Monica Devlin Comments
Wake Island is one of the most isolated islands in the world and Kestrel Weather & Environmental Meters were used by the military to re-establish the opening of the island after Typhoon Halola.
Recently, the island was vacated of all residents and military due to Typhoon Halola. After the typhoon moved past the island, aircrew from the 1st Special Operations Squadron and Special Tactics operators from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron conducted mission planning for the opening of Wake Island.
The special tactics team was the first to arrive to the island by military freefall jump, and the 320th Special Tactics Squadron cleared the first aircraft from Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, to land on Wake Island after it was hit by a typhoon. Once access to the island was gained, Airmen worked with the local residents to further assess the area for damage and reopen the airfield so normal activity could resume as quickly as possible.
Wake Island airfield, located in the Pacific Ocean between Japan and Hawaii, serves as a divert airfield for overseas flights.