Wright-Patt C-17 crews flying throughout U.S. to aid hurricane relief effort

The Air Force Reserve 445th Airlift Wing at the Miami Valley base sent a C-17 to Phoenix, Ariz., early Friday morning to transport supplies to Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y., according to 445th spokeswoman Lt. Col. Cynthia Harris. The crew returned home the same day.

Late Friday, a 445th C-17 was set to depart Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas for Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Harris said. On Saturday, another unit C-17 is set to fly from a departure location not immediately known to Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle, she said. The aircraft will transport the cargo to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

Additional information on the cargo was not immediately available. Two other Wright-Patterson-based C-17s were on stand by, Harris said.

Last Thursday, a C-17 crew picked up 26 workers from the utility company Southern California Edison and five vehicles for a flight from March Air Reserve Base, Calif., to Stewart Air National Guard Base.

The 445th Airlift Wing has nine C-17 jets and about 2,000 reservists based at Wright-Patterson.

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