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AFSOC assists Department of State, supports Hurricane Maria recovery

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  • Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs
Air Force Special Operations Command provided humanitarian assistance and disaster relief after Hurricane Maria in support of Joint Task Force Leeward Islands (JTF LI) for Dominica, Puerto Rico and Martinique Sept. 22-23.

A 53-person crew from the 1st Special Operations Wing arrived in Barbados with two MC-130Hs. In coordination with the Department of State, the 15th Special Operations Squadron evacuated 19 American citizens from Dominica, including one high priority medical patient.

The crew also relocated a 59-person joint task force from Puerto Rico to Martinique with 63,600 pounds of cargo.

This was the first time a Department of Defense fixed-wing aircraft landed in Dominica.

The U.S. Agency for International Development, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance serves as the lead U.S. federal agency for foreign disaster relief efforts.