Scott Air Force Base is playing a critical role in the Haiti earthquake relief effort. The Air Mobility Command Center is working around the clock planning, assigning aircraft and executing air missions.
The first plan carrying 30 tons of supplies and 73 members of a search and rescue team our of LA landed in Port Au Prince at 7:30am central time Thursday. At least ten more missions are scheduled today.
Among the biggest challenges for the forces at Scott Air Force Base is coordinating with other countries bringing supplies and manpower and dealing with limited room to park planes at the Port Au Prince airport.
The 618th Tanker Airlift Control Center at Scott Air Force Base anticipates being involved in this effort for weeks if not months.