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Mobility Airmen transport humanitarian aid from Minneapolis, Niagara Falls to Nicaragua

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California, park the emergency vehicles they delivered to Managua, Nicaragua, July 26, 2020. The aircrew delivered humanitarian aid to Nicaragua in support of the Denton Program, a transportation program that allows non-government organizations to donate humanitarian aid to developing countries. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California, park the emergency vehicles they delivered to Managua, Nicaragua, July 26, 2020. The aircrew delivered humanitarian aid to Nicaragua in support of the Denton Program, a transportation program that allows non-government organizations to donate humanitarian aid to developing countries. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 30th Aerial Port Squadron, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station New York and the 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California, move an ambulance into position inside a C-5M Super Galaxy at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York, July 25, 2020. The ambulance, along with a fire truck and supplies were flown to Nicaragua on a Denton Program mission. The C-5M is assigned to Travis AFB, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Peter Borys)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 30th Aerial Port Squadron, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station New York and the 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California, move an ambulance into position inside a C-5M Super Galaxy at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York, July 25, 2020. The ambulance, along with a fire truck and supplies were flown to Nicaragua on a Denton Program mission. The C-5M is assigned to Travis AFB, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Peter Borys)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 30th Aerial Port Squadron, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station New York and the 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California move equipment inside a C-5M Super Galaxy at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York, July 25, 2020. The aircrew transported humanitarian aid, to include a fire truck and ambulance, to Nicaragua. (U.S. Air Force photo by Peter Borys)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 30th Aerial Port Squadron, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station New York and the 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California move equipment inside a C-5M Super Galaxy at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York, July 25, 2020. The aircrew transported humanitarian aid, to include a fire truck and ambulance, to Nicaragua. (U.S. Air Force photo by Peter Borys)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Holly Witte, 30th Aerial Port Squadron air terminal operations center representative, helps secure a ramp outside a C-5M Super Galaxy July 25, 2020, at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York. The ramp is used to load large vehicles and heavy equipment. Witte assisted with the loading of a fire truck, ambulance and supplies bound for Nicaragua in support of a Denton Program mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Peter Borys)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Holly Witte, 30th Aerial Port Squadron air terminal operations center representative, helps secure a ramp outside a C-5M Super Galaxy July 25, 2020, at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York. The ramp is used to load large vehicles and heavy equipment. Witte assisted with the loading of a fire truck, ambulance and supplies bound for Nicaragua in support of a Denton Program mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Peter Borys)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 30th Aerial Port Squadron, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station New York and the 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California load a fire truck inside a C-5M Super Galaxy at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York, July 25, 2020. The aircrew transported humanitarian aid, to include a fire truck and ambulance to Nicaragua. (U.S. Air Force photo by Peter Borys)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 30th Aerial Port Squadron, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station New York and the 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California load a fire truck inside a C-5M Super Galaxy at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York, July 25, 2020. The aircrew transported humanitarian aid, to include a fire truck and ambulance to Nicaragua. (U.S. Air Force photo by Peter Borys)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 30th Aerial Port Squadron, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station New York and the 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California guide a fire truck into a C-5M Super Galaxy at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York, July 25, 2020. The aircrew transported humanitarian aid, to include a fire truck and ambulance to Nicaragua. (U.S. Air Force photo by Peter Borys)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 30th Aerial Port Squadron, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station New York and the 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California guide a fire truck into a C-5M Super Galaxy at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York, July 25, 2020. The aircrew transported humanitarian aid, to include a fire truck and ambulance to Nicaragua. (U.S. Air Force photo by Peter Borys)

U.S. Airmen assigned to 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California, unload cargo from a C-5M Super Galaxy in support of a Denton Program mission July 26, 2020, at Managua, Nicaragua. The aircrew delivered a fire truck, ambulance, furniture, sewing material, agricultural supplies and educational material to Nicaragua. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. Airmen assigned to 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California, unload cargo from a C-5M Super Galaxy in support of a Denton Program mission July 26, 2020, at Managua, Nicaragua. The aircrew delivered a fire truck, ambulance, furniture, sewing material, agricultural supplies and educational material to Nicaragua. (Courtesy photo)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – U.S. Airmen assigned to the 22nd Airlift Squadron here delivered equipment and supplies to Managua, Nicaragua, July 26 during a Denton Program mission.

“We delivered a range of items to help the people of Nicaragua develop their communities,” said Tech. Sgt. Ryan Padgett, 22nd AS C-5M Super Galaxy loadmaster. “The equipment we delivered included firefighting equipment, a fire truck, ambulances, furniture, sewing material, agricultural supplies and education material.”

The Denton Program is an unfunded government program that allows non-government organizations to donate humanitarian aid for movement by the U.S. Air Force on training missions.

The program provides organizations with a cost-effective way to transport goods and help people, Padgett said. 

During the mission, the crew landed in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Niagara Falls, New York, where they picked up equipment for Nicaragua. The mission would not have been successful without the help of U.S. Air Force Reserve aerial porters at these locations.

“During this mission, the 30th Aerial Port Squadron and the 27th APS played a crucial role because without them, we would have lacked the manpower to load all of this equipment or the plan to fit it all,” Padgett said. “None of these missions happen without the aerial porters. They were so motivated and proud to be part of this mission and the service they provided was beyond exceptional.”

Participating in the humanitarian mission had quite an impact on him as well, Padgett said.

“Delivering this equipment was a great opportunity for us to help the people of Nicaragua develop their country,” he said. “By providing them with these resources, they are more likely to thrive, their economy will receive a boost which has the potential to lead to better health care, education and an overall higher standard of living.”

Amy Wiza, an executive director with Wisconsin-Nicaragua Partners of Americas, Inc. coordinated the distribution of the equipment and supplies after their arrival in Nicaragua.

“The beneficiaries of this shipment are the people of Nicaragua,” she said. “The equipment will be used to support over 1.5 million residents in various communities.”

Some of the materials Team Travis delivered could help save lives, Wiza added.

“Because we are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the fabrics we received will be prioritized for making masks and personal protective items to prevent the spread of the virus,” she said.

The Denton Program allows the Air Force to enhance training, build relationships with civilian organizations and cultivate goodwill among nations, Padgett said. 

”Everyone wins,” he added.

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