A crew from the Hawaii Air National Guard are en route to Texas today to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey.
A C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft from the 204th Airlift Squadron, 154th Wing carrying 16 crew members departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at dawn today after the National Guard Bureau requested their assistance for the relief mission this afternoon, according to a news release from the governor’s office.
The crew will first head to the Memphis International Airport in Tennessee. From there, the Hawaii Air National Guard will transport relief supplies to areas in Houston devastated by the hurricane.
Supplies to be transported by two flight crews and maintenance personnel include generators, tactical shelters, medical supplies and mobile kitchen trailers from other National Guard units from other states, the news release said.
They are expected to conduct multiple missions to aid victims.
“I’m very proud of our Hawaii National Guard airmen who were able to generate this mission on very short notice,” said Gov. David Ige who met with crews before they departed today.
“Hawaii stands with our brothers and sisters in Texas and I know the crew will be bringing the aloha spirit to a lot of people who are in great need right now,” Ige said in the release.