Overcoming the airlift operational challenges of Hurricane Irma relief mission: A case study from the Heavy Airlift Wing

Overcoming the airlift operational challenges of Hurricane Irma relief mission: A case study from the Heavy Airlift Wing

The Heavy Airlift Wing, equipped with its three Boeing C-17 Globemaster III long-range cargo jets, brought in 220,000 LBS of humanitarian aid along with personnel in the aftermath of hurricane Irma, proving to be a vital role in the disaster relief mission. Colonel James Sparrow, Vice Commander of the SAC Heavy Airlift Wing and speaker at Military Airlift 2018, was a key witness of the mission. In this exclusive interview, he dives into the mission, from planning it at short notice to facing security and operational challenges on the ground.


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