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Special Tactics Airmen augment Haiti earthquake humanitarian efforts

Special Tactics Airmen augment Haiti earthquake humanitarian efforts
U.S. Air Force Special Tactics operators load tactical vehicles onto a U.S. Army CH-47F Chinook helicopter at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Nov. 23, 2020, while prepping for a landing zone assessment and survey mission.
The mission was in support of the U.S. government relief efforts in Honduras following the devastation of Hurricane Iota. Special Tactics supported Joint Task Force-Bravo and U.S. Southern Command, who all train to rapidly respond to natural disasters and humanitarian aid efforts.
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex.

Story by Alejandra Fontalvo, 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla.– Special Tactics Airmen assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing are currently responding to a request to augment humanitarian aid efforts in Haiti following a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on August 14.

The Special Tactics Airmen responding to the relief efforts will be working with Joint Task Force-Haiti under Rear Admiral Keith Davids, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command South. While in country, the ST Airmen will be responsible for conducting various airfield surveys to determine suitability for bringing in humanitarian aid via airlift. Special Tactics teams are also postured and ready to establish airfield operations and conduct air traffic control if necessary.

“Our Special Tactics Airmen are trained and ready for a number of humanitarian missions that we may be called upon to accomplish,” said Col. Jason Daniels, 24th Special Operations Wing commander. “Our teams are looking forward to providing assistance to the people of Haiti while working alongside our joint teammates in U.S. Southern Command in support of USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance.”

In recent years, Special Tactics Airmen have responded to several natural disasters including Hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras, Hurricane Michael in Florida and Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.

Special Tactics Airmen augment Haiti earthquake humanitarian efforts
Airplanes wait for off-load to support in earthquake relief efforts at the Port-au-Prince International Airport. Part-au-Prince was hit by a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake Jan. 12, 2010.
U.S. Air Force Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Stumberg.

Special Tactics Airmen fall under Air Force Special Operations Command and U.S. Special Operations Command and are trained to execute global access, precision strike, personnel recovery and battlefield surgery operations across the spectrum of conflict.

Special Tactics operators are experts in air-ground integration and have the ability to assess, open, and control major airfields to clandestine dirt strips in any environment.

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