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Hurricane Maria Airman shares story of family, service in wake of natural disasters
Growing up in Puerto Rico five miles from Roosevelt Roads, one Airman from Travis Air Force Base, California knows all too well the dangers due to the location of the island. “Since I was a child, my family would always stock pile food and water in preparation for the hurricane season,” said Capt. Christian Ocasio, 821st Contingency Response Support Squadron civil engineering officer. “There would always be a powerful storm heading straight toward us, but would change directions at the last minute.” That’s exactly what Hurricane Irma did after devastating the U.S. Virgin Islands. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Ocasio and his team were sent to the Virgin Islands to perform an airfield assessment of airports in St. Thomas and St. Croix.
0 11/09
2017
Tech Sgt. Joe Joiner, 16th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, guides a member of the 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., as they load a cargo pallet on to the C-17 Globemaster III at the Robins AFB Aug. 29. JB Charleston provides aid to hurricane victims
Two C-17 Globemaster III aircraftr left Joint base Charleston carrying 30.6 tons of relief supplies to Alexandria International Airport, Alexandria, Louisiana, in response to Hurricane Harvey Aug. 29, 2017.
0 8/30
2017
Default Air Force Logo BLUE: Katrina, 10 years later
Ten years ago, the Airmen of Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, faced one of the greatest tests of the American spirit as Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. Where there were once hopes and dreams, Katrina left devastation and destruction. But through the wreckage of it all, the survivors persevered.
2 8/28
2015
Default Air Force Logo Guardsmen, reservists help battle western wildfires
Air reserve components are providing crews and planes to support civilian firefighting efforts in the West, the commander of the effort said in a DOD News interview.
0 7/24
2014
C-130 Hercules Modular Airborne Firefighting System aircraft No. 5, or MAFFS 5, sits on the flightline at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Calif., after deploying 3,000 gallons of fire retardant over the Poomacha fire Oct. 24 in North San Diego County, Calif. The C-130 and crew are assigned to the 302nd Airlift Wing from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Air Force Reserve Command officials sent two of its designated firefighting C-130H3 aircraft to help battle the raging wildfires in Southern California. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Roy. A. Santana) 
Aircraft deploy to California to aid firefighting effort
The U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center here, has ordered the three MAFFS aircraft operating at the Boise Air Tanker Base moved to McClellan Air Tanker base near Sacramento, Calif., to assist the wildland firefighting effort in the western United States.
0 8/28
2013
Residents of Moore, Okla., survey the damage to their neighborhood after a massive 1.3-mile-wide tornado touched down May 20, 2013. Staff Sgt. Tim Smith helped rescue his neighbors and children from the local school from the rubble. Smith is a , 349th Recruiting Squadron enlisted accessions recruiter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brandi Smith)
Recruiter’s post-tornado effort has lasting impact
As the massive 1.3-mile-wide tornado approached Moore, Okla., May 20, Staff Sgt. Tim Smith took shelter along with his family, neighbors and dogs. "I arrived home 10 minutes before the tornado hit my neighborhood," said Smith, an Enlisted Accessions recruiter in Norman, Okla. "My wife, my son and I were able to make it to my neighbor's shelter."
1 8/19
2013
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