by Staff Sgt. Frances Kriss
62nd Airlift Wing
11/1/2012 - JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- A C-17 Globemaster III departed early morning Nov. 1 in support of Hurricane Sandy response operations.
Along with aircraft and crews from 11 active duty, Air National Guard
and Air Force Reserve bases across the nation, McChord Field Airmen are
flying to March Air Reserve Base, Calif., to pick-up 10 passengers and
632 short tons of equipment and supplies supporting relief efforts on
the East Coast.
"McChord Airmen are ready to answer our nation's call with the most
capable combat airlift aircraft," said Col. Jeffrey Philippart, 62nd
Airlift Wing vice commander. "Our C-17s and Airmen have the ability to
deliver rapid global mobility, which enables us to respond quickly to
disasters and provide aide in the wake of humanitarian crises. We're
poised to respond."
The passengers and cargo, including 69 vehicles belonging to the
Southern California Edison utility company, are slated to arrive at
Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh, N.Y. at around 2:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time, after which they will move out to support efforts
to restore power and provide humanitarian assistance to the stricken
Historically, McChord Field Airmen have been on the lead of many
humanitarian efforts. Most recently, a McChord C-17 was the first heavy
aircraft to provide aid in Operation Tomodachi, the Japanese tsunami
relief efforts, by being airborne within 19 hours of notification. In
addition, the 62nd AW propelled Operation Pacific Passage, repatriating
2,600 family members stationed at military bases throughout Japan to
safe-haven locations in the U.S.