Mobility Air Forces enables JTF-Bravo deployment to Haiti

U.S. Marines with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command board a C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 8, 2016, for a deployment to Port-au-Prince, Haiti where they will augment approximately 150 other Soldiers, Airmen and Marines from Joint Task Force-Bravo and SPMAGTF-SC who deployed earlier this week with two CH-53E Super Stallion, three CH-47 Chinook, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawk helicopters to provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission. While in Haiti, SPMAGTF-SC and JTF-Bravo personnel are part of Joint Task Force Matthew, a temporary command established by SOUTHCOM in Port-au-Prince, under the command of U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Cedric Pringle, to coordinate and execute the combined Department of Defense supporting elements that include the Marine and Army aircraft from Soto Cano and ships and aircraft from the Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David Liapis)

U.S. Marines with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command board a C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 8, 2016, for a deployment to Port-au-Prince, Haiti where they will augment approximately 150 other Soldiers, Airmen and Marines from Joint Task Force-Bravo and SPMAGTF-SC who deployed earlier this week with two CH-53E Super Stallion, three CH-47 Chinook, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawk helicopters to provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission. While in Haiti, SPMAGTF-SC and JTF-Bravo personnel are part of Joint Task Force Matthew, a temporary command established by SOUTHCOM in Port-au-Prince, under the command of U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Cedric Pringle, to coordinate and execute the combined Department of Defense supporting elements that include the Marine and Army aircraft from Soto Cano and ships and aircraft from the Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David Liapis)

A C-17 Globemaster III from Dover Air Force Base, Del., prepares to land at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 6, 2016, prior to deploying to Haiti to support the ongoing Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts. The aircraft and crew from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, deployed to Soto Cano within hours of being requested by U.S. Southern Command to transport additional personnel and equipment necessary to sustain flight and maintenance operations for to support Joint Task Force Matthew hurricane relief operations where approximately 200 Soldiers, Airmen and Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and Joint Task Force-Bravo deployed this week with two CH-53E Super Stallion, three CH-47 Chinook, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawk helicopters to provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission.

A C-17 Globemaster III from Dover Air Force Base, Del., prepares to land at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 6, 2016, prior to deploying to Haiti to support the ongoing Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts. The aircraft and crew from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, deployed to Soto Cano within hours of being requested by U.S. Southern Command to transport additional personnel and equipment necessary to sustain flight and maintenance operations for to support Joint Task Force Matthew hurricane relief operations where approximately 200 Soldiers, Airmen and Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and Joint Task Force-Bravo deployed this week with two CH-53E Super Stallion, three CH-47 Chinook, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawk helicopters to provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dustin Jett, 612th Air Base Squadron senior information controller, halts a forklift as it loads equipment into a C-17 Globemaster cargo aircraft destined for Port-au-Prince, Haiti to support Joint Task Force Matthew hurricane relief operations, Oct. 8, 2016 at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. Approximately 200 Soldiers, Airmen and Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and Joint Task Force-Bravo deployed this week with two CH-53E Super Stallion, three CH-47 Chinook, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawk helicopters to provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David Liapis)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dustin Jett, 612th Air Base Squadron senior information controller, halts a forklift as it loads equipment into a C-17 Globemaster cargo aircraft destined for Port-au-Prince, Haiti to support Joint Task Force Matthew hurricane relief operations, Oct. 8, 2016 at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. Approximately 200 Soldiers, Airmen and Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and Joint Task Force-Bravo deployed this week with two CH-53E Super Stallion, three CH-47 Chinook, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawk helicopters to provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David Liapis)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dustin Jett, 612th Air Base Squadron senior information controller, guides a forklift driven by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jordan Woodard, 612th ABS information controller, into a C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, with equipment destined for Port-au-Prince, Haiti to support Joint Task Force Matthew hurricane relief operations, Oct. 8, 2016. Extensive joint planning between Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and JTF-Bravo logistics personnel was required to establish load plans and cargo prioritization so the equipment would be ready to load and transport without delay to prevent any mission stoppages or shortfalls. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David Liapis)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dustin Jett, 612th Air Base Squadron senior information controller, guides a forklift driven by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jordan Woodard, 612th ABS information controller, into a C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, with equipment destined for Port-au-Prince, Haiti to support Joint Task Force Matthew hurricane relief operations, Oct. 8, 2016. Extensive joint planning between Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and JTF-Bravo logistics personnel was required to establish load plans and cargo prioritization so the equipment would be ready to load and transport without delay to prevent any mission stoppages or shortfalls. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David Liapis)

