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Air Force units and personnel—active, Guard, and Reserve—from around the country have provided assistance to the region devastated by Hurricane Katrina. This is a listing compiled from official news sources, as of Sept. 5, 2005. Below are a few of the images showing USAF troops at work in the relief effort.






Initial Listing of USAF Support to Katrina Operations 

(From reports as of Sept. 5, 2005; arranged alphabetically by base.)


Unit (Parent)

Home Base


89th Medical Group Andrews AFB, Md. Assist patient transfer
Barksdale AFB, La. (ACC) Barksdale AFB, La. Act as federal staging area
2nd Logistics Readiness Sq. (ACC) Barksdale AFB, La. Ferry fuel trucks and support vehicles to maintain SAR helicopters
9th Reconnaissance Wing (ACC) Beale AFB, Calif. Fly U-2 to photograph area for FEMA
Bolling AFB, D.C. Bolling AFB, D.C. Provide volunteer airmen to fix up building in D.C. to house vets displaced from Gulfport, Miss., retirement home.
55th Rescue Squadron (AFSOC) Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Provide four HH-60s and 100 airmen for SAR
563rd Rescue Group (AFSOC) Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., Nellis AFB, Nev. Provide nine HH-60s, air crews, pararescuemen, and maintainers for SAR
AFSPC units F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., Malmstrom AFB, Mont., Minot AFB, N.D., Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Provide UH-1Ns and crews
49th Materiel Maintenance Group (ACC) Holloman AFB, N.M. Set up bare base airfield operations
16th Special Operations Wing (AFSOC) Hurlburt Field, Fla. Provide HH-60s and crews for SAR
823rd RED HORSE Squadron (ACC) Hurlburt Field, Fla. Provide 100 combat engineers who bring supplies, remove debris, create shelters
16th Special Ops Sq. (AFSOC) Hurlburt Field, Fla. Fly MC-130P Combat Shadow with team of combat controllers to help set up New Orleans airport
122nd Air Support Operations Sq. (ANG) JRB New Orleans (operating from Camp Beauregard, La.) Operate and monitor satellite radio link to 40 tactical air control party airmen in New Orleans relaying disaster relief information
53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (AFRC) Keesler AFB, Miss. Track hurricane
403rd Airlift Wing (AFRC) Keesler AFB, Miss. (flying out of Asheville, N.C.) Ferry supplies to Keesler
Critical Care Air Transport & Obstetrics Teams (AETC) Lackland AFB, Tex. Aid aeromedical evacuation (some 31 women in last month of pregnancy and 25 critical care patients)
433rd AW (AFRC) Lackland AFB, Tex. Evacuate sick and injured
Lackland AFB, Tex. Lackland AFB, Tex. Serve as aeromedical evacuation hub
452nd AMW (AFRC) March ARB, Calif. Transport water rescue teams
908th AW (AFRC) Maxwell AFB, Ala. Supply two C-130s to move people and cargo
Maxwell AFB, Ala. (AETC) Maxwell AFB, Ala. Act as federal staging area
621st CRW (AMC) McGuire AFB, N.J. Set up aircraft and cargo operations at New Orleans airport
305th AMW (AMC) McGuire AFB, N.J. Transport contingency response groups
347th Rescue Wing (AFSOC) Moody AFB, Ga. Provide HH-60s and crews for SAR; C-130s for various tasks
55th Wing (ACC) Offutt AFB, Neb. Fly OC-135B to photograph area
920th Rescue Wing (AFRC) Patrick AFB, Fla. Supply three HH-60G Pave Hawks for search & rescue
5th Combat Communications Group (ACC) Robins AFB, Ga. Setup communications
139th AW (ANG) Rosecrans Arpt., Mo. Fly two C-130s, transporting 31 children and families to St. Joseph, Mo., children's hospital
Tanker Airlift Control Center (AMC) Scott AFB, Ill. Generate air mobility missions
932nd AW (AFRC) Scott AFB, Ill. Provide aeromedical evacuation crews and C-9 to shuttle active-duty medical teams
375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AMC) Scott AFB, Ill. Transport patients
105th Airlift Wing (ANG) Stewart ANGB, N.Y. Fly one C-5 to California to pickup SAR team and supplies and deliver to Louisiana
349th Air Mobility Wing (AFRC) Travis AFB, Calif. Transport water rescue teams
615th Contingency Response Wing (AMC) Travis AFB, Calif. Set up aircraft and cargo operations at Lafayette airport
60th AMW (AMC) Travis AFB, Calif. Transport tanker airlift control element
Tyndall AFB, Fla. Tyndall AFB, Fla. Send 30 cooks to Keesler
439th AW (AFRC) Westover ARB, Mass. Fly two C-5s to California to pickup SAR teams and supplies and deliver to Louisiana