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By Staff Sgt. Frank Casciotta, 302nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 16, 2018
Staff Sgt. Jennifer Shippy, 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron, secures a cargo net around boxes of donated winter weather gear inside the 39th Aerial Port Squadron’s loading bay at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Jan. 29, 2018. Approximately, 13,000 pounds of winter clothes are being transported via a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from March AFB, California, to mountainous villages in Afghanistan through the Denton Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Frank Casciotta)
A 39th Aerial Port Squadron 25K aircraft loader prepares to transfer three pallets of winter weather clothing onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft on the Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado flightline, Feb. 5, 2018. Coordinated with the Denton Program, the winter clothes are being transported via a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from March Air Reserve Base, California, to mountainous villages in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Frank Casciotta)
Tech. Sgt. Kristina Marshall, a 39th Aerial Port Squadron air transportation technician, drives a forklift carrying donated winter weather clothing into the loading bay at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Jan. 29, 2018. The winter clothes was palletized and transported from Peterson AFB, Colorado via a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from March Air Reserve Base, California, to mountainous villages in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Frank Casciotta)
For the second year in a row, Air Force reservists with the 39th Aerial Port Squadron have partnered with the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron to help deliver winter weather clothes to Afghanistan via the Denton Program.
Similar to last year, there was more than 13,000 pounds of donated winter weather clothes to be prepared and transported from here via the Denton Program.
The Denton Program permits Defense Department transportation on a space-available basis for approved, privately donated humanitarian assistance cargo destined for countries on an approved listing provided by the Department of Defense.
Staff Sgt. Meagan Hasty, a 39th APS air transportation technician, coordinated the cargo delivery here where she and her 39th APS team and 21st LRS Airmen could prepare it for shipment on a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from March Air Reserve Base, California.
“Working with the 21st (LRS) on this has been great,” said Hasty. “When we worked this mission last year, they told us not to worry about needing help next time something like this pops up. They just said ‘consider it done.’ We couldn’t have done this without their support. Situations like this show the importance of Total Force Integration.”
In all, six pallets of winter clothing to include coats for children, were loaded onto the C-17, which will make its way to the mountainous regions of Afghanistan and distributed to those in need by Cyrus International Inc. in the coming months.
“There are a lot of different pieces of the puzzle to coordinate,” said Hasty. “Knowing who this cargo is going to makes getting it trucked to us, building up the pallets, and getting timely airlift support to move the cargo overseas all worthwhile.”