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Staff Sgt. David Thomas, 315th Security Forces Squadron Raven team, helps push cargo out to the back of the C-17 during a humanitarian relief mission to St. Lucia Dec. 15, 2012. The 315th Airlift Wing missions involved two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft delivering humanitarian aid, medical and school supplies, food and construction equipment valued at more than $130,000. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Wayne Capps)
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Reservists deliver humanitarian supplies to the Caribbean

Posted 12/18/2012   Updated 12/18/2012 Email story   Print story


by Capt. Wayne Capps
315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

12/18/2012 - ST. LUCIA - -- Reservists from the 315th Airlift Wing delivered more than 38,000 pounds of humanitarian aid to the island nations of St. Lucia and Haiti this past weekend.

The missions involved two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft delivering humanitarian aid, medical and school supplies, food and construction equipment valued at more than $130,000, courtesy of the Good News Project, Inc. from Waussau, Wis. and the Apostolic Christian World Relief Organization.

"This was a very rewarding mission to be able to bring a jet full of supplies to these people who really need it," said 1st Lt. Sean Gribben, a pilot from the 300th Airlift Squadron. "This kind of mission is great, we really get to help people who need it."

Missions like these are made possible by the Denton Amendment, a state department/U.S. Aid program allowing the delivery of donated humanitarian aid to fly on Air Force assets on a space available basis.

According to Lee Thompson from the U.S. Embassy in the Eastern Caribbean based in Barbados, these types of missions further the relationships between our nations. "The humanitarian relief that we provide to these islands contributes to the mutual relationship that the American people, through its embassy, want to foster, and that is really the goal of the American mission in the Eastern Caribbean."

The mission was also a training mission for the numerous reserve aircrew members on the jet. Master Sgt. Drew Cheek, an evaluator loadmaster assigned to the 300th AS, conducted two evaluations (or check rides) on aircraft crewmembers. "These kinds of missions are great for conducting evaluations. The loadmasters get to see and work with different types of cargo, plus you get to help people who need it."

As a new pilot on his second humanitarian mission, Gribben was also training on this mission. I love flying these missions, I feel like I have greatest job in the world, it is very rewarding," said Gribben. "These are perfect missions to help train reservists."

1/3/2013 1:18:32 AM ET
Reserves get with the program. AD knocked off TDYs to ridiculous places years ago. Using 100s of thousands of dollars worth of fuel and exorbitant per-diem rates to deliver only 130000 of donated humanitarian supplies is FRAUD WASTE and ABUSE. The Denton Amendment did not intend for you to concoct training missions to the Carribean.
Maj, Home for a change
12/28/2012 9:43:13 AM ET
Is the photo used in the article a prediction 2015...some crystal ball.
Seer, scott
12/20/2012 7:15:44 PM ET
nothing like a little christmas change in the pocket for the reserves
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