Air Force, Army, and FEMA Join for Exercise

Airmen with the 60th Aerial Port Squadron at Travis AFB, Calif., hosted Army soldiers and Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives on Wednesday for training on how to make cargo airworthy during emergency response. “The more we practice, the faster we get,” said TSgt. Matt Greenwood, squadron’s air transportation standards evaluator. “We perform this training on a regular basis so we can maintain a quick response time to any disaster.” The Army partners with FEMA in 10 regional response teams around the country that are capable of mobilizing and acting within hours when disasters strike. When the call for action comes, FEMA officials contact the Army coordinating unit, which determines how to move a response team and its cargo; soldiers will request the air mobility support from the Air Force. (Travis report SSgt. Patrick Harrower)