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66th RQS returns from Hurricane Irma relief efforts

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An HH-60 HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, turns off its rotors after returning from Hurricane Irma relief efforts Sept. 15, 2017. The HH-60G is tasked with military operations other than war, including civil search and rescue, medical evacuation, disaster response and humanitarian assistance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

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An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, sits on the flight line after returning from Hurricane Irma relief efforts Sept. 15, 2017. The HH-60G rescue equipment includes a hoist capable of lifting a 600-pound load from a hover height of 200 feet and a personnel locating system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

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Two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, return from Hurricane Irma relief efforts Sept. 15, 2017. HH-60Gs helicopters, aircrews and Airmen were available to support of Hurricane Irma relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

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An Airman, assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, carries his gear off the flight line after returning from Hurricane Irma relief efforts Sept. 15, 2017. The 66th RQS worked with other joint service units in order to provide relief efforts following the landfall of Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

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A Pelican case sits on the flight line after being unloaded from an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Sept. 15, 2017. The 66th RQS worked with other joint service units in order to provide relief efforts during Hurricane Irma, Sept. 10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

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Airmen, assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, unload an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter after returning from Hurricane Irma relief efforts Sept. 15, 2017. The 66 RQS conducts peacetime search and rescue in support of the National Search and Rescue Plan and the Air Warfare Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

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Airmen, assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, unload an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter after returning from Hurricane Irma relief efforts Sept. 15, 2017. The mission of the 66th Rescue Squadron is to provide rapidly deployable, expeditionary, and agile combat search and rescue. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum/Released)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. --

In midafternoon Sept. 8, the 66th Rescue Squadron and 823rd Maintenance Squadron assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada received a call from the U.S. Northern Command to ready teams to support FEMA search and rescue efforts in the Florida Keys following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which later made landfall Sept. 10.

Nellis personnel had a C-5M Super Galaxy cargo aircraft assigned to the 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, California loaded with three HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, two personnel recovery task forces, 54 support personnel and nearly 60 short tons of supplies in the sky by the early morning hours of Sept. 11.

The 66th RQS returned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Sept. 15.


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