At any moment's notice, the CRW answers the call

ROBERTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Republic of Liberia - U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jose Arroyo, an aircraft maintainer part of the Joint Task Force-Port Opening team of the 621st Contingency Response Wing assigned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., marshals in a Globemaster III C-17 during Operation UNITED ASSISTANCE here, October 20, 2014. The 621 CRW is working in support of the USAID-led interagency team and the international community to provide effective and efficient delivery of assistance to the Government of Liberia to end the EVD outbreak. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez/RELEASED)

ROBERTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Republic of Liberia - U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jose Arroyo, an aircraft maintainer part of the Joint Task Force-Port Opening team of the 621st Contingency Response Wing assigned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., marshals in a Globemaster III C-17 during Operation UNITED ASSISTANCE here, October 20, 2014. The 621 CRW is working in support of the USAID-led interagency team and the international community to provide effective and efficient delivery of assistance to the Government of Liberia to end the EVD outbreak. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez/RELEASED)

ROBERTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Republic of Liberia – Capt. John Diaz, 817th Contingency Response Group commander’s executive officer part of the Joint Task Force-Port Opening team of the 621st Contingency Response Wing assigned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., prepares to board a vehicle during Operation UNITED ASSISTANCE here, October 19, 2014. OUA is a U.S. Africa Command-led operation to provide command and control, logistics, training and engineering support to the U.S. government’s efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in West African nations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez/RELEASED)

ROBERTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Republic of Liberia – Capt. John Diaz, 817th Contingency Response Group commander’s executive officer part of the Joint Task Force-Port Opening team of the 621st Contingency Response Wing assigned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., prepares to board a vehicle during Operation UNITED ASSISTANCE here, October 19, 2014. OUA is a U.S. Africa Command-led operation to provide command and control, logistics, training and engineering support to the U.S. government’s efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in West African nations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez/RELEASED)

ROBERTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Republic of Liberia – Senior Airman William Doty, an aerial porter part of the Joint Task Force-Port Opening team of the 621st Contingency Response Wing assigned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., unchains cargo inside of a U.S. Air Force Globemaster III C-17 during Operation UNITED ASSISTANCE here, October 19, 2014. OUA is a U.S. Africa Command-led operation to provide command and control, logistics, training and engineering support to the U.S. government’s efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in West African nations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez/RELEASED)

ROBERTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Republic of Liberia – Senior Airman William Doty, an aerial porter part of the Joint Task Force-Port Opening team of the 621st Contingency Response Wing assigned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., unchains cargo inside of a U.S. Air Force Globemaster III C-17 during Operation UNITED ASSISTANCE here, October 19, 2014. OUA is a U.S. Africa Command-led operation to provide command and control, logistics, training and engineering support to the U.S. government’s efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in West African nations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez/RELEASED)

ROBERTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Republic of Liberia - U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Kavion Bryan, an aerial porter part of the Joint Task Force-Port Opening team of the 621st Contingency Response Wing assigned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., directs forklifts at the flightline during Operation UNITED ASSISTANCE here, October 19, 2014. The 621 CRW is working in support of the USAID-led interagency team and the international community to provide effective and efficient delivery of assistance to the Government of Liberia to end the EVD outbreak. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez/RELEASED)

ROBERTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Republic of Liberia - U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Kavion Bryan, an aerial porter part of the Joint Task Force-Port Opening team of the 621st Contingency Response Wing assigned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., directs forklifts at the flightline during Operation UNITED ASSISTANCE here, October 19, 2014. The 621 CRW is working in support of the USAID-led interagency team and the international community to provide effective and efficient delivery of assistance to the Government of Liberia to end the EVD outbreak. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez/RELEASED)

ROBERTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Republic of Liberia - U.S. Air Force Airmen part of the Joint Task Force-Port Opening team of the 621st Contingency Response Wing assigned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., help load cargo using during Operation UNITED ASSISTANCE here, October 19, 2014. The JTF-PO is currently deployed to help facilitate and expedite the transportation of equipment, supplies and personnel. The U.S. Government is increasing its assistance to help affected countries deal with the most devastating Ebola outbreak in history. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez/RELEASED)

ROBERTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Republic of Liberia - U.S. Air Force Airmen part of the Joint Task Force-Port Opening team of the 621st Contingency Response Wing assigned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., help load cargo using during Operation UNITED ASSISTANCE here, October 19, 2014. The JTF-PO is currently deployed to help facilitate and expedite the transportation of equipment, supplies and personnel. The U.S. Government is increasing its assistance to help affected countries deal with the most devastating Ebola outbreak in history. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez/RELEASED)

ROBERTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Republic of Liberia -- The 621st Contingency Response Wing is known for being ready to deploy within a 12 hour notice. But on Sept. 16, the Air Force's requirement was much quicker.

A rapid-response team of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army air and surface mobility specialists deployed to Liberia as a Joint Task Force-Port Opening team in support of Operation UNITIED ASSISTANCE, a comprehensive U.S. effort to work with the World Health Organization and other international partners to help the Governments of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone respond and contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa as quickly as possible.

Capt. John Diaz, 817th Contingency Response Group commander's executive officer, was one of the first Airmen notified and deployed. His call came at approximately 3 p.m. By 6:30 p.m., he was in the air, on his way to Africa to take part in OUA with the Joint Task Force-Port Opening team as the lead logistics officer.

"This is the first time that I've ever been part of a mission where I was deployed as quickly as this," Diaz said. "I've never been rapidly mobilized in a very short time to get out here."

Diaz was part of a four Airmen advanced team that was rapidly deployed to evaluate the airfield infrastructure here.

According to Senior Airman William Doty, 817 Global Mobility Squadron aerial porter, the timeliness of the deployment took him by surprise.

"It was pretty shocking," Doty said. "I thought it was another exercise recall at first when I was called right in the middle of my lunch. Hours later, I was on a plane going to Liberia. It was very surreal."

According to Doty, this experience is a perfect example of the importance of staying ready to execute the CRW's mission.

"Training and readiness is very important because at any moment, you can be called," Doty said. "Our mission statement says we are ready to deploy within 12 hours, but you can be called upon in well less than that. So always be ready because it can happen at any time."

"This also shows that the training that I received along the way is invaluable," Diaz added. "When I'm out here, I'm alone, it's just me. So I rely on my training to get the job done while I'm out here."

Diaz expressed that he was honored to be a part of OUA.

"I love it!" Diaz said. "I love that they sent me out early and I was able to work with the U.S. Embassy in Liberia and along-side USAID to understand the big picture of this deployment. It's phenomenal."

"It's a great thing to help provide all of the support that this country needs in order to help them deal with this crisis they're up against right now," Doty added. "It's just great to be here and be a part of it."