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Airmen deploy to Philippines in support of Operation Damayan

Airmen from the 36th Contingency Response Group load equipment into a C-130 Hercules before departing to support Operation Damayan in Tacloban, Philippines Nov. 14, 2013, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Pacific Air Forces is poised to provide any requested support to Operation Damayan and the Philippine government to rapidly deliver humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the areas the Philippine government deems most in need.

Airmen from the 36th Contingency Response Group load equipment into a C-130 Hercules before departing to support Operation Damayan in Tacloban, Philippines Nov. 14, 2013, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Pacific Air Forces is poised to provide any requested support to Operation Damayan and the Philippine government to rapidly deliver humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the areas the Philippine government deems most in need.

A C-130 Hercules takes off transporting Airmen and equipment in support of Operation Damayan Nov. 14, 2013, from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Pacific Air Forces sent a C-130 from 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan, with a 12-member assessment team from the 36th Contingency Response Group. The assessment team will determine if the Tacloban airfield is able to receive follow on aircraft, particularly, C-17 Globemaster IIIs.

A C-130 Hercules takes off transporting Airmen and equipment in support of Operation Damayan Nov. 14, 2013, from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Pacific Air Forces sent a C-130 from 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan, with a 12-member assessment team from the 36th Contingency Response Group. The assessment team will determine if the Tacloban airfield is able to receive follow on aircraft, particularly, C-17 Globemaster IIIs.

Airmen from the 36th Contingency Response Group secure equipment onto a Humvee Nov. 14, 2013, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, before departing to support Operation Damayan in Tacloban, Philippines. The Humvee will be used to access the airfield at Tacloban to determine if it is fit to receive C-17 Globemaster IIIs with supplies and equipment in support of the relief efforts.

Airmen from the 36th Contingency Response Group secure equipment onto a Humvee Nov. 14, 2013, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, before departing to support Operation Damayan in Tacloban, Philippines. The Humvee will be used to access the airfield at Tacloban to determine if it is fit to receive C-17 Globemaster IIIs with supplies and equipment in support of the relief efforts.

Senior Airman Timothy Oberman secures a Humvee inside an aircraft, Nov. 14, 2013, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, before departing in support Operation Damayan in Tacloban, Philippines. The U.S. military’s ability to respond rapidly to the Philippine government’s request reaffirms the value of the close cooperation our two nations share. The Filipino people are responding to this setback with characteristic resilience, aided by the effective measures their government took to help prepare them for the storm. Oberman is a 36th Airlift Squadron C-130 Hercules loadmaster.

Senior Airman Timothy Oberman secures a Humvee inside an aircraft, Nov. 14, 2013, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, before departing insupport Operation Damayan in Tacloban, Philippines. The U.S. military’s ability to respond rapidly to the Philippine government’s request reaffirms the value of the close cooperation our two nations share. The Filipino people are responding to this setback with characteristic resilience, aided by the effective measures their government took to help prepare them for the storm. Oberman is a 36th Airlift Squadron C-130 Hercules loadmaster.

Airmen from the 36th Contingency Response Group conduct and equipment check before departing in support Operation Damayan Nov. 14, 2013, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The U.S. military is working with the Philippine government to rapidly deliver humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the areas the Philippine government deems most in need. The U.S.- Philippines visiting forces agreement helped facilitate this response.

Airmen from the 36th Contingency Response Group conduct and equipment check before departing in support Operation Damayan Nov. 14, 2013, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The U.S.military is working with the Philippine government to rapidly deliver humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the areas the Philippine government deems most in need. The U.S.- Philippines visiting forces agreement helped facilitate this response.

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) --

The 374th Airlift Wing here deployed a C-130 Hercules aircraft Nov. 13, in support of Operation Damayan.  

Operation Damayan is a U.S. humanitarian aid and disaster relief effort in the Philippines, in the wake of the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan.

The aircraft carried a full complement of crew members and aircraft maintenance personnel and stopped at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Nov. 14, to pick up supplies and personnel destined for the typhoon-stricken area.

"(Yokota AB) stands beside the people of the Philippines," said Col. Clarence Lukes, the 374th Airlift Wing vice commander. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families as we airlift aid to restore stability and normalcy to those affected in the region."

The C-130 is a heavy cargo and personnel transport that is capable of operating in the most austere environments. It is capable of airdropping loads up to 42,000 pounds. Additionally, the C-130 can be rapidly reconfigured for various types of cargo such as palletized equipment, floor-loaded material, container delivery system bundles, vehicles and aeromedical evacuation equipment.

"Our personnel are trained and ready to support disaster relief operations," Lukes said.

A 12-member assessment team from the 36th Contingency Response Group joined the Airmen from Yokota AB. They will determine if the Tacloban airfield in the Philippines is able to receive follow on aircraft, particularly, C-17 Globemaster IIIs. They also delivered two Humvees and two all-terrain vehicles to help assess the airfield.

 (Information courtesy of 374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs, Pacific Command Public Affairs and 36th Wing Public Affairs)