179th Airlift Wing Aiding Relief Efforts In Virgin Islands

  • 10/1/2017 11:09:58 AM
  • Larry Stine
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - The 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard at Mansfield Lahm Airport is joining in on relief efforts caused by Hurricane Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Two aircraft took off from Lahm Airport last week to provide airlift support relief efforts in the Virgin Islands.

The second of two C-130H Hercules aircraft departed Friday to pick up a seven-member team and cargo from the 269th Combat Communications Squadron, based out of Springfield, Ohio, to provide tactical communications support in the aftermath of the recent hurricane.

The first C-130H took off Wednesday with a flight crew of five members, plus two Loadmasters to move more than 50 Virginia National Guard Calvary troops from Blackstone Army Airfield in Blackstone, Virginia to Savannah Georgia in preparation to deploy to the Virgin Islands. 

Mansfield's C-130 Hercules will stage in Savannah, where operations are being coordinated, for the next several weeks to complete follow-on missions for the National Guard Bureau. 

179th Airlift Wing officials say they are always ready to respond with a team of trusted airmen to provide the tactical airlift support to get people and assets where they need to go.  

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