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Reserve Citizen Airmen help transportation efforts amid coronavirus pandemic

Staff Sgt. Aaron Antu, 433rd Logistics Readiness Squadron ground transportation operator, sanitizes a transportation vehicle being used to transport basic military training trainees who are being monitored for COVID-19 to and from medical facilities, May 21, 2020 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Antu, 433rd Logistics Readiness Squadron ground transportation operator, sanitizes a transportation vehicle being used to transport basic military training trainees who are being monitored for COVID-19 to and from medical facilities, May 21, 2020 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Antu is one of six Reserve Citizen Airmen activated to help with transportation missions on and off base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Iram Carmona)

Staff Sgt. Aaron Antu, 433rd Logistics Readiness Squadron ground transportation operator answers a call for a vehicle to transport a COVID-19 monitored basic military training trainee, May 21, 2020 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Antu, 433rd Logistics Readiness Squadron ground transportation operator answers a call for a vehicle to transport a COVID-19 monitored basic military training trainee, May 21, 2020 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Iram Carmona)

Tech. Sgt.  Ronald Hairston, a ground transportation operator with the 26th Aerial Port Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, secures concertina wire in preparation for shipping to the U.S. Army on May 22, 2020.

Tech. Sgt. Ronald Hairston, a ground transportation operator with the 26th Aerial Port Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, secures concertina wire in preparation for shipping to the U.S. Army on May 22, 2020. Hairston, a Reserve Citizen Airman was call to duty to assist with transportation missions that has taken him all over Lackland to include on and off base. (Courtesy photo by Master Sgt. Juan J. Guerra/Released)

Master Sgt. Juan J. Guerra, a ground transportation section chief/quality assurance, with the 433rd Logistics Readiness Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas helps offload sheet metal with an active duty Airman on May 27, 2020.

Master Sgt. Juan J. Guerra, a ground transportation section chief/quality assurance, with the 433rd Logistics Readiness Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas helps offload sheet metal with an active duty Airman on May 27, 2020. Guerra is one of six Reserve Citizen Airmen who were called to duty to assist with transportation duties because of a shortage of drivers due to the coronavirus. (Courtesy photo by Master Sgt. Juan J. Guerra/Released)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas --

Reserve Citizen Airmen with the 433rd Airlift Wing’s Logistic Readiness Squadron, were called to duty to assist with transportation efforts impacted by the current coronavirus pandemic in and around Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Master Sgt. Juan J. Guerra, 433rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, ground transportation section chief/quality assurance, has been filling in with scheduling, assigning personnel, and driving duties. These duties keep the base running, after Airmen, and civilian employees, who are considered to be at high risk of contracting COVID-19, were asked to stay home.

Social distancing guidance requires additional vehicles to accommodate base transportation needs. Alamo Wing Reserve Citizen Airmen were activated to help operate these vehicles.

“I love the Air Force. So when the opportunity came to help out in the efforts here at home, I jumped right on it,” said Guerra.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Antu, 433rd LRS, ground transportation operator, has been helping with transportation as well by shuttling personnel on and off base. The training squadrons on JBSA-Lackland are one of the factors that require utilizing more shuttles to transport fewer people in each bus, due to practicing proper social distancing.

“It’s satisfying to know that when duty calls, I’m able to come out here and help out,” said Antu.

The Alamo Wing Airmen came in to help and alleviate the shortage of transportation drivers and operators for Lackland. They took on the workload of about 26 individuals that were deemed to be at high-risk of contracting COVID-19. Their duties have been taking them all around the JBSA areas, to include on and off base.

Other Airmen assisting the mission are Tech. Sgt. Yoland Reyes-Molina, 433rd LRS; Tech. Sgt. Roland Hairston and Staff Sgt. Michelle Grazier, 26th Aerial Port Squadron; and Master Sgt. William Bonner, 74th Aerial Port Squadron.

As of May 22, their combined efforts have accumulated 6,182 miles of driving, of which an estimated 800 miles was off base. So far, they have transported 1,351 passengers on and off base in 456 trips.