The United States Air Force has pulled out all the stops in an effort to support the ongoing relief efforts in Haiti. Among some of the things they are doing and arguably one of the most critical efforts of the relief in general, is controlling the airspace in and around Haiti and, most importantly, the Port Au Prince Airport. Currently Air Force combat controllers are providing the air traffic control for all traffic in and out of Haiti.
Another critical part of the overall relief effort is the transportation of all of the items necessary to support the ongoing relief operations. Air Force Air Mobility Command is currently providing several of its C-17 and C-130 aircraft along with a number of its personnel to support this mission. You can read all about the full effort of AMC and the 618th Tanker Airlift Control Center here.
Some other missions include:
- Deployment of Special Operations C-130’s
- Deployment of Special Operations Airman from Hulburt Field in Florida
- Deployment of C-17 aircraft from California
I’m currently working with AMC to see if I can get myself on a flight down there to cover the response first hand. I will keep you updated as to my progress. Also, for the latest updates on the USAF efforts to support the relief operation, I would follow @USAFPressDesk on Twitter.