SHILOH, Ill. — Scott Air Force Base in Illinois is playing a key role in the country’s baby food easing.
US Transcom, a division of the US Department of Defense, is leading the search for a solution to the crisis.
US Transcom, headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, coordinates military support flights to Ukraine. The agency regularly schedules flights transporting combat-ready troops anywhere in the world. Now US Transcom has coordinated a mission to solve the infant formula shortage.
The first overseas shipment of baby formula arrived in Indianapolis on Sunday, totaling 78,000 pounds. Coordinating such a trip would normally take weeks, flying across several countries and the Atlantic. US Transcom did it in a few days.
“So I figured it out in person Thursday night, and we set up our workgroup on Friday, worked through the weekend, and delivered on Sunday,” said US Navy Commander Michael Sargent.
Sargent is a planner in US Transcom’s sustainability department. He oversaw all the details of planning to bring infant formula from Germany to the United States.
“We do the planning to ensure those little details like customs clearance [and] Loading the plane, done right. Our mission partners would count on it [that] to actually load the plane, inspect it, hand in all the paperwork, meet the drivers at the base so they can access Germany, and the list goes on and on,” Sargent said.
US Transcom also coordinated the second flight of a FedEx plane from Germany, flown by US First Lady Dr. Jill Biden as it landed at Dulles International Airport in Washington DC on Wednesday. It carried more than 100,000 pounds of baby food. This special mission was part of Operation Fly Formula and embodied US Transcom’s motto, “Together We Deliver.”
“We’re primarily focused on Ukraine and moving a warfighter around the world,” Sargent said. “We do it daily, so it was unique and really rewarding to have this opportunity. To play a role in resolving the crisis we have.”
Commander Sargent said US Transcom is unlikely to be involved in future overseas baby food shipments as these are coordinated with commercial airlines by the Department of Health and Human Services.
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