Moody's ride-out team responds to Hurricane Irma

Senior Airman Justin Benito, 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, uses a chainsaw to cut a fallen tree’s trunk, Sept. 11, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Moody’s ride-out team consisted of approximately 80 Airmen who were tasked with immediately responding to mission-inhibiting damage caused by Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Senior Airman Justin Benito, 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, uses a chainsaw to cut a fallen tree’s trunk, Sept. 11, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Moody’s ride-out team consisted of approximately 80 Airmen who were tasked with immediately responding to mission-inhibiting damage caused by Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Senior Airman Justin Benito, 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, uses a chainsaw to cut a fallen tree’s trunk, Sept. 11, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Moody’s ride-out team consisted of approximately 80 Airmen who were tasked with immediately responding to mission-inhibiting damage caused by Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Senior Airman Justin Benito, 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, uses a chainsaw to cut a fallen tree’s trunk, Sept. 11, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Moody’s ride-out team consisted of approximately 80 Airmen who were tasked with immediately responding to mission-inhibiting damage caused by Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Senior Airman Justin Benito, 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, uses a chainsaw to cut a fallen tree’s trunk, Sept. 11, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Moody’s ride-out team consisted of approximately 80 Airmen who were tasked with immediately responding to mission-inhibiting damage caused by Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Senior Airman Justin Benito, 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, uses a chainsaw to cut a fallen tree’s trunk, Sept. 11, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Moody’s ride-out team consisted of approximately 80 Airmen who were tasked with immediately responding to mission-inhibiting damage caused by Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Senior Airman Justin Benito, 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, repairs a chainsaw, Sept. 11, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Moody’s ride-out team consisted of approximately 80 Airmen who were tasked with immediately responding to mission-inhibiting damage caused by Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Senior Airman Justin Benito, 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, repairs a chainsaw, Sept. 11, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Moody’s ride-out team consisted of approximately 80 Airmen who were tasked with immediately responding to mission-inhibiting damage caused by Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

23rd Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operators clear a fallen tree from in front of the Davidson Road Gate, Sept. 11, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Moody’s ride-out team consisted of approximately 80 Airmen, who were tasked with immediately responding to mission-inhibiting damage caused by Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

23rd Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operators clear a fallen tree from in front of the Davidson Road Gate, Sept. 11, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Moody’s ride-out team consisted of approximately 80 Airmen, who were tasked with immediately responding to mission-inhibiting damage caused by Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

23rd Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operators clear a fallen tree from in front of the Davidson Road Gate, Sept. 11, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Moody’s ride-out team consisted of approximately 80 Airmen who were tasked with immediately responding to mission-inhibiting damage caused by Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

23rd Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operators clear a fallen tree from in front of the Davidson Road Gate, Sept. 11, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Moody’s ride-out team consisted of approximately 80 Airmen who were tasked with immediately responding to mission-inhibiting damage caused by Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Members of Moody’s ride-out team stop their vehicle in front of a fallen tree that blocks a road, Sept. 11, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Moody’s ride-out team consisted of approximately 80 Airmen who were tasked with immediately responding to mission-inhibiting damage caused by Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Members of Moody’s ride-out team stop their vehicle in front of a fallen tree that blocks a road, Sept. 11, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Moody’s ride-out team consisted of approximately 80 Airmen who were tasked with immediately responding to mission-inhibiting damage caused by Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Moody Air force Base’s ride-out team gathered within locked-down gates to endure Hurricane Irma, Sept. 10, at Moody Air Force Base.

 

The ride-out team consisted of an array of critical agencies who were responsible for providing an immediate assessment and correction of mission hampering damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

 

“We’re still an Air Force asset that needs to be ready to go anywhere in the world at any time to do the Air Force mission,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Eric Kellogg, 23d Civil Engineer Squadron hurricane recovery team chief. “Hurricane or not, that’s why we wear this uniform. We’ve got to do that stuff and if we can’t, we’re failing that mission.

 

“So, we’re here for immediately after winds die down, we send our crews out to get eyes on Moody’s critical infrastructure to get the mission back up and running as soon as possible.”

 

While many of the 23d CES career fields often work in the background casually ensuring Moody’s infrastructure is up to par, natural disasters place them in a position to be the first to respond. 

 

“We’re here to keep the base running and this is a good opportunity to show what [the 23d CES] actually does,” said Senior Airman Justin Benito, 23d CES Ride-out team member. “People may only see us every once in a while, but this is the time to see what we do.”

 

Kellogg echoed Benito’s enthusiasm in being the team to kick-off recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma.

 

“This is a great crew,” said Kellogg. “I have nothing but confidence that we’ll get this base running as soon as we can physically do it. We’ve got families on the outside, but they’re part of my family too. I consider the Air Force my family and we’ve got to take care of family. It feels good to do my part and help.”