C-130s Carry Aid, Equipment
The 374th Air
Expeditionary Group completed its first mission to Indonesia June 1
to deliver relief supplies in the wake of a devastating earthquake
that killed more than 6,200 people, and displaced or left thousands
Two C-130 Hercules transport aircraft deployed to Paya Lebar Air
Base with approximately 85 Airmen to help assist forward deployed
personnel in Indonesia.
"We are here to help at the request of the Indonesian
government," said Col. William Davidson, 374th AEG commander. "We
are rapidly responding with critically needed capabilities to
deliver relief to the areas requiring immediate aid."
"We’re taking the most important stuff first," said Major
Timothy Thurston, navigator on the first C-130 Hercules cargo
aircraft mission into Indonesia by the 374th AEG. "The C-130 is
suited for this type of humanitarian mission. Taking a forklift and
some combat mobility element Airmen to Indonesia is exactly what we
need to do to get our overall relief efforts underway."
Airmen supporting the mission in Indonesia say are glad they can
be of assistance.
"We’re interacting with the people and helping them on a
more personal basis. You get to know and experience what the
Indonesian people are going through and provide comfort during
their time of need," said Senior Airman Joshua Joslyn, a combat
mobility element airman.
As preparations are completed, airmen are paving the way to
quickly and efficiently get supplies in the hands of the people who
"I would like thank the people of Singapore for their
hospitality in hosting us to help the people of Indonesia," said
Col. Davidson. "My condolences go out to the families who lost
loved ones and those left without shelter and food. It’s our
hope that our relief efforts will help lessen their suffering and
Airmen from several different specialties are supporting this
mission to include aircrew, maintenance, logistics readiness,
contracting, communications, finance and medial support. The airmen
are deployed from Yokota and Misawa Air Bases in Japan.
(ANN thanks the 374th Air Expeditionary Wing for its report.
Keep up the good work, guys.)