In Syria and Iraq, a well-equipped and well-funded ISIS army has spread across the two countries, taking over towns and terrorizing and dislocating thousands of people. In Liberia, the Ebola virus has spread across the West African country, crippling its economy, overwhelming government resources, and creating food shortages and transportation disruptions. The two crises are widely different but have one common need: the help and extended reach of the massive cargo and tanker planes flying out of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.

C-17 Globemaster’s are carrying much-needed food and medical supplies to Liberia while KC-10 Extenders are aerially refueling U.S. aircraft striking at the heart of ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The effort is being conducted by the 514th and 305th Air Mobility Wings and 621st Contingency Response Wing that use the base’s 32 KC-10s and 15 C-17s.

C-17 departing

C-17 departing