USAFE’s C-130J Support to Italy

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, assisted the Italian government in transporting medical and other relief supplies between supply hubs in Milan and Rome, Italy, May 13

By Senior Airman Kristof Rixmann 86th Airlift Wing/Public Affairs Italy May 14, 2020
9 photos: USAFE C-130J Support to Italy
Photo 1 of 9: An Italian air force member stands-by as a pallet of medical supplies from Milan, Italy is off-loaded in Rome, May, 13, 2020. In response to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak, an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules assisted the Italian government in transporting medical supplies between supply hubs in Milan and Rome, Italy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann)
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9 photos: USAFE C-130J Support to Italy
Photo 2 of 9: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Tan, 86th Operations Support Squadron aircraft loadmaster, guides an Italian cargo loader into the back of an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules during a support mission in Milan, Italy, May 13, 2020. This support mission, which successfully delivered more than 15,000 pounds of medical supplies to major distribution hubs in Italy, is part of the Rapid Air Mobility Program; a NATO initiative developed to decrease military aircraft clearance approvals to under 72 hours for all NATO nations, ensuring rapid response and resupply in support of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann)
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9 photos: USAFE C-130J Support to Italy
Photo 3 of 9: An Italian local national looks for guidance as a pallet containing medical supplies is loaded into an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules during a support mission to Milan, Italy, May 13, 2020. This mission distributed more than 15,000 pounds of medical supplies to key distribution hubs in Italy as part of the Rapid Air Mobility Program, which provides military aircraft clearance approvals in under 72 hours for all NATO nations. This program demonstrates the commitment to NATO allies as the world moves through this crisis together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann)
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Photo 4 of 9: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Tan (right), 86th Operations Support Squadron aircraft loadmaster, reviews manifest details with Italian air force 1st Warrant Officer Francesco G. during a support mission to assist the Italian government in transporting medical supplies to Milan, Italy, May 13, 2020. The mission is the first in a planned series of U.S. Air Forces in Europe mobility support operations to Italy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann)
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Photo 5 of 9: Italian air force 1st Warrant Officer Francesco G. guides a pallet of medical supplies into an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules during a support mission to Milan, Italy, May 13, 2020. The 86th AW C-130J helped redistribute more than 15,000 pounds of Italian coronavirus disease 2019 relief supplies, including KN-95 masks, surgical gowns, and COVID-19 test kits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann)
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Photo 6 of 9: An Italian local national poses for a photo after loading medical supplies into an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules during a support mission to Milan, Italy, May 13, 2020. The mission is the first in a planned series of U.S. Air Forces in Europe mobility support operations to Italy and helped redistribute more than 15,000 pounds of coronavirus disease 2019 relief supplies, including KN-95 masks, surgical gowns and COVID-19 test kits.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann)
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Photo 7 of 9: U.S. Air Force Maj. Thomas Morgan, 37th Airlift Squadron pilot, speaks with two Italian air force personnel after more than 15,000 pounds of medical supplies were delivered to a distribution hub during a support mission to Rome, Italy, May 13, 2020. This mission distributed medical supplies to key distribution hubs in Italy as part of the Rapid Air Mobility Program, which provides military aircraft clearance approvals in under 72 hours for all NATO nations. This program demonstrates the commitment between NATO allies as the world moves through this crisis together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann)
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9 photos: USAFE C-130J Support to Italy
Photo 8 of 9: More than 15,000 pounds of medical supplies were loaded into an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules during a support mission to Milan, Italy, May 13, 2020. The medical supplies shown flew to Rome, a major distribution hub, where they were needed to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 in Italy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann)
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9 photos: USAFE C-130J Support to Italy
Photo 9 of 9: A cargo loader is aligned with an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules before loading more than 15,000 pounds of medical supplies, destined for Rome, Italy, May 13, 2020. The 86th AW C-130J helped redistribute a variety of Italian coronavirus disease 2019 relief supplies, including KN-95 masks, surgical gowns and COVID-19 test kits, between Italian distribution hubs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann)
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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, assisted the Italian government in transporting medical and other relief supplies between supply hubs in Milan and Rome, Italy, May 13.

The mission is the first in a planned series of U.S. Air Forces in Europe mobility support operations to Italy and helped redistribute more than 15,000 kilograms of COVID-19 relief supplies, including KN-95 masks, surgical gowns and COVID-19 test kits between Italian distribution hubs.

“One of the things this coronavirus pandemic has revealed is the importance of our European partnerships as we fight this invisible enemy together with our NATO allies and partners,” said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark August, 86th Airlift Wing commander. “It has also reinforced what we have known for a long time - airlift is always in high demand in any crisis or contingency, and professional airlift is our specialty.”

This delivery, along with a variety of other DoD support efforts, demonstrates the U.S. commitment to the global pandemic response and highlights the close partnership between the two NATO allies.

The mission also marked another successful use of NATO’s Rapid Air Mobility initiative, activated in March 2020 to help NATO military aircraft quickly transit through member nations during contingency response operations.