Communication equipment loaded onto C-5 at Dobbins, headed for Puerto Rico

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. – A C-5M Super Galaxy from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware landed here to provide airlift for AT&T communication equipment and technicians Oct. 2 and Oct. 4.

The airlift mission provided critical infrastructure restoration in support of life-saving activities underway in Puerto Rico.

Many of the island’s three million residents have been without communication since the island took the full brunt of Hurricane Maria on September 20, 2017.

To restore communication capabilities on the island, AT&T provided mobile communications assets in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

This equipment included three vehicles: two satellite cell on light trucks (COLT) and one emergency communication vehicle (EMV). Members of AT&T Network Disaster Recovery Team use these vehicles to restore Wi-Fi, LAN lines and Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) capabilities, explained Lou Fiorenza, an AT&T Network Disaster Recovery Team member.

The C-5M Super Galaxy transporting this communication cargo is capable of carrying 135 tons and is the largest aircraft in the Air Force inventory.