Into Liberia

Posted 10 November 2014
Photo by Maj. Dale Greer

The US Air Force’s 787th Air Expeditionary Squadron, which consists of Airmen and two C-130Js deployed from Dyess AFB, Texas, flew its first mission on 4 November 2014 in support of Operation United Assistance, the mission to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. The deployed Airmen airlifted more than eight tons of medical equipment, stretchers, blood, bleach, and other supplies on the first sortie into Liberia. The thirty Airmen from Dyess joined with seventy Kentucky Air National Guardsmen from the 123rd Contingency Response Group who have been operating a cargo hub at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal, since 5 October. Two more C-130s and about ninety additional Airmen are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

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