WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Servicemen in the 5th Combat Communications Group at Robins Air Force Base are preparing to head to Florida with several thousand pounds of supplies for hurricane victims.
Hurricane Michael may have come and gone but the damage it left behind has devastated thousands in communities along the panhandle.
“I look at my old house I look at my friends’ houses and I’m amazed that everything that once was isn’t there anymore,” said Servicemen Joshua Benfield.
People that Benfield says he knew well while stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City just a few months ago.
“I lived right outside of Tyndall for the last four years so this is kind of heartbreaking,” he told 41NBC.
Now he and other members of the 5th Combat Communications Group at Robins Air Force Base are gearing up to help out.
“We’re sending generators, we’re sending fuel, we’re sending water, we’re sending everything to be a self contained unit once we show up to provide communications support but also CE support there at Tyndall Air Force Base so they can get the air field opened back up and they can start doing those relief efforts,” said 52nd Combat Communications Commander Major Derek Huber.
They spent the morning and early afternoon loading five semi-trucks with supplies to help people living on Tyndall Air Force Base and members of the surrounding community.
“They know what happened. They see their fellow countrymen in need. They see this as kind of like one of the worst days of their lives and they want to go and help as quickly as they can,” Huber said.
It was an effort Benfield says he had to be a part of.
“Usually when we do these kind of relief efforts, you don’t know the people. (With) this, it kind of feels like family, like ‘hey I’ve got to get there, I’ve got to help them get their stuff back,'” he explained.
There’s a long road ahead for 5th Mob airmen providing aid in those effected communities. but as of now, they’re on their way.
The combat group sent five semi trucks, one fuel truck and two passenger vehicles down to Panama City.