The Air National Guard trains with a mobile kitchen for special delivery
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -If you’ve ever wondered how the Armed Forces or the public get food and water during a crisis. It gets sent to them... Literally.
We spoke with the Wyoming Air National Guard about their newest training exercise and what it takes to make that happen.
Part of the duty of the Armed Forces is being ready for the call in cases of emergencies. To do that, practice makes perfect.
Today the Air National Guard ran an exercise to ensure they would be ready and that when they got there, everyone could be fed.
On Thursday, the 153rd Airlift Wing of the Wyoming Air National Guard ran its first training event with its Disaster Relief Mobile Kitchen Trailer (DRMKT).
”Wyoming Air National Guard is the first unit to load this deployment mobile kitchen onto a C-130. We’re leading the way in this adventure for the whole Air National Guard,” said CMSgt. Christopher Lujan. Fleet Manager, Wyoming Air National Guard.
These units will be loaded onto C-130s to bring food and water relief to disaster areas for Armed Forces and civilians.
The unit can cook and feed 1000 within an hour and be called, loaded and arrive on-site within 72 hours.
”We do every year training, around the June, July time frame. Just to pull out and go through the motions so that we are very... top speed and top-notch with this piece of equipment,” said MSgt. Jack Hayes, Base Service Specialist, 153D Support Squadron.
Exercises that involve moving large equipment loads, like this DRMKT, are done quarterly to support local and national disaster areas.
”The Wyoming Air National Guard or Army Guard as a whole we’re ready to support any kind of disaster mission to come to help the Wyomingites around the state or help our fellow citizens if we need fire support or food.” CMSgt. Marshall Davis Load Master 187th Airlift Squadron.
These practice events help the Air National Guard stay prepared as the Sword and Shield for Wyoming and the nation.
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