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    USAFE’s C-130J Support to Italy

    USAFE C-130J Support to Italy

    Photo By Senior Airman Kristof Rixmann | A cargo loader is aligned with an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules before...... read more read more

    RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, assisted the Italian government in transporting medical and other relief supplies between supply hubs in Milan and Rome, Italy, May 13.

    The mission is the first in a planned series of U.S. Air Forces in Europe mobility support operations to Italy and helped redistribute more than 15,000 kilograms of COVID-19 relief supplies, including KN-95 masks, surgical gowns and COVID-19 test kits between Italian distribution hubs.

    “One of the things this coronavirus pandemic has revealed is the importance of our European partnerships as we fight this invisible enemy together with our NATO allies and partners,” said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark August, 86th Airlift Wing commander. “It has also reinforced what we have known for a long time - airlift is always in high demand in any crisis or contingency, and professional airlift is our specialty.”

    This delivery, along with a variety of other DoD support efforts, demonstrates the U.S. commitment to the global pandemic response and highlights the close partnership between the two NATO allies.

    The mission also marked another successful use of NATO’s Rapid Air Mobility initiative, activated in March 2020 to help NATO military aircraft quickly transit through member nations during contingency response operations.

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    Date Taken: 05.13.2020
    Date Posted: 05.14.2020 04:59
    Story ID: 369946
    Location: IT

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