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Travis AFB supports Cyclone Idai relief efforts

A C-17 Globemaster III departs Beira Airport, Mozambique, April 2, 2019, after delivering relief supplies, equipment and personnel supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) for the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) relief effort in the Republic of Mozambique and surrounding areas following Cyclone Idai. Teams from CJTF-HOA, which is leading DoD support to relief efforts in Mozambique, began immediate preparation to respond following a call for assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Disaster Assistance Response Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corban Lundborg)

A C-17 Globemaster III departs Beira Airport, Mozambique, April 2, 2019, after delivering relief supplies, equipment and personnel supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa for the U.S. Department of Defense’s relief effort in the Republic of Mozambique and surrounding areas following Cyclone Idai. Teams from CJTF-HOA, began immediate preparation to respond following a call for assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Disaster Assistance Response Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corban Lundborg)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), set up a forward operating location at Beira Airport, Mozambique, April 2, 2019, for the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) relief effort in the Republic of Mozambique and surrounding areas following Cyclone Idai. Teams from CJTF-HOA, which is leading DoD support to relief efforts in Mozambique, began immediate preparation to respond following a call for assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Disaster Assistance Response Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corban Lundborg)

Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, set up a forward operating location at Beira Airport, Mozambique, April 2, 2019, for the U.S. Department of Defense’s relief effort in the Republic of Mozambique and surrounding areas following Cyclone Idai. Teams from CJTF-HOA, began immediate preparation to respond following a call for assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Disaster Assistance Response Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corban Lundborg)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), unload World Food Programme (WFP) relief supplies from a C-17 Globemaster III at Beira Airport, Mozambique, April 2, 2019, during the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) relief effort in the Republic of Mozambique and surrounding areas following Cyclone Idai. Teams from CJTF-HOA, which is leading DoD support to relief efforts in Mozambique, began immediate preparation to respond following a call for assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Disaster Assistance Response Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corban Lundborg)

Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa , unload World Food Programme relief supplies from a C-17 Globemaster III at Beira Airport, Mozambique, April 2, 2019, during the U.S. Department of Defense’s relief effort in the Republic of Mozambique and surrounding areas following Cyclone Idai. Teams from CJTF-HOA, which is leading DoD support to relief efforts in Mozambique, began immediate preparation to respond following a call for assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Disaster Assistance Response Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corban Lundborg)

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, delivers food aid from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Maputo, Mozambique, April 2, 2019. The task force is helping meet requirements identified by USAID assessment teams and humanitarian organizations working in the region by providing logistics support and manpower to USAID at the request of the Government of the Republic of Mozambique. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Chris Hibben)

A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, delivers food aid from the United States Agency for International Development in Maputo, Mozambique, April 2, 2019. The task force is helping meet requirements identified by USAID assessment teams and humanitarian organizations working in the region by providing logistics support and manpower to USAID at the request of the Government of the Republic of Mozambique. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Chris Hibben)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), offload humanitarian aid from a C-130J Hercules at Beira Airport, Mozambique, April 2, 2019, for the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) relief effort in the Republic of Mozambique and surrounding areas following Cyclone Idai. Teams from CJTF-HOA, which is leading DoD support to relief efforts in Mozambique, began immediate preparation to respond following a call for assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Disaster Assistance Response Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corban Lundborg)

Airmen assigned to the 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa , offload humanitarian aid from a C-130J Hercules at Beira Airport, Mozambique, April 2, 2019, for the U.S. Department of Defense’s relief efforts in the Republic of Mozambique and surrounding areas following Cyclone Idai. Teams from CJTF-HOA began immediate preparation to respond following a call for assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Disaster Assistance Response Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corban Lundborg)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) --

Two C-17 Globemaster III crews assigned to the 21st Airlift Squadron from Travis Air Force Base arrived in Djibouti April 5 to aid Cyclone Idai relief efforts.

The cyclone was a Category 2 storm that hit the port city of Beira, Mozambique, March 15, with winds at speeds up to 110 mph. The storm, which is the worst to hit Mozambique in three decades, killed more than 800 people. It left several villages submerged in water before moving inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi.

“A lot of bad things happen on the planet--war, disease, famine, natural disaster … but we are all citizens of the world, we care and we are there to help,” said Lt. Col. Steven Nolan, 21st AS director of operations. “When disaster strikes, no matter where it is, the United States, Air Mobility Command, the U.S. Air Force and our Airmen are ready, willing and able to help.”

Travis AFB is supporting the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, which is leading the Department of Defense support to relief efforts in Mozambique, after a call for assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Disaster Assistance Response Team.

“We received a request for two crews to support relief efforts in Mozambique on March 28 and a few days later we had those crews on a C-17 bound for Africa,” Nolan said. “We are providing Rapid Global Mobility; the support that’s needed, at the right place and the right time.”

“The people affected by this disaster need help, whether that’s food, shelter or something else and our Airmen are out there delivering hope,” Nolan added.

According to various news reports about the cyclone, more than 100,000 people have lost their homes and more than 2 million people have been affected by the storm.

To date, the team from Travis AFB, utilizing a C-17 from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, has helped deliver more than 17,000 pounds of food, a forklift, a 25K loader and palletizing equipment from the United States Agency for International Development.

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