Airmen from Joint Base Lewis-McChord today are participating in relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy, delivering tons of supplies to states hit by the storm.
One C-17 Globemaster III took off from McChord Air Field this morning. Another McChord-based 62nd Airlift Wing C-17 is scheduled to leave tonight for the relief effort.
The McChord crews are flying to March Air Reserve Base near Riverside, Calif. to link up with 11 other air mobility crews that will be delivering 637 short tons of supplies to the East Coast. Their destination is Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y.
Their cargo includes 69 vehicles and 10 civilian employees of Southern California Edison, one of the country’s largest power utilities.
“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.”
McChord-based air crews have a long history of participating in worldwide humanitarian relief efforts, including delivering assistance to Japan in the aftermath of its 2011 tsunami.