No service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord were in harm's way during Friday's tsunami because none was working in Japan, a spokeswoman from I Corps said Friday.
But airmen from the base potentially could be summoned to help with humanitarian relief efforts in Japan.
C-17 cargo planes and crews are standing by, though they had not been tasked to provide support as of Friday afternoon, a spokeswoman from the 62nd Airlift Wing said.
McChord air crews have responded to previous natural disasters. After the earthquake in Haiti last year, they dropped off aid workers, bottled water and other supplies and brought Haitian evacuees back to the United States. In 2009, they carried nine federal emergency workers and 17,000 pounds of cargo to American Samoa in support of tsunami relief.
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For now, the U.S. military’s relief efforts for Japan have centered on the Navy.
The San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was on its way Friday to the Japanese coast, and the Pentagon ordered a number of U.S. ships to move toward Japan.