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First C-17 touches down in Sendai
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Members of the 730th Air Mobility Squadron load ten pallets of water, food and blankets onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft here March 20. These were the first humanitarian relief supplies to be delivered to Sendai. (U.S. Air Force photo/Osakabe Yasuo)
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First C-17 delivers humanitarian relief supplies to Sendai

Posted 3/20/2011   Updated 3/20/2011 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Michael J. Veloz
374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

3/20/2011 - YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Members of the 517th Airlift Squadron of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, took part in a milestone relief support mission during Operation Tomodachi here March 20.

Today marks the first C-17 Globemaster III to land in Sendai. The 517th AS delivered an all-terrain forklift to download supplies including four pallets of water and six pallets of blankets and food from Samaritan's Purse in partnership with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Japan Mission Center in Osaka and other church partners in Japan. Military aircraft began to touch down in Sendai, Japan providing supplies to those effected by the earthquake that occurred March 11.

"Being first isn't as important as getting there," said Capt. Charles Morris, 517th AS pilot. "Opening Sendai to C-17's is a must for Japan and to demonstrate our resolve and commitment to the Japanese people."

Flight crews were quick to highlight that the mission would not have been successful without the help of a team of combat controllers from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron out of Kadena Air Base, Japan as well as Japanese emergency management organizations.

"The crews on the ground have worked hard to clear a runway large enough for a big airlift," added Captain Morris. "We need more C-17's in there [Sendai] now."

Shortly after the first arrival, a second C-17 made its way towards Sendai carrying 18 pallets of humanitarian aid supplies.

Over the coming weeks, the ability to rapidly deliver more than 90,000 pounds of equipment and supplies into some of the hardest hit disaster areas will prove useful to humanitarian airlift operations centralized at Yokota AB.

3/21/2011 5:19:37 PM ET
praise God you are there to help them...
sheila orff, maine usa
3/21/2011 2:31:15 AM ET
Members of the 320th STS spent time clearing a section...
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