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The Air Force has the largest, most advanced fleet of aircraft in the world. And we put it to good use whenever, wherever there’s a humanitarian crisis. Through use of precision airdrops from 30,000 feet, we can deliver lifesaving supplies to those who need it most and do it faster than anyone else.
If there is a medical emergency somewhere in the world, the Air Force’s Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCAT) will be there on a C-130 that has been converted into a flying ambulance. The Air Force also operates the only long-distance extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine in the world to provide cardiac and respiratory care.
You don’t need an international conflict or a natural disaster to help others. All you need is the will and the resources. And the Air Force has plenty of both. All over the world, Airmen are putting their expertise to work saving lives and making a difference whether it’s delivering food, medical supplies or soccer balls.
When an out-of-control wildfire cannot be contained by local firefighters, they rely on the Air Force. Trained to fight all kinds of blazes, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves are primarily called on to fight land fires using C-130s that are specially equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS).
Every day highly trained Special Warfare Airmen put their lives at risk to save others. Within hours after a 7.0 earthquake devastated much of Haiti, a small Air Force team was on the ground and getting the main airport up and running using nothing more than a card table and handheld radios so aid could be flown in and delivered to those in need.