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BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) –
Two U.S. Air Force Modular Aerial Spray Systems fitted C-130 Hercules Aircraft from the 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, used around Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, to conduct mosquito control spray missions beginning October 20 and continuing for at least the next week.
At the request of the Federal Office for Disaster Protection and after approval by the Ministry of Defense US Northern Command activated the 910th AW after the Hurricane Delta to aid civil authorities in Louisiana.
“Our military has the privilege of helping the Interagent team and the people of Louisiana recover from the recent Delta and Laura hurricanes,” said Lt. Gen. Kirk Pierce, commander. First Air Force, Air Force North. “The Air Force Reserve’s 910th Aerial Spray Flight typically conducts spray missions at dusk and at night using night vision technology when pest insects are most active and the men and women of the 910th are longtime professionals on this mission.”
The heavy rains from recent hurricanes have created large areas in southwest Louisiana for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. The airborne products aim to reduce the increasing number of mosquitoes that can spread disease and also hamper the ability to recover, resulting in less time in the field.
The governor’s homeland security and emergency management said the C-130s are expected to spray in the communities of Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jeff Davis, Lafayette and Vermilion.
The 910th Airlift Wing Aerial Spray missions only use materials registered by the Environmental Protection Agency. Aerial Spray is a highly controlled application that uses a specially designed modular Aerial Spray system that dispenses no more than an ounce of product per morning.
The 910th Airlift Wing houses the DoD’s only spray capability and a dedicated flight for air spray maintenance. The last time the 910th AW provided FEMA with airborne spray as part of hurricane support was in 2017, when it treated 1.4 million acres of affected areas after Hurricane Harvey.