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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
An aircrew prepares a C-17 Globemaster III for takeoff prior to a mission to Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. Sept. 11, 2017. Days prior the crew flew the final mission out of MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. prior to Hurricane Irma making landfall in Florida. Aircrew gets firsthand view of Florida before, after Hurricane Irma
A C-17 Globemaster III aircrew from Joint Base Charleston flew the final mission out of MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, prior to Hurricane Irma making landfall, Sept. 8, 2017.
0 9/16
2017
Trusted Care Hero Airman saves newborn minutes from death
After severe weather left many with property damage, and even more without power, a patient missing an appointment might have been easily overlooked. But for Senior Airman Taylor Scherff, 55th Medical Group Pediatric Clinic medical technician, something didn’t sit right. She knew she couldn’t wait for the normal call-back to happen, so she took it upon herself to reach the family.
0 9/15
2017
Members of the 14th and 15th Airlift Squadrons transported a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control mobile tower from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Sept. 12. Airmen conduct historic mission to Virgin Islands following Irma
Members of the 14th and 15th Airlift Squadrons delivered a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control mobile tower from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sept. 12, 2017.
0 9/14
2017
Senior Airman Justin Polk, 821st Contingency Response Support Squadron aerial porter, offloads the 10K All Terrain forklift, September 9, 2017, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.  Two contingency response teams from the 821st Contingency Response Group at Travis Airforce Base, Calif., and a third from the 621st Contingency Response Group at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. prepositioned at Scott AFB, to await forward deployment to support ongoing relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno/Released) Airmen stand ready to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts
Three contingency response teams prepositioned at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, awaiting forward deployment to support ongoing relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
0 9/11
2017
Hurricane Irma Relief Operations Travis AFB transports critical aid in support of Hurricane Irma relief operations
A C-17 Globemaster III departed Travis Air Force Base, California, during the early morning hours Sept. 9, 2017, enroute to Puerto Rico to deliver a team of search and rescue personnel assigned to Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Texas Task Force 1 in support of Hurricane Irma relief operations.
0 9/11
2017
Hurricane Irma Keesler medics ready to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts
Medical Airmen from Keesler Air Force Base are standing by to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts if called upon.Fresh off of a deployment to Houston, to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, a critical care air transport team is standing by to provide the same capability to those affected by Irma.A CCATT and a medical logistics team from the
0 9/10
2017
Kentucky National Guard deploys for Hurricane Irma relief Kentucky Guardsmen deploy to Caribbean for Hurricane Irma response
Soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard's 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade departed from the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Sept. 7, 2017, for the Caribbean to assist with rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
0 9/08
2017
A special missions aviator from the 41st Rescue Squadron, watches as he raises an evacuee, Aug. 30, 2017, over a residence in the Houston, Texas area. AFNORTH wraps up Hurricane Harvey ops, looks East to Irma
As Hurricane Harvey slammed into coastal Texas the last week of August, Houston and the surrounding area were pounded with unprecedented amounts of rain – experiencing 50 inches of rain in a matter of days. That is more than the annual average for the region.
0 9/05
2017
Kentucky Air Guard deploys aircraft, airmen for evacuation missions in Texas following Hurricane Harvey Kentucky ANG deploys more aircraft, Airmen for Hurricane Harvey relief operations
Two C-130 Hercules aircraft and 14 more Airmen deployed from the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Sept. 1, 2017, to fly humanitarian aid and airlift evacuation missions in Texas following unprecedented flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.
0 9/05
2017
Lt. Col. Carla Walker (left), 137th Special Operations Medical Group administration officer from Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, and Col. Keith Reed (right), 137th MDG commander, support and say goodbye to Airmen from the Medical Group as they board a C-130 Hercules from the 136th Airlift Wing, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base at Carswell Field, Texas, Aug. 28, 2017, at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base. The Airmen are part of the 137th Special Operation Wing’s deployment of nearly 40 medical and aeromedical evacuation Airmen and equipment in support of the Texas Military Department and their relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kasey Phipps/Released) Oklahoma ANG wing sends aid for Hurricane Harvey
Approximately 40 Airmen from the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 137th Special Operations Wing departed Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, Aug. 29, 2017, to support the Texas Military Department and Texas Emergency Management in relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey.
0 8/30
2017
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Juan Ortiz, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron EOD flight, controls a PACBOT bomb disposal robot from inside a mine resistant ambush protected all-terrain vehicle at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, March 21, 2017. Ortiz was working a nighttime operations scenario during exercise “Vigilant Walrus” in order to train for bomb threats while using night vision capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Miles Wilson) Playing with fire; EOD technicians hone response skills
Most of the crew is asleep, but for a few members. Outside, the sun is peaking over the horizon, sending long shadows across the terrain and buildings. Suddenly a loud banging from the door echoes through the hallway, breaking the silence and waking up the crew. The banging continues, and an Airman opens the door to discover a panic-stricken Airman holding onto her uniform blouse, wires protruding from various pockets and a loud ticking noise coming from her back. Immediately the Airman who opened the door recognizes the threat: a hostage outfitted with a bomb vest.
0 3/28
2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Jan. 20
On this look around the Air Force, Airmen lend a helping hand to support the inauguration and service members conduct subject matter expert exchanges at Clark AB, Philippines.
0 1/20
2017
Members of the 305th Aerial Port Squadron and Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Pennsylvania Task Force 1 load cargo onto pallets during training April 21, 2016, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Mobile teams consisting of approximately 80 personnel, trained in search and rescue, extraction and triage care, as well as relief workers deploy to aid affected communities. The joint base is Pennsylvania Task Force 1’s point of departure should they need to be airlifted. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Katherine Tereyama) McGuire hosts rapid response training with FEMA
The 305th Aerial Port Squadron welcomed members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Pennsylvania Task Force 1 to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, for rapid air mobilization training April 21, as part of an ongoing partnership initiative.
0 4/25
2016
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