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US Air Force Flew Half a Million Coronavirus Test Kits From Italy to Tennessee
Similar missions to distribute COVID-19 test kits are expected in coming days.
The U.S. Air Force quietly flew 500,000 COVID-19 testing kits from Italy to Memphis, Tennessee, on Monday, the service’s chief of staff, Gen. Dave Goldfein, confirmed during a Wednesday briefing at the Pentagon.
The mission was flown by a C-17 cargo plane using the call “Reach 911,” which landed early Tuesday morning at Memphis International Airport, a major FedEx hub. Shipping the kits to Memphis allows them to be quickly transferred to commercial aircraft and distributed around the country, according to people familiar with the mission.
A photo posted to Instagram on Tuesday shows a C-17 filled with pallets loaded with the test kits, captioned by a user who said he was part of the air crew. The user who posted the picture has since deleted it, but Defense One has verified its authenticity.
Goldfein acknowledged the Air Force is “moving test kits all in support of Homeland Security [and] Health and Human Services to make sure that we’re meeting the demands that they have.”
Similar missions are expected in the coming days as the military ramps up its support for pandemic-response efforts.
The Air Force declined to comment and the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the White House did not respond to requests for comment.
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