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Little Rock AFB stages aeromedical evac support for Hurricane Harvey

Three Airmen huddle together in an aircraft.

(From left) Staff Sgts. Nicole Pestka, and April Hinojos as well as Tech. Sgt. Steve Constantin, all 433rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron technicians from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, discuss upcoming evacuation procedures on Aug. 30, 2017, to provide relief and support to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Airmen from bases across Air Mobility Command gathered at Little Rock AFB, Ark., to provide relief and support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Rhett Isbell)

Cargo is loaded onto a C-17 by U.S. Airmen at night.

Aerial Porters from the 19th Mission Support Group offload supplies from a C-17 Globemaster III from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., Aug. 30, 2017. Airmen from bases across Air Mobility Command gathered at Little Rock AFB, Ark., to provide relief and support. More than 15,000 pounds of medical equipment and more than 20 aeromedical evacuation personnel are staged at Little Rock AFB for the effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Rhett Isbell)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) --

Airmen from the 19th Maintenance Group at Little Rock Air Force Base, offloaded a C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, carrying supplies from Pope Field, North Carolina, Aug. 31, 2017.

“As we support our joint warfighters and allies across the globe, we remain ready when called to assist in lifesaving efforts for Americans and those in need following any natural disaster or crisis,” said Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, the Air Mobility Command commander. “We’re proud to serve alongside our federal, state and local partners to assist our fellow citizens.”

Airmen from bases across AMC gathered at Little Rock AFB, Ark., to provide relief and support. More than 15,000 pounds of medical equipment and more than 20 aeromedical evacuation personnel are staged at Little Rock AFB to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Additionally, Little Rock AFB is postured to serve as an aeromedical evacuation staging location for ongoing  relief efforts. The base will host approximately 200 aeromedical evacuation, maintenance and aircrew members assisting those injured, using assigned and gained C-130s to execute these missions.


Additionally, the 19th Airlift Wing postured a team of 20 Airmen to support the Department of Veterans Affairs as it prepares to receive patients evacuated from affected areas.
 
The team is ready to execute both mission sets and will commence operations as soon as directed by appropriate authorities.


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