DAFB airmen launch relief mission to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE — On Friday evening a Dover C-17 Globemaster III, loaded with more than 100,000 pounds of food and water, flew to Puerto Rico from Kelly Field, Texas, in support of Hurricane Maria relief efforts.

The aircraft and crew are assigned to the 3rd Airlift Squadron under the 436th Airlift Wing.

This particular mission will follow three similar Puerto Rico missions that occurred earlier this week. These included one C-5M and two C-17 missions that flew into Puerto Rico, transporting a combined load of more than 212,000 pounds of relief support.

All Dover AFB mission disaster relief assignments are tasked by Transportation Command in support of FEMA, the lead federal agency for hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Following a relief mission to the U.S. Virgin Islands, 3rd Airlift Squadron pilot Maj. Christopher Smith said, “The operation to deliver relief supplies to the island was truly a joint effort.
From the loading team at Kelly Field, to the Joint Task Force conducting relief operations at St. Croix, multiple government agencies worked together to deliver lifesaving supplies to an island in need.”

Overall, the 436th Airlift Wing has transported 1.2 million pounds of cargo and more than 292 passengers in support of hurricane relief and associated presidential support missions.

Team Dover’s mission is to provide Rapid Global Mobility anytime, anywhere in the world. For the last month, Dover AFB has been postured to respond at a moment’s notice in support of hurricane relief efforts. Dover AFB will continue to support as long as requested.

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