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334th AEG pre-position for Florence response

Airmen from the 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit advance towards an HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter to perform maintenance, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Combat Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

Airmen from the 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit advance towards an HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter to perform maintenance, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Combat Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

An Airman from the 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit sits in an HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Combat Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

An Airman from the 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit sits in an HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Combat Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

HH-60G Pavehawk helicopters position for departure in support Tropical Storm Florence relief operations, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Combat Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

HH-60G Pavehawk helicopters position for departure in support Tropical Storm Florence relief operations, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Combat Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

An HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter launches in support of Tropical Storm Florence relief operations, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Combat Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

An HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter launches in support of Tropical Storm Florence relief operations, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Combat Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

HH-60G Pavehawk helicopters launch in support of Tropical Storm Florence relief operations, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Combat Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

HH-60G Pavehawk helicopters launch in support of Tropical Storm Florence relief operations, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Combat Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

Maj. Kevin Rynbrandt, 23d Wing Chief of plans and programs, conducts a pre-brief, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Combat Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

Maj. Kevin Rynbrandt, 23d Wing Chief of plans and programs, conducts a pre-brief, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Combat Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

Col. Jennifer Short, 23d Wing commander, left, bids farewell to an Airman from the 38th Rescue Squadron departing for recovery operations in support of Tropical Storm Florence, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Combat Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

Col. Jennifer Short, 23d Wing commander, left, bids farewell to an Airman from the 38th Rescue Squadron departing for recovery operations in support of Tropical Storm Florence, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Combat Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

Airmen from the 71st Rescue Squadron and 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load pallets and equipment onto a HC-130 J Combat King II, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Communications Squadron at Warner Robins Air Force Base, Ga.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)

Airmen from the 71st Rescue Squadron and 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load pallets and equipment onto a HC-130 J Combat King II, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)

Airmen wait to depart on a HC-130J Combat King II, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Communications Squadron at Warner Robins Air Force Base, Ga.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)

Airmen wait to depart on a HC-130J Combat King II, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)

Airmen from the 71st Rescue Squadron and 723rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron push a pallet onto a HC-130J Combat King II, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Communications Squadron at Warner Robins Air Force Base, Ga.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
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Airmen from the 71st Rescue Squadron and 723rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron push a pallet onto a HC-130J Combat King II, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)

A HC-130J Combat King II departs to provide Tropical Storm Florence rescue support Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Communications Squadron at Warner Robins Air Force Base, Ga.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
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A HC-130J Combat King II departs to provide Tropical Storm Florence rescue support Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)

Airmen from the 71st Rescue Squadron and 723rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron slide equipment onto a HC-130J Combat King II, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Communications Squadron at Warner Robins Air Force Base, Ga.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
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Airmen from the 71st Rescue Squadron and 723rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron slide equipment onto a HC-130J Combat King II, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)

Airmen from the 71st Rescue Squadron and 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load pallets and equipment onto a HC-130 J Combat King II, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Communications Squadron at Warner Robins Air Force Base, Ga.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
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Airmen from the 71st Rescue Squadron and 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load pallets and equipment onto a HC-130 J Combat King II, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)

Airmen from the 71st Rescue Squadron board a HC-130J Combat King II, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Communications Squadron at Warner Robins Air Force Base, Ga.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
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Airmen from the 71st Rescue Squadron board a HC-130J Combat King II, Sept. 15, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Tropical Storm Florence response. Under the command of Col. John Creel, the 374th Rescue Group commander, the AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from both the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and 51st Communications Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

The 334th Air Expeditionary Group launched HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pavehawks, aircrew and support personnel to pre-position at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., for potential Hurricane Florence response, Sept. 15, 2018, here.

 

The 334th AEG stands ready to support possible United States Northern Command requirements under the command of Col. John Creel, the 347th Rescue Group commander. The AEG integrated to make one expeditionary search and rescue unit comprised of rescue and support personnel from the 23d Wing, 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and the 51st Combat Communication Squadron Robins AFB, Ga.

 

“The Airmen of the 334th Air Expeditionary Group are mission ready and prepared to provide the necessary Air Force rescue and personnel recovery capabilities,” said Col. Jennifer Short, 23d WG commander. “When called upon, the AEG Airmen will respond at a moment’s notice to support potential recovery operations to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities in the Carolinas who have been affected by Florence.”

 

In the wake of Hurricane Florence, both wings received a prepare to deploy order requiring them to have assets ready to potentially respond to recovery operations.

 

Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical storm, is still capable of producing powerful winds, storm surges and the extremely heavy rainfall that will continue to be a serious hazard associated with the slow movement of Florence, according to the 23d Operations Support Squadron weather flight.