Airmen leave RAFB to help Georgia county hit hard by Hurricane Michael

    Photo courtesy: Georgia Air National Guard, 116th Air Control Wing (WGXA)

    WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Airmen from Middle Georgia left Thursday to support efforts in the state's southwest Seminole County after Hurricane Michael.

    The 23 airmen, from the Georgia Air National Guard, 116th Air Control Wing, left from Robins Air Force Base (RAFB) with specialized equipment to clear debris from inaccessible roadways. Clearing blocked roadways will let first responders and utility companies start caring for some of the storm's victims.

    “We are sending out our route clearance package, or RCP,” said Master Sgt. Joel Furlough, flight superintendent with the 116th Civil Engineering Squadron. “The RCP is a domestic operations kit consisting of tools, chainsaws and two Kubota skid-steer tractors with attachments designed for removing debris.”

    rAFB says the 116th Air Control Wing is both trained and experienced in these efforts. In October 2016, they helped clear roads after Hurricane Matthew, and assisted again after Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

    “Our Airmen train consistently for these types of situations. This is part of what we do and what the Georgia Air National Guard is all about, to help the citizens of Georgia when something like this occurs,” said Col. Jonathan Cox, commander of the 116th Mission Support Group. “Citizens in our state are in need and we have the capabilities to help relieve some of that distress.”

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