Military aircraft moved to Fort Campbell ahead of Hurricane Matthew

(Courtesy: U.S. Army Fort Campbell)
(Courtesy: U.S. Army Fort Campbell)

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (WKRN) – Several aircraft from Joint Base Charleston were moved to Fort Campbell ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew along the east coast.

Fort Campbell posted about the six military aircraft’s arrival on its Facebook page, saying the C-17 Globemaster IIIs were from the 437th Airlift Wing of Joint Base Charleston.

The maintenance, operations and flight crews had little notice to prepare the aircraft once the official order came down to evacuate, according to 2nd Lt. Kris Eddy.

“It was very quick,” said Eddy. “We had a plan, we just had to execute it in a much shorter time span than initially anticipated. It was amazing and it wasn’t just these guys. All the other crews at home station helped too. They multi-tasked well to evacuate their families and the aircraft.”

For many of the maintenance personnel it is their first visit to Fort Campbell and their first time traveling for their job. While they are away from their home station, their work will not stop and they will continue to conduct missions.

“Originally it was going to be a strictly bed-down,” said Eddy. “We’re launching missions out of here, which raises the stakes but they’re doing great.”

Eddy explained they have been pleased with the level of support they have received from Fort Campbell. “It’s been great. Everyone has been helpful and flexible with everything we’ve asked. We’ve been blessed.”

“Keeping the mission going is always a joint effort and we are happy to be able to help our Air Force brothers and sisters continue their mission as they temporarily call Fort Campbell home,” said Fort Campbell via Facebook.