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Elmendorf C-17s Fly Cargo to Aid Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - C-17 Globemaster III cargo planes assigned to Elmendorf's 517th Airlift Squadron are transporting oil containment  equipment to New Orleans, La., to assist with the clean-up of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

So far, three C-17s and 15 aircrew from the 517th and 249th Airlift Squadrons have transported 211,000 pounds of equipment to Louisiana.

An additional three flights are scheduled. Elmendorf transportation experts expect nearly 500,000 pounds of oil containment equipment to be delivered before the operation is over.

Prepping and delivering the cargo has been a consolidated Team Elmendorf effort.

"I'm extremely excited to support this mission.  The nature of this equipment,  and the responsibility to ensure it is air-worthy, has presented our squadron  with several new and unique challenges, however our squadron has risen to the occasion and have been very successful through three aircraft departures already, " said Mike Boy, 3rd Logistics Readiness Squadron installation deployment officer. "We continue to closely coordinate with agencies from USTRANSCOM, USNORTHCOM, ALCOM, and FEMA Region Six. Up to this point, we have inspected, palletized, and loaded over 100 tons of equipment belonging to BP Exploration (Alaska) and the US Navy SUBSAL located on Ft. Richardson."

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