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JBSA-Lackland Kelly Field stands up ISB to support FEMA’s Hurricane Maria relief efforts

Airman 1st Class Dakwon Aktkinson, 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron forklift operator, moves cargo around the air operations terminal Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field.  The cargo was being staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Support Base at Kelly for transport to areas devastated by Hurricane Maria (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Airman 1st Class Dakwon Aktkinson, 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron forklift operator, moves cargo around the air operations terminal Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field. The cargo was being staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Support Base at Kelly for transport to areas devastated by Hurricane Maria (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Senior Airman Sarah Nededog (fore) and Tech. Sgt. Antonio Montano, 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management office, straighten out cargo straps to help prepare Hurricane Maria relief supplies for air transport Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field.  The supplies were being staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Support Base at Kelly for transport to areas devastated by Hurricane Maria (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Senior Airman Sarah Nededog (fore) and Tech. Sgt. Antonio Montano, 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management office, straighten out cargo straps to help prepare Hurricane Maria relief supplies for air transport Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field. The supplies were being staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Support Base at Kelly for transport to areas devastated by Hurricane Maria (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Airman 1st Class Mavin Raboy, 26th Aerial Port Squadron straps down cargo pallets Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field.  The supplies were being staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Support Base at Kelly for transport to areas devastated by Hurricane Maria (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Airman 1st Class Mavin Raboy, 26th Aerial Port Squadron straps down cargo pallets Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field. The supplies were being staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Support Base at Kelly for transport to areas devastated by Hurricane Maria (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Airman from the 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron load relief supplies aboard a C-17 Galaxy Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field.  The C-17, from the 21st Airlift Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., was bound for St. Croix, U.S.  Virgin Islands, to aid in Hurricane Maria relief efforts.  (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Airman from the 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron load relief supplies aboard a C-17 Galaxy Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field. The C-17, from the 21st Airlift Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., was bound for St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, to aid in Hurricane Maria relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Airman from the 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron load relief supplies aboard a C-17 Galaxy Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field.  The C-17, from the 21st Airlift Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., was bound for St. Croix, U.S.  Virgin Islands, to aid in Hurricane Maria relief efforts.  (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Airman from the 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron load relief supplies aboard a C-17 Galaxy Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field. The C-17, from the 21st Airlift Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., was bound for St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, to aid in Hurricane Maria relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Airman from the 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron and 26th Aerial Port Squadron finalize relief supply pallets for air transport Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field.  The supplies were being staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Support Base at Kelly for transport to areas devastated by Hurricane Maria (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Airman from the 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron and 26th Aerial Port Squadron finalize relief supply pallets for air transport Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field. The supplies were being staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Support Base at Kelly for transport to areas devastated by Hurricane Maria (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Second Lt. Alberto, 12th Training Squadron student, straightens out cargo straps to help prepare Hurricane Maria relief supplies for air transport Sept. 22, 2017, at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field.  The supplies were being staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Support Base at Kelly for transport to areas devastated by Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Second Lt. Alberto, 12th Training Squadron student, straightens out cargo straps to help prepare Hurricane Maria relief supplies for air transport Sept. 22, 2017, at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field. The supplies were being staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Support Base at Kelly for transport to areas devastated by Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Second Lt. Alberto, 12th Training Squadron student, helps load relief supplies in preparation for air transport Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field.  The supplies were being staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Support Base at Kelly for transport to areas devastated by Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

Second Lt. Alberto, 12th Training Squadron student, helps load relief supplies in preparation for air transport Sept. 22, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field. The supplies were being staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Support Base at Kelly for transport to areas devastated by Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Air Force image/Dan Hawkins)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas --

The Federal Emergency Management Agency stood up an Incident Support Base at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Kelly Field to aid Hurricane Maria relief efforts with support from the 502nd Air Base Wing Sept. 21.

The ISB, the third such support hub hosted by JBSA and the 502nd ABW over the last month, will help posture relief supplies through a cargo deployment function for transport to areas devastated by the storm, primarily in the Caribbean.

“Initially, we are bringing supplies that are already at the JBSA-Seguin ISB here to Kelly,” said Capt. Nate Johnson, 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron material management flight commander at JBSA-Lackland.  “Once the cargo arrives here, we are receiving it and then palletizing it so it’s ready for air transport.”

Johnson explained the ISB was ready to accept up to 27 truckloads of cargo, using a 24-hour operations and 12-hour shifts with approximately 50 people.

In addition to the 502nd LRS, Airmen from the 12th Flying Training Squadron at JBSA-Randolph and from the 26th Aerial Port Squadron at JBSA-Lackland Kelly Field are also augmenting to assist with cargo operations.

“Having the assistance of Airmen from all over JBSA is extremely critical to what we are trying to accomplish here,” Johnson said. “(502 LRS) has been going non-stop since Hurricane Harvey hit, so having the support of our mission partners is vital right now.”

The augmentees are also helping day-to-day operations flow normally instead of being completely side-tracked due to the Maria operation, Johnson said.

Jumping in to assist FEMA and aid those in need in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria is JBSA doing its part, said U.S. Army Col. Lee Flemming, 502nd ABW and JBSA vice-commander.

“To everyone in the affected areas, my thoughts and prayers are with you,” Flemming said. “JBSA stands ready to support in anyway and will provide every resource we can.” 

“We are absolutely proud of all of our JBSA personnel out here making a difference in the lives of those hard hit by the storm,” Flemming said. “This is why we serve.”