FEMA stands up ISB at JB San Antonio to support Hurricane Maria relief efforts
By Dan Hawkins, 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 22, 2017
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency stood up an Incident Support Base at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Kelly Field, Texas to aid Hurricane Maria relief efforts with support from the 502nd Air Base Wing, Sept. 21, 2017.
The ISB, the third such support hub hosted by JB San Antonio and the 502nd ABW over the last month, will help posture relief supplies through a cargo deployment function for transport to areas devastated by the storm, primarily in the Caribbean.
“Initially, we are bringing supplies that are already at the JB (San Antonio) -Seguin (Texas) ISB here to Kelly,” said Capt. Nate Johnson, 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron material management flight commander at JB San Antonio-Lackland. “Once the cargo arrives here, we are receiving it and then palletizing it so it’s ready for air transport.”
Johnson explained the ISB was ready to accept up to 27 truckloads of cargo, using a 24-hour operations and 12-hour shifts with approximately 50 people.
In addition to the 502nd LRS, Airmen from the 12th Flying Training Squadron at JB San Antonio-Randolph, Texas and from the 26th Aerial Port Squadron at JB San Antonio-Lackland Kelly Field are also augmenting to assist with cargo operations.
“Having the assistance of Airmen from all over JB (San Antonio) is extremely critical to what we are trying to accomplish here,” Johnson said. “(502 LRS) has been going non-stop since Hurricane Harvey hit, so having the support of our mission partners is vital right now.”
The augmentees are also helping day-to-day operations flow normally instead of being completely side-tracked due to the Maria operation, Johnson said.
Jumping in to assist FEMA and aid those in need in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria is JB San Antonio doing its part, said Army Col. Lee Flemming, 502nd ABW and JB San Antonio vice-commander.
“To everyone in the affected areas, my thoughts and prayers are with you,” Flemming said. “JB (San Antonio) stands ready to support in anyway and will provide every resource we can.”
“We are absolutely proud of all of our JB (San Antonio) personnel out here making a difference in the lives of those hard hit by the storm,” Flemming said. “This is why we serve.”