the least amount of damage.

The relocation to Little Rock AFB ensures aircraft and aircrews from those installations are out of harm’s way until they can safely return to their home station.

“Our military weather professionals continue to monitor Hurricane Irma,” said Col. Christopher Lambert, 19th Airlift Wing vice commander,” “We stand ready to support our brothers and sisters in arms and our thoughts and prayers are with the communities affected by the storm.”

Additionally, leadership announced Little Rock AFB is standing by to deploy any assets needed if ordered to the recovery and aid in the wake of Hurricane Irma’s destruction.