CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An aircrew with the 130th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard is scheduled to fly into San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday to drop off a load of supplies to help in the relief efforts following Hurricane Maria.
The nine-member crew left the Charleston base Wednesday afternoon onboard a C-130 Hercules with stops scheduled in New York and Georgia later Wednesday before the San Juan destination,130th Airlift Wing Vice Wing Commander Col. Randy Huffman said.
“We can take a lot of supplies. We can take a lot of equipment. We can carry vehicles,” Huffman said. “They are really configured to haul anything that’s needed during a relief situation.”
The mission is scheduled to last until Friday but Huffman said the Air Guard is “flexible and responsive” in case there’s a change.
“You just never know. We may get a call while we’re in route to come home that there’s something else to be done,” Huffman said.
The mission to Puerto Rico is the latest for the 130th. It currently has airmen in the Middle East.
“We’ve got some crews in the fight right now overseas and that’s part of what we do and also domestic response, helping our citizens out while they are in a bind,” he said.