Army-Air Force effort to fly major equipment between islands for quick aid

  • Pohakuloa Training Area Fire Chief Eric Moller poses with one of the two brush trucks that were transported via a C-17 from Oahu to Ellison Onizuka International Airport at Keahole. The vehicles will bring PTA’s fire department’s number of brush trucks to three. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A closer view of the Ford F-550 brush trucks that will bolsters Pohakuloa Training Area's firefighting capabilities. (Michael O. Donnelly/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • A closer view of one of the Ford F-550 brush trucks that will bolsters Pohakuloa Training Area’s firefighting capabilities. (Michael O. Donnelly/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • One of the two Ford F-550 brush trucks transported sits on the tarmac in front of its ride, a C-17, Thursday morning at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole.

  • Pohakuloa Training Area Fire Chief Eric Moller poses with one of the two brush trucks as the crew that transported the vehicle heads back into the C-17 Globemaster. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Above: A U.S. Air Force crew member assists Pohakuloa Training Area Fire Chief Eric Moller behind the wheel of a U.S. Army brush truck exit the C-17 that was used to transport two of the vehicles Thursday morning to Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole. (Michael O. Donnelly/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • From back left: Pohakuloa Training Area Fire Chief Eric Moller, U.S. Army 5th Battle Coordination Detachment Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Mace, U.S. Army 5th Battle Coordination Detachment Capt. Joseph Grennon, U.S. Army Garrison Pohakuloa Lt. Col. Christopher Marquez and U.S. Army Garrison Pohakuloa Command Sgt. Maj. Luis E. Ortiz-Santiago talk after the delivery of two Ford F-550 brush trucks Thursday morning at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole. (Michael O. Donnelly/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • U.S. Army Garrison Pohakuloa Command Sergeant Major Luis E. Ortiz-Santiago takes a photo as PTA Fire Chief Eric Moller drives a U.S. Army brush truck off a C-17 that was used to transport it from Oahu to Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole. (Michael O. Donnelly/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • Pohakuloa Training Area Fire Chief Eric Moller drives the U.S. Army brush truck off the C-17 Thursday morning to Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole. (Michael O. Donnelly/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • Left: One of the two Ford F-550s is prepared to be unloaded from the belly of a C-17. (Michael O. Donnelly/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • One of the two Ford F-550s is driven up to have a photo taken with the crew responsible for its transport from Oahu to the Big Island Thursday morning at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole. (Photos by Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — From the belly of the C-17 Globemaster at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport on Thursday rolled out two Ford F-550 brush trucks ready to head to Pohakuloa Training Area.