Singapore Air Force supports hurricane relief in Texas

Photo By Sgt. Michael Giles | Members of the 372nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conduct external sling load resupply operations with our international partners from the Republic of Singapore Air Force in support of Task Force Harvey, Aug. 30, 2017. This unique capability provided much needed forward distribution of food and water to Logistics Support Area (LSA) Brenham. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jerod Zuniga)



Story by Sgt. Michael Giles

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CAMP MABRY, Texas—Airmen with Singapore’s Peace Prairie Detachment supported hurricane relief efforts by delivering supplies to Brenham, Texas, on Aug. 30, 2017, in support of Joint Task Force Harvey.

Thirty-four members of the Republic of Singapore Air Force in CH-47 Chinook helicopters coordinated with the Texas National Guard’s 372nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion to resupply Joint Task Force Harvey personnel with food and water. 

The contribution toward Harvey relief efforts reflects an ongoing partnership between Singapore and Texas, according to an Aug. 30 Singapore Ministry of Defence statement.

“This was a small gesture to express our appreciation and gratitude to the U.S., and in particular the State of Texas, which have been good hosts for our Peace Prairie Detachment,” said Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore’s prime

Texas has hosted Singapore’s Peace Prairie Detachment at the Grand Prairie Army Aviation Support Facility in Dallas since the detachment’s inauguration in May, 1996. In that time, they received training at the Joint Readiness Training Center and in Exercise Red Flag, and trained alongside Texas Guardsmen in large-scale emergency response exercises. They put this training to use as they coordinated with the Texas Guard in response to Hurricanes Katrina in 2005, fire and flood operations in Texas in 2000, and Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

The Singaporean detachment has been fulfilling a crucial role in helping resupplying food and water to service members on the ground, said Lt. Col. John Crawson, commander of the Texas Army National Guard’s 36th Sustainment Brigade. 

“We have soldiers down in the joint operations area that are relying on our resupply,” Crawson said. “They’re relying on our MREs and bottled water. And when they begin to get very low on supplies, it’s very crucial that I get them there.”

Crawson said that sling load operations are necessary when flooding prevents effective ground travel. The Singaporean detachment is an ideal partner in these situations, because they frequently rehearse these capabilities with Texas Guardsmen during their annual training.

“We are extremely grateful for their support and we will continue to ask them to help us out,” Crawson said.