Youngstown reservists deliver humanitarian aid

Airlift wing in Vienna delivers humanitarian aid to Honduras

VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – A humanitarian mission took off Wednesday from the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

An Air Force KC-10 aircraft, assigned to the 2nd Air Refueling Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, arrived in Vienna Wednesday to pick up 14 pallets of medical supplies and a utility vehicle for delivery to Honduras.

MedWish International, a non-profit organization based in Cleveland, collected the supplies from local hospitals and is sending it to Honduras via the Denton Program, which allows private U.S. citizens and organizations to use space available on U.S. military cargo planes to transport humanitarian goods, such as clothing, food, medical and educational supplies, and agricultural equipment and vehicles, to countries in need.

The program is jointly administered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of State and the Department of Defense.

“We would throw some of this stuff away cause there are newer things out there. It is invaluable. It helps them out in what they are trying to accomplish medically and for the community down there where it goes,” 76th Aerial Port Squadron Superintendent Kevin Massie said.

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