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FEMA stands up ISB at JB San Antonio to support Hurricane Maria relief efforts

Airman 1st Class Dakwon Aktkinson, 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron forklift operator, moves cargo around the air operations terminal Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field.  The cargo was being staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Support Base at Kelly for transport to areas devastated by Hurricane Maria (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Airman 1st Class Dakwon Aktkinson, 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron forklift operator, moves cargo around the air operations terminal, Sept. 22, 2017, at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field, Texas. The cargo was being staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Support Base at Kelly Field for transport to areas devastated by Hurricane Maria (U.S. Air Force photo by Dan Hawkins)

Airman from the 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron load relief supplies aboard a C-17 Galaxy Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field.  The C-17, from the 21st Airlift Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., was bound for St. Croix, U.S.  Virgin Islands, to aid in Hurricane Maria relief efforts.  (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Airmen from the 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron load relief supplies aboard a C-17 Galaxy, Sept. 22, 2017, at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field, Texas. The C-17, from the 21st Airlift Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., was bound for St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, to aid in Hurricane Maria relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dan Hawkins)

Airman from the 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron load relief supplies aboard a C-17 Galaxy Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field.  The C-17, from the 21st Airlift Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., was bound for St. Croix, U.S.  Virgin Islands, to aid in Hurricane Maria relief efforts.  (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Airman 1st Class Dakwon Aktkinson, 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron forklift operator, moves cargo around the air operations terminal, Sept. 22, 2017, at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field, Texas. The cargo was being staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Support Base at Kelly Field for transport to areas devastated by Hurricane Maria (U.S. Air Force photo by Dan Hawkins)

Senior Airman Sarah Nededog (fore) and Tech. Sgt. Antonio Montano, 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management office, straighten out cargo straps to help prepare Hurricane Maria relief supplies for air transport Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field.  The supplies were being staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Support Base at Kelly for transport to areas devastated by Hurricane Maria (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Senior Airman Sarah Nededog (left) and Tech. Sgt. Antonio Montano, 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management office specialists, straighten out cargo straps to help prepare Hurricane Maria relief supplies for air transport, Sept. 22, 2017, at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field, Texas. The supplies were being staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Support Base at Kelly Field for transport to areas devastated by Hurricane Maria (U.S. Air Force photo by Dan Hawkins)

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.”

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