Airmen provide humanitarian relief to Caribbean Islands

he C-17 crew members delivered the equipment to Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Airmen from the 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron and the 437th Airlift Wing 14th/15th Airlift Squadron load a mobile air traffic control tower onto a C-17 Globemaster III to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts September 9th, 2017. The air traffic control tower and generator will help restore power to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae S. Capuno)

he C-17 crew members delivered the equipment to Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Senior Airman Michael Vetta, a 437th Airlift Wing/15th Airlift Squadron loadmaster locks down a mobile air traffic control tower onto a C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, in support of Hurricane Irma relief efforts September 9th, 2017. The C-17 crew members delivered the equipment to Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae S. Capuno)

he C-17 crew members delivered the equipment to Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Airmen from the 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron and the 437th Airlift Wing 14th/15th Airlift Squadron load a generator onto a C-17 Globemaster III to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts September 9th, 2017, at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. The equipment loaded by the groups was provided to the base by the Federal Aviation Administration through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae S. Capuno)(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae S. Capuno)

he C-17 crew members delivered the equipment to Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

170912-WN543-F-0091 Airmen from the 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron and the 437th Airlift Wing 14th/15th Airlift Squadron Prepare to load a C-17 Globemaster III to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts September 9th, 2017 at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean islands September 7th and left St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, without power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae S. Capuno)

he C-17 crew members delivered the equipment to Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

From left to right, Mr. Raymond Brown, a 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron installation transportation officer, and Staff Sgt. Paul Sheehan, a 366th LRS air transportation craftsman lock down a mobile air traffic control tower onto a C-17 Globemaster III to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts September 9th, 2017. The equipment will provide a permanent structure to support the relief effort. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae S. Capuno)

he C-17 crew members delivered the equipment to Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

A C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, lands September 12, 2017, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The Federal Aviation Administration provided a mobile air traffic control tower that was transported by the C-17 to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Jeremy Mosier)

he C-17 crew members delivered the equipment to Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Airmen load a mobile traffic control tower onto a C-17 Globemaster III September 12, 2017, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The air traffic control tower will temporarily replace the tower that was damaged by Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Jeremy Mosier)

he C-17 crew members delivered the equipment to Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

A C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, taxies on the flightline September 12, 2017, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The C-17 flew a mobile air traffic control tower and power generator to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands in support of Hurricane Irma relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Jeremy Mosier)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Airmen across the United States came together to support the relief effort for Hurricane Irma, September 12, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base.

437th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III crew members traveled to Mountain Home to transport a mobile air traffic control tower to the Caribbean islands affected by Hurricane Irma.

“We are doing humanitarian support for the hurricane affecting the Caribbean,” said Capt. Scott Szalejko, 437th AW/15th Airlift Squadron C-17 pilot. “We are heading down to the Caribbean tonight and delivering an air traffic control tower, because the one in the Caribbean island was destroyed.”

The ATC tower was provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, and was requested by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide relief to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

“The Federal Aviation Administration office in Boise, Idaho, was tasked with supplying this equipment,” said Mr. Gregory Wickard, 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation specialist. “The FAA called our office, because they weren’t sure how to prepare the cargo for airlift and how to load the C-17. We had them bring the equipment to our base, where we did all of the prep-work.”

Working alongside the 437th AW, Mountain Home AFB 366th LRS had the tower prepped and fuel ready to ensure the aircraft was prepared for departure.

“It was out of the norm for us,” said Wickard. “Everyone in the work center played a part to get the work done on the flightline.”