Feature   Defense News

Mobility Airmen Transport COVID-19 Equipment to Ghana

May 4, 2020 | BY AIR FORCE SENIOR AIRMAN BRANDON ESAU

Air Force airmen and contractors from the 727th Air Mobility Squadron, loaded pallets of wet ice, testing kits and other personal protective equipment onto a 9th Airlift Squadron C-5 Super Galaxy to be delivered from Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, to Acca, Ghana, to be distributed to COVID-19 hot spots in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.

A C-5 Super Galaxy landing.
Super Galaxy Landing
A U.S. Air Force C-5 Super Galaxy assigned to the 9th Airlift Squadron, Dover Air Force Base, Del., arrives at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, April 18, 2020. The 9th Airlift Squadron and the 727th Air Mobility Squadron, based at RAF Mildenhall, took part in a medical mission delivering COVID-19 test kits and other equipment to Accra, Ghana, to be distributed throughout the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.
Photo By: Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Esau
VIRIN: 200418-F-QO224-1000D

''This vital equipment was purchased to help Ghana and the rest of the continent combat what's becoming known as the 'invisible enemy,''' said Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kyle Murphy, the noncommissioned officer in charge of air terminal operations for the 727th Air Mobility Squadron. ''A lot of different organizations and countries had a hand in coordination to help this run smoothly, and it was great to see us coming together to tackle this pandemic.''

An airmen directs a K-loader loading pallets onto a C-5 Super Galaxy.
Equipment Direction
Air Force Staff Sgt. Kalem Postell, a security manager with the 727th Air Mobility Squadron, directs equipment onto a 9th Airlift Squadron C-5 Super Galaxy during a medical mission at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, April 18, 2020. The 9th Airlift Squadron and the 727th Air Mobility Squadron, based at RAF Mildenhall, took part in a mission delivering COVID-19 test kits and other equipment to Accra, Ghana, to be distributed throughout the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.
Photo By: Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Esau
VIRIN: 200418-F-QO224-1004D

According to Murphy, this was the first mission of its kind to be performed by the 727th Air Mobility Squadron.

Whether that's moving aircraft parts to the flight line, household goods to the front door, or medical supplies to the front line, our team works hard to deliver.''
Air Force Maj. Thomas Reynolds, commander, 727th Air Mobility Squadron

''It's always a great opportunity to take on a new mission,'' he said. ''Now that we see the efficiency in which we were able to accomplish it, I believe it will remain an option the 727th AMS will be able to handle into the future.''

Another major component for mission success was logistics. Air Force Maj. Thomas Reynolds, the commander of the 727th Air Mobility Squadron, said the delivery would not have been possible without the help from the 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron, who provided fuel for the C-5, and especially Angela Day, a member of the 727th Air Mobility Squadron.

An airmen pushes pallets off a C-5 Super Galaxy.
Pallet Move
Air Force Staff Sgt. Kalem Postell, a security manager with the 727th Air Mobility Squadron, pushes pallets off of a 9th Airlift Squadron C-5 Super Galaxy during a medical mission at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, April 18, 2020. The 727th Air Mobility Squadron and 9th Airlift Squadron took part in a mission delivering COVID-19 test kits and other equipment to Accra, Ghana, to be distributed throughout the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.
Photo By: Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Esau
VIRIN: 200418-F-QO224-1008

''Logistics is never easy, but thankfully we have teammates like Angela who make distribution situations look easy,'' Reynolds said. ''Her hard work and coordination with our talented partners across Team Mildenhall, Air Mobility Command and with the local [United Kingdom] supplier, made this move a reality.''

Every day, Air Mobility Command airmen live by the mantra ''We answer the call of others, so that they may prevail,'' Reynolds noted, adding that he believes this mission showed how the 727th Air Mobility Squadron is prepared to respond at any moment.

Contractors secure pallets aboard a C-5 Super Galaxy.
Medical Mission
Contractors from the 727th Air Mobility Squadron, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, secure cargo pallets aboard a 9th Airlift Squadron C-5 Super Galaxy from Dover Air Force Base, Del., during a medical mission at RAF Mildenhall, April 18, 2020. The 727th Air Mobility Squadron and 9th Airlift Squadron took part in a mission delivering COVID-19 test kits and other equipment to Accra, Ghana, to be distributed throughout the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.
Photo By: Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Esau
VIRIN: 200418-F-QO224-1005
Airmen and contractors push pallets off a C-5 Super Galaxy.
Pallet Push
Air mobility airmen and contractors from the 727th Air Mobility Squadron push pallets of cargo off of a C-5 Super Galaxy during a medical mission at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, April 18, 2020. The 727th Air Mobility Squadron and 9th Airlift Squadron took part in a mission delivering COVID-19 test kits and other equipment to Accra, Ghana, to be distributed throughout the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.
Photo By: Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Esau
VIRIN: 200418-F-QO224-1002

''The men and women of the 727th AMS are in the business of helping people through the execution of rapid global mobility,'' the major said. ''Whether that's moving aircraft parts to the flight line, household goods to the front door, or medical supplies to the front line, our team works hard to deliver.''

(Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Esau is assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing.)