A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules tactical airlifter transported 89 U.S. citizens, who were previously unable to return home from Honduras, to Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
The deployment was at the request of the U.S. State Department and at the direction of U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). The C-130 mission is the second Air Force mission supporting the U.S. State Department’s ongoing efforts to assist American citizens unable to return home from the Central American country.
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter flew the first mission out of Honduras’ Soto Cano Air Base, landing in the U.S. on March 20 with passengers that included approximately half of the U.S. women’s football team.
Both flights were the result of close coordination between U.S. Southern Command and the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa.
The C-130 mission includes the transportation of remaining players, as well as other U.S. citizens who made their journey home with help from the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Air Force.
Through its Active, Reserve, and Air National Guard (ANG) components, Air Mobility Command (AMC) has been supporting the U.S. government’s ongoing COVID-19 mitigation response efforts and executing rapid global mobility operations in support of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)-led, whole-of-government effort to combat the Coronavirus outbreak.