Travis AFB to deliver more life-saving COVID-19 assistance to India
By Nicholas Pilch, 60th Air Mobility Wing public Affairs
/ Published May 03, 2021
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 60th Air Mobility Wing is preparing to send two more aircraft loaded with critical COVID-19 medical supplies to India to help front-line medical workers combat the recent spread of COVID-19 in that country.
“This is what my troops train for: to represent the United States of America in a humanitarian crisis or a national defense contingency,” said John Buchanan, 60th Aerial Port Squadron Civilian Operations Officer.
On April 28, a C-5M Super Galaxy and a C-17 Globemaster III left Travis AFB carrying the initial shipments of more than $100 million in medical supplies the U.S. government is donating to India through the U.S. Agency for International Development. Those flights contained multiple pallets of oxygen cylinders and regulators, N95 masks and COVID-19 rapid diagnostic kits. Both aircraft landed Friday, April 30 (India Standard Time). Two additional aircraft are projected to depart the base for India later today, carrying similar supplies. The total assistance package will include oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, oxygen generation units, personnel protective equipment, rapid diagnostic tests and therapeutics, as well as vaccine manufacturing supplies.
“Right now, this is the number one mission for Travis,” said Buchanan. “Thousands and thousands of people need help. It’s about the bigger picture.”