Helicopter crews from Air Force Space Command’s 20th Air Force are standing ready today to support relief operations
MINOT AFB, N.D. – Members of the 54th Helicopter Flight departed today for F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., to join up with other Air Force Space Command helicopter teams in support of Hurricane Rita recovery. In all, six helicopters and crews are scheduled to depart F.E. Warren AFB on Sept. 24 to a relief staging area in Texas.
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PETERSON AFB, Colo. – Helicopter crews from Air Force Space Command’s 20th Air Force are standing ready today to support relief operations following Hurricane Rita.
Six helicopters from F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., Malmstrom AFB, Mont., and Minot AFB, N.D., are preparing to deploy to the relief area and provide food, water and medical supplies as needed to affected areas.
“All of the Helos have forward-looking infrared radar; four Helos have hoist capabilities; and two can be used for search and rescue missions,” said Col. Michael Vaughn, 20th Air Force director of operations.
During Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, AFSPC helicopter teams logged more than 170 flying hours across 110 sorties and delivered more than 50,000 pounds of supplies.
If deployed, this will be the second time AFSPC has sent its helicopters outside of their daily mission of intercontinental ballistic missile field security.