Air Force

March 21, 2014

56th LRS provides humanitarian airlift support

Airmen from Luke Air Force Base and Altus AFB, Okla., push a solar generator up the C-17 aircraft ramp Monday on the flightline.

The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron provided Operations Ukraine Company with support on Monday for a humanitarian airlift of a solar generator going to Gonaives, Haiti.

“Since the natural disaster in Haiti, the country is still recovering, and we are working with Operations Ukraine to help them,” said Staff Sgt. Jason Salter, 56th LRS Air Terminal Operations assistant NCO in-charge.

Haiti was hit by an earthquake Jan. 12, 2010, near the town of Léogâne with the catastrophic magnitude of 7. At least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater were recorded by Jan. 24. An estimated three million people were affected by the earthquake.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas, which, in part, accounts for its slow recovery from the effects of the earthquake. Recovery is coming that much slower to remote areas, which is where the generator will provide power for an orphanage school and medical clinic.

“The generator is important because it will allow the clinic to stay open at night, run microscopes and keep a refrigerator,” said Kathy Cadden, Operations Ukraine founder and director of operations. “It will also provide electricity for the school.”

Although Operations Ukraine typically works with the 161st Air National Guard Unit at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, having a C-17 from Altus AFB, Okla., at the Luke Air Force Base Open House and Air Show provided the company with an opportunity to utilize the aircraft.

Airmen from LRS received the generator and assisted with loading it onto the C-17. The aircraft returned to its home base to pick up remaining parts before departing for Haiti.

The generator is scheduled to arrive in Gonaives on March 21. It sits on a generator that will enable the Haitians to take it to the remote location.

“I’m glad I’m able to help those in Haiti affected by the earthquake,” Salter said. “I think it’s great the Air Force helps victims worldwide. This airlift has given me the personal satisfaction of being able to affect the lives of people who are in great need as far away as Haiti.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Courtesy photo

Airmen reach terminal velocity

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Community Relations chief, takes in the expansive view after the chute was pulled at 3,000 feet. Luke Air Force Base Airmen were chosen to tandem jump with ...
 
 

Planning for your future equals success

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” ~ William Arthur Ward Success does not happen accidentally, it takes detailed planning and a vision of the future. I remember the day before I left for basic military training, I tried to imagine what my future...
 
 

Tuition assistance — a great benefit

In my opinion, tuition assistance is one of the best benefits that we as active-duty military members have available. During my 17 years in the Air Force, I have seen this benefit increase from 75 percent of tuition being paid to 100 percent. Additionally, most of us experienced this benefit being eliminated for a short...
 

 
Senior Airman Marcy Copeland

Military children celebrated for courage, resilience

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, signs the Month of the Military Child proclamation April 1 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The Month of the Military Child ...
 
 

News Briefs April 17, 2015

LOSC The Luke Officers Spouses Club invites spouses of officers to play bingo and have lunch at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Club Five Six. For more information or to RSVP, go to LukeOSCReservations@gmail.com. Days of Remembrance There will be a Holocaust remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m. April 30 in the Luke Air Force Base Chapel...
 
 

Salutes and Awards

Air Force Reserve Command announces major selects The following 944th Fighter Wing captains have been selected for promotion to major: 944th Fighter Wing Christopher Bisdnack 307th Fighter Squadron Jason Gentry 944th Force Support Squadron Derrick Young 944th Medical Squadron Jeffrey Cohen and Craig Lussier 46 graduate ALS class 15-3 The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin