LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE (KATV) — Little Rock Air Force Base resources are being used to assist relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
Personnel and aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing departed from LRAFB to help with humanitarian aid efforts following the devastating hurricane that tore through the Caribbean earlier this week and is now making its way up the east coast of the United States.
Two missions were launched Sunday to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where more than 200 personnel were preemptively evacuated to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. The 19th is also flying humanitarian cargo into Haiti, where hundreds have died after Hurricane Matthew made its way across the western portion of the island of Hispaniola.
More than 20 airmen are in place in Haiti to assist the U.S. Southern Command in hurricane-affected areas. The 19th is also standing ready to support the aid effort in Florida if needed.