Communication equipment loaded onto C-5 at Dobbins, headed for Puerto Rico

An AT&T communications vehicle is directed onto a C-5M Super Galaxy at Dobbins Air Force Reserve Base, Ga., Oct. 3, 2017. The vehicles were flown to Puerto Rico to assist in the restoration of communications for the island. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

An AT&T communications vehicle is directed onto a C-5M Super Galaxy at Dobbins Air Force Reserve Base, Ga., Oct. 3, 2017. The vehicles were flown to Puerto Rico to assist in the restoration of communications for the island. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

An AT&T communications vehicle is directed onto a C-5M Super Galaxy at Dobbins Air Force Reserve Base, Ga., Oct. 3, 2017. The vehicles were flown to Puerto Rico to assist in the restoration of communications for the island. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

An AT&T communications vehicle is directed onto a C-5M Super Galaxy at Dobbins Air Force Reserve Base, Ga., Oct. 3, 2017. The vehicles were flown to Puerto Rico to assist in the restoration of communications for the island. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Senior Airman Adrian Diaz, a loadmaster from Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., guides a forklift as it loads shoring onto a C-5M Super Galaxy at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Oct. 2, 2017. Shoring is used to fortify the aircraft’s ramp when offloading heavy vehicles such as those loaded here to help provide communication support to Puerto Rico. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Park)

Senior Airman Adrian Diaz, a loadmaster from Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., guides a forklift as it loads shoring onto a C-5M Super Galaxy at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Oct. 2, 2017. Shoring is used to fortify the aircraft’s ramp when offloading heavy vehicles such as those loaded here to help provide communication support to Puerto Rico. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Park)

Aircrew members walk through the cargo bay of a C-5M Super Galaxy from Dover Air Force Base, Del. as aerial porters finish loading it at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Oct. 2, 2017. Airmen loaded three AT&T trucks: one emergency communication vehicle and two satellite cell on light trucks. These trucks will be used to provide Wi-Fi, LAN lines, and Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) lines to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s destruction. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Park)

Aircrew members walk through the cargo bay of a C-5M Super Galaxy from Dover Air Force Base, Del. as aerial porters finish loading it at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Oct. 2, 2017. Airmen loaded three AT&T trucks: one emergency communication vehicle and two satellite cell on light trucks. These trucks will be used to provide Wi-Fi, LAN lines, and Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) lines to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s destruction. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Park)

An aircrew member from Dover Air Force Base, Del. watches as a cargo bay door closes on a C-5M Super Galaxy at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Oct. 2, 2017. The plane then departed to bring vital communication equipment to Puerto Rico, which was caught in the destructive path of Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Park)

An aircrew member from Dover Air Force Base, Del. watches as a cargo bay door closes on a C-5M Super Galaxy at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Oct. 2, 2017. The plane then departed to bring vital communication equipment to Puerto Rico, which was caught in the destructive path of Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Park)

Pilots on the flight deck of a C-5M Super Galaxy from Dover Air Force Base, Del. conduct pre-flight checks before taking off from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Oct. 2, 2017. The plane took vital communication equipment as well as AT&T Network Disaster Recovery Team members to provide communication support to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s destruction. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Park)

Pilots on the flight deck of a C-5M Super Galaxy from Dover Air Force Base, Del. conduct pre-flight checks before taking off from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Oct. 2, 2017. The plane took vital communication equipment as well as AT&T Network Disaster Recovery Team members to provide communication support to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s destruction. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Park)

A C-5M Super Galaxy from Dover Air Force Base, Del. takes off at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Oct. 2, 2017. The plane took vital communication equipment as well as AT&T Network Disaster Recovery Team members to provide communication support to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s destruction. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Park)

A C-5M Super Galaxy from Dover Air Force Base, Del. takes off at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Oct. 2, 2017. The plane took vital communication equipment as well as AT&T Network Disaster Recovery Team members to provide communication support to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s destruction. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Park)

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. – A C-5M Super Galaxy from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware landed here to provide airlift for AT&T communication equipment and technicians Oct. 2 and Oct. 4.

The airlift mission provided critical infrastructure restoration in support of life-saving activities underway in Puerto Rico.

Many of the island’s three million residents have been without communication since the island took the full brunt of Hurricane Maria on September 20, 2017.

To restore communication capabilities on the island, AT&T provided mobile communications assets in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

This equipment included three vehicles: two satellite cell on light trucks (COLT) and one emergency communication vehicle (EMV). Members of AT&T Network Disaster Recovery Team use these vehicles to restore Wi-Fi, LAN lines and Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) capabilities, explained Lou Fiorenza, an AT&T Network Disaster Recovery Team member.

The C-5M Super Galaxy transporting this communication cargo is capable of carrying 135 tons and is the largest aircraft in the Air Force inventory.