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ACC maintains readiness through hurricane preparation

Senior Airman Tori Payne, left, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, salutes a pilot from the 74th Fighter Squadron prior to takeoff for Little Rock AFB, Ark., Aug. 30, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Moody’s A-10C Thunderbolt II’s were relocated to Little Rock in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Senior Airman Tori Payne, left, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, salutes a pilot from the 74th Fighter Squadron prior to takeoff for Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Aug. 30, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Moody’s A-10C Thunderbolt II’s were relocated to Little Rock AFB in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Hurricane Dorian evacuation

Airmen prepare an F-22 Raptor for takeoff at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Sept. 3, 2019. The F-22 was moved to Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sarah Dowe)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. (AFNS) --

Air Combat Command Airmen are responding to the danger presented by Hurricane Dorian as it moves along the East Coast of the U.S.

More than 150 aircraft have evacuated inland to protect the billions of taxpayer dollars invested into the Air Force fleet.

Aircraft from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina; Moody Air Force Base and Robins AFB, Georgia; and Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, began evacuating to inland bases Sept. 2.

The wing leadership who own those assets -- the F-22 Raptor, F-16CM Fighting Falcon, T-38 Talon, E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft and A-10 Thunderbolt II -- have specific actions they take at certain hours before a storm. For this hurricane season, the Air Force has taken steps to better prepare for weather threats after the damage caused by the major natural disasters of 2018. Hurricane Michael, which destroyed most of Tyndall AFB, Florida, in October 2018, and the flooding at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, have alerted senior Air Force leaders and Congress to the growing danger of weather-related asset damage.

As a result, ACC developed a severe weather readiness action team to perform a deep, analytical dive into weather events across the nation. This team, headed up by Lt. Gen. Chris Weggeman, ACC deputy commander, evaluated actions and evacuation success to determine best practices to share with bases throughout the command.

"We've issued a planning directive to all ACC units, which basically puts into place the things they need to plan for and the posturing actions they need to have done ahead of time," he said. "Instead of the Hurricane Condition (HURCON) framework that we've used for years, we're proposing a HUR-RY framework, which is a great word, but it's actually 'hurricane ready.'"

Ready is the watchword in ACC as units are forced to contend with the danger posed by weather while at the same time remaining focused on the threat of peer or near-peer enemy combatants. Reclaiming combat readiness degraded by decades of intensive deployment schedules and budgetary uncertainty has been an area of intensive focus over the last year.

"Increased Congressional funding has yielded improved readiness, and it's showed as we've prepared our bases for Dorian," said Gen. Mike Holmes, ACC commander.

Holmes attributed the ability to quickly fly aircraft to safety with little notice to an enterprise-wide readiness mindset bolstered by a constant awareness of the command’s priorities.

"It's not just about aircraft and equipment," said Holmes. "These aircraft are expensive taxpayer-owned assets, and we have a responsibility to take care of them in order to continue to be combat ready. But they're not our most important asset -- our Airmen are. ACC wing commanders know the key to balancing the concern for both aircraft and Airmen is to evacuate jets in a time frame that allows those crews supporting the aircraft and their families to evacuate the base if need be.

"If we get all the jets to safety but leave Airmen and their families behind to contend with the storm, that's a failure," he continued.

For tips and specific information on how to prepare for a hurricane or a tornado, visit https://www.beready.af.mil. Also on the site is a Be Ready mobile app available for download on smartphone devices.

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