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Airmen Support Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts

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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 in Newburgh, N.Y., at around 2:30 p.m. EST, after which they will support efforts to restore power and provide humanitarian assistance to the region. Media reports have stated that more than two million people still remain without power in the aftermath of the superstorm.

The movement is expected to require the use of five C-5 Galaxy aircraft and approximately 12 C-17 Globemasters. A C-5B from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and a C-17 from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., were among the first aircraft scheduled to depart March this morning.

The rapid response was made possible through the combined efforts of planners at U.S Transportation Command, Air Mobility Command's 18th Air Force and the 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), operating as part of the U.S. Northern Command-led effort supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency's storm response efforts.

Days before the storm made landfall, these same planners had already begun preparations to move personnel and aircraft out of harm's way -- preserving their readiness to respond after the storm had passed.

Since then, America's total force mobility team has turned its attention to supporting recovery efforts. To that end, and in response to a Northcom tasking, airmen quickly put together the plan to move personnel and supplies to stabilize and improve conditions in the region.

Related Sites:Special Report: Hurricane Sandy [ http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2012/1012_sandy/ ]News Release [ http://www.amc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123324618 ]18th Air Force [ http://www.18af.amc.af.mil/ ]