LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (October 7, 2016) – On October 2, two C-130J assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing assisted with Air Mobility Command’s efforts in the preemptive evacuation of over 200 military personnel from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida due to Hurricane Matthew.
Additionally, the 19th Airlift Wing is answering the call to support efforts by flying humanitarian cargo into Haiti, in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
More than 20 Airmen have deployed to Haiti, where they will posture to further respond to U.S. Southern Command’s taskings, transporting resources and personnel throughout effected areas. U.S. Air Force operations are in support of a massive all-encompassing government-wide approach to the Hurricane Matthew response, led by the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The U.S. Air Force will work in coordination with USAID, the government of Haiti, other international partners, and non-governmental organizations to provide relief to the people of Haiti, as requested by their government. The main concern is to facilitate disaster relief operations to rapidly reduce the suffering of the victims of Hurricane Matthew.
Little Rock AFB has a long history of supporting and executing humanitarian missions. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the base served as a supply hub and medical evacuation point. Team Little Rock stands ready and able to take on and transport relief supplies. Our Airmen have played a vital role in this process and are working hard to provide relief to our southern neighbors during the aftermath of this devastating disaster.