Logistics crews from the 612th Air Base Squadron load a C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, with equipment destined for Port-au-Prince, Haiti to support Joint Task Force Matthew hurricane relief operations, Oct. 8, 2016. This C-17 was one of two aircraft rapidly deployed to Soto Cano to provide airlift for sustainment supplies and additional JTF-Bravo and Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command personnel who are conducting disaster relief efforts as part of JTF-Matthew using two CH-53E Super Stallion, three CH-47 Chinook, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawk helicopters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David Liapis)

Logistics crews from the 612th Air Base Squadron load a C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, with equipment destined for Port-au-Prince, Haiti to support Joint Task Force Matthew hurricane relief operations, Oct. 8, 2016. This C-17 was one of two aircraft rapidly deployed to Soto Cano to provide airlift for sustainment supplies and additional JTF-Bravo and Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command personnel who are conducting disaster relief efforts as part of JTF-Matthew using two CH-53E Super Stallion, three CH-47 Chinook, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawk helicopters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David Liapis)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Matthews, 3rd Airlift Squadron loadmaster, inspects cargo that was loaded on a C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, before taking off for Port-au-Prince, Haiti where the equipment will be used to support Joint Task Force Matthew hurricane relief operations, Oct. 8, 2016. U.S. Southern Command requested heavy airlift to transport critical equipment packages needed to sustain helicopter flight operations in Haiti being conducted by Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment using two CH-53E Super Stallions, three CH-47 Chinooks, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawks in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission to alleviate human suffering and bolster Haitian disaster response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David Liapis)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Matthews, 3rd Airlift Squadron loadmaster, inspects cargo that was loaded on a C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, before taking off for Port-au-Prince, Haiti where the equipment will be used to support Joint Task Force Matthew hurricane relief operations, Oct. 8, 2016. U.S. Southern Command requested heavy airlift to transport critical equipment packages needed to sustain helicopter flight operations in Haiti being conducted by Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment using two CH-53E Super Stallions, three CH-47 Chinooks, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawks in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission to alleviate human suffering and bolster Haitian disaster response capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David Liapis)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Ben Bertelson, observes as U.S. Air Force Capt. Mike Kieffabar, both 3rd Airlift Squadron pilots, reviews the final mission plan for their flight to Port-au-Prince, Haiti from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 8, 2016. The aircraft and crew from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, deployed to Soto Cano within hours of being requested by U.S. Southern Command to transport additional personnel and equipment necessary to sustain flight and maintenance operations for to support Joint Task Force Matthew hurricane relief operations where approximately 200 Soldiers, Airmen and Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and Joint Task Force-Bravo deployed this week with two CH-53E Super Stallion, three CH-47 Chinook, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawk helicopters to provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David Liapis)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Ben Bertelson, observes as U.S. Air Force Capt. Mike Kieffabar, both 3rd Airlift Squadron pilots, reviews the final mission plan for their flight to Port-au-Prince, Haiti from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 8, 2016. The aircraft and crew from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, deployed to Soto Cano within hours of being requested by U.S. Southern Command to transport additional personnel and equipment necessary to sustain flight and maintenance operations for to support Joint Task Force Matthew hurricane relief operations where approximately 200 Soldiers, Airmen and Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and Joint Task Force-Bravo deployed this week with two CH-53E Super Stallion, three CH-47 Chinook, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawk helicopters to provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David Liapis)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dustin Jett, 612th Air Base Squadron senior information controller, helps aircrew members from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas load a “conex” box onto a C-130J Hercules at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 7, 2016. U.S. Southern Command requested heavy airlift to transport critical equipment packages needed to sustain helicopter flight operations in Haiti being conducted by Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment using two CH-53E Super Stallions, three CH-47 Chinooks, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawks in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission to alleviate human suffering and bolster Haitian disaster response capabilities.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dustin Jett, 612th Air Base Squadron senior information controller, helps aircrew members from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas load a “conex” box onto a C-130J Hercules at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 7, 2016. U.S. Southern Command requested heavy airlift to transport critical equipment packages needed to sustain helicopter flight operations in Haiti being conducted by Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment using two CH-53E Super Stallions, three CH-47 Chinooks, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawks in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission to alleviate human suffering and bolster Haitian disaster response capabilities.

Members of Joint Task Force-Bravo stage supplies at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 6, 2016, prior to loading onto an aircraft headed to Haiti to support the ongoing Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts. As nine helicopters assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and JTF-Bravo deployed Oct. 4 and 5 with personnel and supplies, multiple mobility aircraft followed picking up pallets from Soto Cano AB to sustain Hurricane Matthew disaster relief operations in Haiti.

Members of Joint Task Force-Bravo stage supplies at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 6, 2016, prior to loading onto an aircraft headed to Haiti to support the ongoing Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts. As nine helicopters assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and JTF-Bravo deployed Oct. 4 and 5 with personnel and supplies, multiple mobility aircraft followed picking up pallets from Soto Cano AB to sustain Hurricane Matthew disaster relief operations in Haiti.

