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RI Air National Guard launches multiple missions to support Hurricane Irma Recovery

RI Air National Guard deployed to begin Hurricane Irma preparations. (NBC10 Photo)

Aircrews from the Rhode Island Air National Guard, 143d Airlift Wing launched five missions within the past 24 hours from Keesler Air Force Base (AFB), Biloxi, Mississippi and Quonset Air National Guard Base in North Kingstown to assist in Hurricane Irma recovery and relief efforts. The most recent on Wednesday afternoon.

The two C-130J aircraft and aircrews departed from Keesler Air Force Base after previously completing a mission to transport Soldiers from the Wisconsin National Guard to Florida and quickly recovered to Keesler Air Force base for future assignments.

Wednesday marked the eighth mission for the 143d Airlift Wing either in preparation for Hurricane Irma or to support recovery efforts in its aftermath.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the men and women of the RI National Guard while they serve those who were most impacted by this significant disaster,” said Colonel Daniel Walter, 143d Airlift Wing Commander. “Our team continues to respond to those in need and we will remain ready to assist until the job is done.”

Here is a list of the missions undertaken by the Rhode Island Air National Guard over the last 24 hours:

One C-130J aircraft and aircrew departed Keesler AFB on Sep. 12 to transport military vehicles and service members to Florida Keys Marathon Airport, Fla.

One C-130J aircraft and aircrew departed Keesler AFB on Sep. 13 to transport pallets of water to Florida Keys Marathon Airport, Fla.

Two C-130J aircraft and aircrews departed Quonset on Sep.13 to arrive first in Nashville Tenn. to load and transport military vehicles, service members, and Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) to St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.

One C-130J aircraft and aircrew departed Quonset on Sep. 13 to arrive first in Savannah Ga. to load and transport a cargo loader to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.


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