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Rescue assets preposition for Hurricane Irma relief

Moody HH-60G Pavehawk pilots prepare to takeoff in support of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody aircraft and rescue assets travelled to Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., for shelter before re-engaging with other Moody assets to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other first responder agencies during upcoming Hurricane Irma in the Southeast region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

Moody HH-60G Pavehawk pilots prepare to takeoff in support of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody aircraft and rescue assets travelled to Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., for shelter before re-engaging with other Moody assets to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other first responder agencies during upcoming Hurricane Irma in the Southeast region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

An Airman from the 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit performs maintenance on an HH-60G Pavehawk prior to takeoff, Sept. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody aircraft and rescue assets travelled to Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., for shelter before re-engaging with other Moody assets to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other first responder agencies during upcoming Hurricane Irma in the Southeast region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

An Airman from the 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit performs maintenance on an HH-60G Pavehawk prior to takeoff, Sept. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody aircraft and rescue assets travelled to Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., for shelter before re-engaging with other Moody assets to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other first responder agencies during upcoming Hurricane Irma in the Southeast region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

Moody HH-60G Pavehawks prepare to launch in support of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody aircraft and rescue assets travelled to Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., for shelter before re-engaging with other Moody assets to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other first responder agencies during upcoming Hurricane Irma in the Southeast region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

Moody HH-60G Pavehawks prepare to launch in support of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody aircraft and rescue assets travelled to Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., for shelter before re-engaging with other Moody assets to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other first responder agencies during upcoming Hurricane Irma in the Southeast region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

Moody 41st Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pavehawk pilots walk the flighline prior to take off, Sept. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody aircraft and rescue assets travelled to Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., for shelter before re-engaging with other Moody assets to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other first responder agencies during upcoming Hurricane Irma in the Southeast region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

Moody 41st Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pavehawk pilots walk the flighline prior to take off, Sept. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody aircraft and rescue assets travelled to Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., for shelter before re-engaging with other Moody assets to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other first responder agencies during upcoming Hurricane Irma in the Southeast region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

Tech. Sgt. Paul Hiller, 41st Rescue Squadron flight engineer, performs a pre-flight inspection on an HH-60G Pavehawk prior to takeoff, Sept. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody aircraft and rescue assets travelled to Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., for shelter before re-engaging with other Moody assets to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other first responder agencies during upcoming Hurricane Irma in the Southeast region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

Tech. Sgt. Paul Hiller, 41st Rescue Squadron flight engineer, performs a pre-flight inspection on an HH-60G Pavehawk prior to takeoff, Sept. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody aircraft and rescue assets travelled to Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., for shelter before re-engaging with other Moody assets to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other first responder agencies during upcoming Hurricane Irma in the Southeast region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

An Airman from the 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit performs maintenance on an HH-60G Pavehawk tail rotor, Sept. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody aircraft and rescue assets travelled to Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., for shelter before re-engaging with other Moody assets to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other first responder agencies during upcoming Hurricane Irma in the Southeast region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

An Airman from the 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit performs maintenance on an HH-60G Pavehawk tail rotor, Sept. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody aircraft and rescue assets travelled to Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., for shelter before re-engaging with other Moody assets to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other first responder agencies during upcoming Hurricane Irma in the Southeast region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

Members of the 41st Rescue Squadron prepare to takeoff in an HH-60G Pavehawk in support of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody aircraft and rescue assets travelled to Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., for shelter before re-engaging with other Moody assets to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other first responder agencies during upcoming Hurricane Irma in the Southeast region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

Members of the 41st Rescue Squadron prepare to takeoff in an HH-60G Pavehawk in support of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody aircraft and rescue assets travelled to Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., for shelter before re-engaging with other Moody assets to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other first responder agencies during upcoming Hurricane Irma in the Southeast region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Team Moody aircraft and rescue assets relocated to Columbus AFB, Mississipi, Sept. 9 before Hurricane Irma arrived.

The aircraft and rescue assets will remain at Columbus before re-engaging with other Moody assets to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other first responder agencies during upcoming Hurricane Irma relief operations in the Southeast region.

“It allows for a more efficient deployment of resources,” said Staff Sgt. Travis Harrelson, 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron emergency manager.

With assets postured farther west, resources can be utilized in the relief effort sooner, Harrelson explained.

“We want to make sure that vital rescue assets are available for post-recovery actions,” said Master Sgt. Terri Adams, 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management section chief.

“We’re ensuring they are in a safe ride-out location so that they can launch as soon as the recovery order is given,” Adams continued.

Similarly to what occurred less than two weeks ago with Hurricane Harvey, rescue assets and Airmen from the 23rd Wing have been tasked to support Hurricane Irma relief operations.

Hurricane Irma remains a strong category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, with the potential to strengthen once again to a category 4 hurricane before making landfall on the Southern tip of the Florida peninsula.