A crew of 13 Airmen assigned to 22 Airlift Squadron and 60 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Travis Air Force Base, California, delivered more than 56,000 pounds of humanitarian cargo to the Dominican Republic as part of the Denton Program, October 28.
The cargo, consisting of firefighting equipment and a fire truck, will modernize fire response and rescue capabilities for the Dominican community of Vicente Noble, Barahona.
The Denton program, a Department of Defense-The managed transport program, which moves humanitarian cargo donated by non-governmental organizations, remains an important resource for developing countries.
Each month, the 22nd AS conducts a major command service tail training exercise, and the Denton mission has applied lessons learned during training to a live operation.
âThe formation of an MSTT has an impact on every crew member,â said Captain Adam Stoll, 22nd AS pilot and aircraft commander. âThe training our loaders, flight engineers and unqualified pilots receive accelerates their refresher training to become qualified. “
With operational efficiency being a priority for the Air Force, the need to familiarize new aircrew with high weight movements is of the utmost importance to the accomplishment of the mission.
“In just a few months, the students I am currently training will assume the role of fully qualified Mission Stewarder and continue to provide strategic cargo airlift around the world at all times,” said Tech. Sgt. Kierre Vance, 22nd AS instructor stevedore.
From the loading complex in front of a C-5M Super Galaxy At the rear cargo complex (front and rear of the C-5), student loaders were trained in moving cargo on and off the aircraft, learning the correct procedure and protocol throughout the mission.
âThe humanitarian assistance that I was able to provide today made me see this work in a whole new light,â said Airman 1st Class Daniel Taylor, 22nd AS apprentice stevedore. âIt made me realize how lucky I am and how my job can help so many people. “
Flight attendants have completed their training in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where they continued to refine loading and unloading procedures.