“Obviously, this takes precedent over politics.”
LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska State Sen. Bob Krist, a retired Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force, is scheduled to fly emergency hurricane relief and recovery efforts to Puerto Rico in the next few days.
Krist’s company, Omaha-based Dyna-Tech Aviation Services Inc., has provided air service for the Corps of Engineers since 2001 and is on-call to pilot U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel on flights from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the devastated island.
"We are on call, and will be ready to shuttle Corps personnel to the island with only a three-hour response time. We are ready to go as soon as we get the order,” Krist said.
Krist has rescheduled a planned campaign fly-around tour of Nebraska to respond to the request from the Corps.
"Obviously, this takes precedent over politics," Krist said.
According to a U.S. Department of Defense news release, approximately 44 percent of Puerto Rico's population is without drinking water.
Only eleven of 69 hospitals have fuel or power. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is moving to provide electricity for hospitals with generators.
Krist’s company has participated in other disaster relief flights including 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He will be piloting a 19-passenger Metro 23 aircraft (photo attached); the flight from Fort Lauderdale will be about two hours and 40 minutes.
Although details are still being planned, here is the first leg of the Fall Listening Tour: Wednesday, October 18: Scottsbluff, North Platte, Lexington. Thursday, October 19: Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney.
Krist, who flew more than 100 combat sorties during his 21-year career in the U.S. Air Force, will also pilot the airplane for his Nebraska tour.
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September 28, 2017
Contact: Dan Parsons, (402) 580-2321