A U.S. Air Force (USAF) C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter assigned to the Dover Air Force Base conducted a humanitarian relief mission to hurricane-ravaged St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands on Sept. 24, 2017.
The C-17 first made a stop at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia where the crew linked up with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel and their equipment.
The C-17 military transport aircraft was tasked to transport a FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) unit’s command and control vehicle, and a land mobile radio tower and its support pickup truck to St. Thomas. This MERS unit involved in the mission is based out of Maynard, Massachusetts.
MERS will provide mobile telecommunications, life support, logistics, operational support and power generation during presidentially declared emergencies and disasters required for the on-site management of disaster response activities.
The loaded C-17 departed Dobbins and flew to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, landing at Cyril E. King International Airport. Upon landing, the aircraft was quickly unloaded by aerial port Airmen from both the Arizona and Minnesota Air National Guards. With the delivery of the FEMA personnel and equipment, the C-17 returned home to Dover AFB.
Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia, 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs