Aircraft Relocated in Preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2012 – Pentagon officials say the military has moved aircraft out of the way of the possible path of Tropical Storm Isaac.
Pentagon Spokesman George Little said 22 Air Force Reserve F-16’s at Florida’s Homestead Air Reserve Base were flown to Naval Air Station Fort Worth in Texas. Eight C-130’s that had been relocated from Muniz Air National Guard Base in Puerto Rico to Florida’s MacDill Air Force Base are being flown back after it was determined the base was no longer in Isaac’s possible path.
According to the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Isaac is currently gaining strength, with maximum speeds of up to 60 miles per hour as it moves west-northwestward toward the southern coast of Hispaniola.
In addition to sustainment of normal operations and support at least 1,700 Florida National Guardsmen will be primed for disaster response in case the storm would strike Florida, where the Republican National Convention will be underway Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Pentagon spokesman Air Force Lt. Col. Tom Crosson said.