Alamo Wing supports U.S. Army Southern Command

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  • By Benjamin Faske
  • 433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 433rd Airlift Wing provided a lending hand to U.S. Army South’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion soldiers as they geared up for an emergency deployment exercise to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Sept. 8, 2016 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

“The purpose of this exercise is to test our abilities and contingency response for a strategic airlift movement in support of U.S. Southern Command,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Levesque, U.S. Army South Battalion commander.

Aerial porters with the 74th Aerial Port Squadron weighed and loaded 68,000 pounds of cargo and equipment while loadmasters from the 68th Airlift Squadron secured the loaded Humvees onto an awaiting C-5A Galaxy aircraft. The purpose of the exercise is to test the unit’s ability to mobilize in a 48-hour time period and set up a mobile command post in country.