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Pope AFB Pioneers New Humanitarian Wing

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POPE AIR FORCE BASE — Pope Air Force Baseis helping pioneer a new humanitarian and relief effort. The Air Force's first-ever Lead Mobility Wing is operating at Pope for the next 60 days.

Pope airmen are an integral part of worldwide humanitarian and relief efforts, which is why the Air Force picked the base to operate the first-ever Lead Mobility Wing.

Wing members must determine the personnel, aircraft, and other equipment needed for a mission. Then, they have to get everything where it is going quickly.

"At this point, we now know for the next 60 days they could call us here at Pope to do a specific mission anywhere in the world to support humanitarian relief or disaster assistance missions," said Col. Hugh Gordon.

Members of the wing have spent the last two weeks at Fort Dix, N.J., training for their new mission. Lt. Bob Pekararo says the 26-member team learned how to work together and quickly assess what is needed.

"What we have is individuals from all different functions in the air wing itself, representing services, security forces, to the JAG, public affairs to communications," Pekararo said.

Pope will handle the wing responsibilities through November. Travis Air Force Base leaders in California will take over in December.

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