Reserve Citizen Airmen help transportation efforts amid coronavirus pandemic

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Staff Sgt. Aaron Antu, 433rd Logistics Readiness Squadron ground transportation operator, sanitizes a transportation vehicle being used to transport basic military training trainees who are being monitored for COVID-19 to and from medical facilities, May 21, 2020 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Antu is one of six Reserve Citizen Airmen activated to help with transportation missions on and off base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Iram Carmona) (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Iram Carmona)

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — 

Reserve Citizen Airmen with the 433rd Airlift Wing’s Logistics Readiness Squadron were called to duty to assist with transportation efforts impacted by the current coronavirus pandemic in and around Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Master Sgt. Juan J. Guerra, 433rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, ground transportation section chief/quality assurance, has been filling in with scheduling, assigning personnel, and driving duties. These duties keep the base running, after Airmen and civilian employees, who are considered to be at high risk of contracting COVID-19, were asked to stay home.

Social distancing guidance requires additional vehicles to accommodate base transportation needs. Alamo Wing Reserve Citizen Airmen were activated to help operate these vehicles.

“I love the Air Force. So when the opportunity came to help out in the efforts here at home, I jumped right on it,” Guerra said.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Antu, 433rd LRS, ground transportation operator, has been helping with transportation as well by shuttling personnel on and off base. The training squadrons on JBSA-Lackland are one of the factors that require utilizing more shuttles to transport fewer people in each bus, due to practicing proper social distancing.

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“It’s satisfying to know that when duty calls, I’m able to come out here and help out,” Antu said.

Other Airmen assisting the mission are Tech. Sgt. Yoland Reyes-Molina, 433rd LRS; Tech. Sgt. Roland Hairston and Staff Sgt. Michelle Grazier, 26th Aerial Port Squadron; and Master Sgt. William Bonner, 74th Aerial Port Squadron.

As of May 22, their combined efforts have accumulated 6,182 miles of driving, of which an estimated 800 miles was off base. So far, they have transported 1,351 passengers on and off base in 456 trips.

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