THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
The US Air Force at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk have participated in a mission to transport medical equipment, including testing kits and PPE, to support African countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The mission involved personnel from the 727th Air Mobility Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall, along with the 9th Airlift Squadron, from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, loading cargo last week on April 18 which was bound for Accra, Ghana. According to the USAF, the equipment "will be distributed to hot spots in the US African Command area of responsibility."
Explaining the importance of the mission, Tech. Sgt. Kyle Murphy, 727th AMS Air Terminal Operations Center noncommissioned officer in charge, said that "This vital equipment was purchased to help Ghana and the rest of the continent combat what’s becoming known as the ‘invisible enemy’ ... 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."
Revealing that this was the first mission of its sort taken on by the 727th AMS, Murphy went on to say "It’s always a great opportunity to take on a new mission ... 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."
Maj. Thomas Reynolds, 727th AMS commander, paid particular tribute to several participants who helped to resolve the logistical challenge of the mission, including one member of the 727th, Angela Day: "Logistics is never easy, but thankfully we have teammates like Angela who make distribution situations look easy. Her hard work and coordination with our talented partners across Team Mildenhall, Air Mobility Command and with the local UK supplier, made this move a reality.”
Applauding the work of the team at Mildenhall, Major Reynolds went on to say that "The men and women of the 727th AMS are in the business of helping people through the execution of rapid global mobility ... 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 work hard to deliver."
Particularly during these difficult times, it's heartening to see such missions successfully provide assistance and equipment to those countries around the world who are also in need during the pandemic, and we salute the team at Mildenhall for playing an important part in such missions.