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Texas reserve wing assists in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

By Ms. Minnie Jones | 433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs | Sept. 2, 2017

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas —

Critical Care Air Transportation Teams from the 59th Medical Wing here at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, other Air Force units around the country, supplies and equipment were manifested on board a 433rd Airlift Wing, C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft bound for Houston, Texas late Aug. 30, 2017.

The mission was to deliver medical personnel, equipment and supplies to support relief efforts after the devastation that Hurricane Harvey left behind.

Earlier in the week the "Alamo Wing" got the call they may be called up. Aircrews were then placed in Bravo Alert status until a requirement was identified by Air Mobility Command's Tanker Airlift Control Center at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

Under these circumstances, little is known about the mission until the unit receives the specifics. In this case, the place was Bush International Airport, Houston, Texas. The cargo included 64 medical personnel and 80,000 tons of supplies and equipment. Members of the 26th Aerial Port Squadron manifested and loaded the equipment.

Once the massive aircraft landed in Houston, Airmen from the 123rd Contingency Response Group from the 123rd Airlift Wing Kentucky Air National Guard unloaded the supplies as quickly as possible and stored the cargo in one of the airport’s hangers, waiting for further instructions.

After the load was downloaded, the Super Galaxy left Houston, headed for its next mission.