22News traveled with Westover reservists to Florida

50 local reservists helping with recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (WWLP) – Reservists from Westover Air Reserve Base are helping with relief efforts on the ground in Florida, and 22News reporter Hayley Crombleholme traveled with them to get a look.

About 50 reserve citizen airmen from Westover were deployed to Homestead Air Reserve Base, south of Miami. These reservists come from multiple fields, including civil engineering and logistics readiness.

22News crew arrive at Homestead Air Reserve Base.

The base was damaged from the storm, and just regained power on Tuesday. The men and women from Westover are helping to get the base ready to become a staging area for FEMA.

It was a quick turnaround for the flight crew Thursday, spending only about an hour on the ground in Florida, dropping off trucks, materials, and more Westover reservists.

“We try and do the missions as quickly as possible, get there get the people there so they can do what they need to do. This is really important, this is what the Air Force is all about, helping out our fellow Americans,” MSgt Kevin Bowen said.

The Westover reservists will be deployed at the Homestead base for at least thirty days, bringing with them expertise in areas including carpentry and electrical work.

Westover airmen to help in Irma recovery efforts

Monica Ricci, Senior Airman and producer for WWLP.com, said, “We’re all coming together to do what we’ve been trained to do at a moment’s notice. So just a little bit of everything. Getting all the cargo in and the people in so we can support the local area.”

“Power was out, but that has slowly been coming back. So we’ve just been all working together to get things a little back to normal and also help the people here in Florida,” Ricci added.

Westover will be sending more vehicles and materials to Homestead this week.