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Airmen from the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron help load a four-wheel drive truck with a water pump onto a C-17 Globemaster at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 2, 2012. Along with equipment and supplies, eight Airmen from the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron are being sent to McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., in response to a tasking from U.S. Air Force North to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anania Tekurio/Released)

Airmen from the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron help load a four-wheel drive truck with a water pump onto a C-17 Globemaster at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 2, 2012. Along with equipment and supplies, eight Airmen from the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron are being sent to McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., in response to a tasking from U.S. Air Force North to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anania Tekurio/Released)

Airmen from the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron guide a four-wheel drive truck and water pump onto a C-17 Globemaster at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 2, 2012. The 28th Bomb Wing is one of several wings supporting the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, sending several Airmen from the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron to the New York area to perform water removal. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anania Tekurio/Released)

Airmen from the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron guide a four-wheel drive truck and water pump onto a C-17 Globemaster at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 2, 2012. The 28th Bomb Wing is one of several wings supporting the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, sending several Airmen from the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron to the New York area to perform water removal. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anania Tekurio/Released)

Reservists and technicians from March Air Reserve Base, Calif., arrive at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 2, 2012 in a C-17 Globemaster to refuel, pick up supplies, equipment, and Airmen to assist with the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Eight Airmen from the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron departed to McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., to perform water removal and assist with structural issues. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Hada/Released)

Reservists and technicians from March Air Reserve Base, Calif., arrive at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 2, 2012 in a C-17 Globemaster to refuel, pick up supplies, equipment, and Airmen to assist with the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Eight Airmen from the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron departed to McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., to perform water removal and assist with structural issues. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Hada/Released)

Reservists and technicians from March Air Reserve Base, Calif., arrive at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 2, 2012 in a C-17 Globemaster to refuel, pick up supplies, equipment, and Airmen to help assist with the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Airmen from the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron loaded two four-wheel drive trucks and two water pumps onto the C-17 in response to a tasking from U.S. Air Force North to aid in the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in the New York area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Hada/Released)

Reservists and technicians from March Air Reserve Base, Calif., arrive at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 2, 2012 in a C-17 Globemaster to refuel, pick up supplies, equipment, and Airmen to help assist with the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Airmen from the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron loaded two four-wheel drive trucks and two water pumps onto the C-17 in response to a tasking from U.S. Air Force North to aid in the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in the New York area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Hada/Released)

Capt. Joe Deskin, 28th Logistic Readiness Squadron assistant installation deployment officer, secures a truck into the cargo bay of a C-17 Globemaster at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 2, 2012. The 28th Bomb Wing is one of several wings called to support the tasking that currently includes a request for 13 pumps and 48 personnel. Other Air Combat Command installations providing support include: 823rd RED HORSE, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; 633rd Air Base Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Neb.; 366th Fighter Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; 49th Munitions Maintenance Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.; and Joint Base Andrews, Md. Other major commands such as Air Mobility Command are providing vital support as well. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Hada/Released)

Capt. Joe Deskin, 28th Logistic Readiness Squadron assistant installation deployment officer, secures a truck into the cargo bay of a C-17 Globemaster at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 2, 2012. The 28th Bomb Wing is one of several wings called to support the tasking that currently includes a request for 13 pumps and 48 personnel. Other Air Combat Command installations providing support include: 823rd RED HORSE, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; 633rd Air Base Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Neb.; 366th Fighter Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; 49th Munitions Maintenance Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.; and Joint Base Andrews, Md. Other major commands such as Air Mobility Command are providing vital support as well. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Hada/Released)

Master Sgt. Ron Dunn, 729th Airlift Support Squadron loadmaster, marshalls a load truck to unload equipment and supplies into a C-17 Globemaster at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 2, 2012. Working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency even before Hurricane Sandy hit, U.S. Air Force active duty, reserve and guard units began conducting round-the-clock operations to support relief efforts in New Jersey and New York. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Hada/Released)

Master Sgt. Ron Dunn, 729th Airlift Support Squadron loadmaster, marshalls a load truck to unload equipment and supplies into a C-17 Globemaster at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 2, 2012. Working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency even before Hurricane Sandy hit, U.S. Air Force active duty, reserve and guard units began conducting round-the-clock operations to support relief efforts in New Jersey and New York. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Hada/Released)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- While most of Ellsworth's personnel were calling it a night, Airmen from the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron were boarding a C-17 Globemaster to lend a helping hand more than 1,500 miles away.

Eight Airmen, equipment and supplies headed to McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., the evening of Nov.2, in response to a tasking by U.S. Air Force North to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in the New York area.

"We were asked to provide eight people, two four-by-four trucks and two water pumps," said Rick Schroeder, 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron installation deployment officer. "The area doesn't have the resources to support our personnel, so the team will also take their own sleeping bags and MREs (meals-ready-to-eat), along with some minor supplies to set up the pumps."

Tech. Sgt. Christopher LeBlanc, 28th CES water and fuels systems technician and relief team chief, said he and his crew have been tasked to perform water removal in the area, but can help with structural issues if needed.

"We have people that need help, and we have the skills to do it," LeBlanc said. "We're happy to do it."

The 28th BW is one of several wings asked to support the tasking that currently includes a request for 13 pumps and 48 personnel. Other Air Combat Command installations providing support include: 823rd RED HORSE, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; 633rd Air Base Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Neb.; 366th Fighter Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; 49th Munitions Maintenance Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.; and Joint Base Andrews, Md. Other major commands such as Air Mobility Command are providing vital support as well.

LeBlanc added he is proud of the Airmen joining him on this mission.

"It's a great honor to be chosen for this," LeBlanc said. "These men are the pick of the litter."

Tech. Sgt. Demond Ingram, 28th CES electrical systems technician and relief team member, was enthusiastic about the trip.

"We're going out to be ambassadors of CE (the 28th CES) and represent team Ellsworth," Ingram said.

Schroeder added disaster relief is all in a day's work for Ellsworth Airmen. "As a military unit, we're always standing by - ready to help at any time."

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