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910th Citizen Airmen spray dispersants over oil spill

(Photo source: U.S. Air Force) (Photo source: U.S. Air Force)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – Nearly two decades of training is paying off for the 910th Airlift Wing, based out of Youngstown, Ohio. Since May 1, aircrews from the 910th have performed 65 aerial spray sorties over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and have applied more than 105,000 gallons of oil dispersant.

These missions mark the first time the Department of Defense's large area fixed wing aerial spray program has used its oil dispersing capability in an actual emergency.

According to 910th Airlift Wing Aerial Spray Operations, weather is one limiting factor in conducting these missions.

To monitor the effectiveness of the oil dispersant, 910th AW airmen work closely with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Coast Guard. NOAA dispatches scientific personnel in Special Monitoring of Applied Response Technology (SMART) teams. These teams are on-site, constantly monitoring the effectiveness of the applied oil dispersants.

Emergency response is nothing new for the 910 AW aerial spray operations. In 2005 and 2008, airmen from the 910th conducted aerial mosquito and filth fly control following hurricanes Katrina/Rita and Gustav/Ike.

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