Members of Joint Task Force-Bravo stage equipment at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 6, 2016, prior to loading onto an aircraft headed to Haiti to support the ongoing Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts. Approximately 200 Soldiers, Airmen and Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and Joint Task Force-Bravo deployed this week with two CH-53E Super Stallion, three CH-47 Chinook, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawk helicopters to provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission.
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Members of Joint Task Force-Bravo stage equipment at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Oct. 6, 2016, prior to loading onto an aircraft headed to Haiti to support the ongoing Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts. Approximately 200 Soldiers, Airmen and Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and Joint Task Force-Bravo deployed this week with two CH-53E Super Stallion, three CH-47 Chinook, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawk helicopters to provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission.

A C-130J Hercules from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, goes through pre-flight checks at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, prior to deploying to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to support the ongoing Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts. This cargo aircraft deployed to Soto Cano AB within hours of being requested to transport additional personnel and equipment necessary to sustain flight and maintenance operations in Haiti.
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A C-130J Hercules from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, goes through pre-flight checks at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, prior to deploying to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to support the ongoing Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts. This cargo aircraft deployed to Soto Cano AB within hours of being requested to transport additional personnel and equipment necessary to sustain flight and maintenance operations in Haiti.

A C-130 Hercules from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes flight from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, headed towards Haiti to support the ongoing Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts Oct. 7, 2016. At the request of U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Transportation Command directed C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 cargo aircraft to Soto Cano AB to move critical supplies and personnel to Haiti where approximately 200 Soldiers, Airmen and Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and Joint Task Force-Bravo deployed this week with two CH-53E Super Stallion, three CH-47 Chinook, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawk helicopters to provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission.
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A C-130 Hercules from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes flight from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, headed towards Haiti to support the ongoing Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts Oct. 7, 2016. At the request of U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Transportation Command directed C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 cargo aircraft to Soto Cano AB to move critical supplies and personnel to Haiti where approximately 200 Soldiers, Airmen and Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and Joint Task Force-Bravo deployed this week with two CH-53E Super Stallion, three CH-47 Chinook, and two UH-60L and two HH-60L Black Hawk helicopters to provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission.

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 Approximately 200 Soldiers, Airmen and Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and Joint Task Force-Bravo deployed this week with two CH-53E Super Stallions, three CH-47 Chinooks, two UH-60L Black Hawks, and two HH-60L Black Hawks to provide heavy and medium lift to support the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission to alleviate human suffering and bolster Haitian disaster response capabilities.

At the request of U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Transportation Command directed Air Force C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft here to be loaded with and move critical supplies and personnel to Haiti to support the ongoing Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts.

“What most people see in these operations are the nine (helicopters) taking off to Haiti, but what is often missed is the multiple mobility aircraft that follow picking up pallets full of equipment and sustainment that ensure the mission can continue in Haiti,” said Capt. Kimber Robinson, the JTF-Bravo director of logistics. “The amount of effort that goes into identifying what needs to deploy, requesting airlift, preparing the cargo, and getting it on an aircraft is substantial and has required the involvement of all the units on base.”

The cargo aircraft were deployed to Soto Cano from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, and Dyess AFB, Texas, within hours of being requested to transport additional personnel and equipment necessary to sustain flight and maintenance operations for the nine aircraft in Haiti.

"We knew we were needed, and we're honored to be able to take part in this effort," said Capt. Jeremy Roberts, a 3rd Airlift Squadron C-17 aircraft commander. Roberts went on to say that within hours of getting the call, he and his crew landed in Honduras and prepared to transport much needed cargo to help with the mission to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the hurricane in Haiti.

Extensive joint planning was required to establish load plans and cargo prioritization so the equipment would be ready to load and transport without delay to prevent any mission stoppages or shortfalls.

“From the start of this mission, the Marine (Corps), Army, and Air Force logisticians have brought together their respective areas of expertise to push the cargo and passengers out to enable this humanitarian support in Haiti,” Robinson stated. “No one has focused solely on their service’s equipment and people, but are concerned about getting what is needed to support the joint element moving forward and ensure they have clean water, food, maintenance and life support. It’s truly a joint effort.”

While in Haiti, SPMAGTF-SC and Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment are part of Joint Task Force Matthew, a temporary command established by SOUTHCOM in Port-au-Prince, under the command of U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Cedric Pringle, to coordinate and execute the combined Department of Defense supporting elements that include the Marine Corps and Army aircraft from Soto Cano and ships and aircraft from the Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

The mission of JTF-Bravo includes being prepared to support disaster relief operations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, when directed by SOUTHCOM.