Sunday, February 1, 2009

Mt. Redoubt Causes C-17s to Come Here

Our community can appreciate the caution and need to reposition aircraft from Elmendorf to McChord based on the uncertainties and dangers of volcanoes. After all, Mt. St. Helens taught us that lesson.

See following the press release from McChord AFB:

MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – Airmen here are supporting a precautionary redeployment of Air Force aircraft from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska to McChord Air Force Base. The aircraft and approximately 200 Airmen who operate and maintain them are being temporarily relocated in light of increased activity associated with Mount Redoubt volcano, located approximately 100-miles from Elmendorf AFB.

Three Air Force Reserve Command C-130Js on assignment from Mississippi to Alaska relocated to McChord Saturday; three Pacific Air Forces C-17s will arrive late tonight. Other aircraft may arrive within the next 24 to 48 hours. McChord leadership anticipates the redeployment to last two to four weeks at a minimum.

McChord’s own C-17 strategic airlift mission makes the base ideally suited to host the relocated aircraft and allows the Elmendorf Airmen to continue to meet mission and training requirements.

Our ability to quickly receive additional air power on short notice and continue to support the nation’s worldwide strategic airlift requirements is a capability long-associated with McChord, said Col Jeffrey Stephenson, McChord’s 62nd Airlift Wing commander.

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