Hickam Airman To Evacuate Hundreds From Wake Island

(KHNL) Two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft will depart from Hickam early Monday to evacuate approximately 200 military, DoD civilians and contractors from Wake Island.

Hickam Air Force Base C-17 Crewmembers are preparing to rescue those working on Wake Island.

Hurricane Ioke is expected to reach Wake Island within 72 hours; the evacuation mission will need to be completed prior to the expected storm surge.

Wake Island supports U.S. Pacific Command major regional taskings. The base provides facilities, vehicles, aerospace ground equipment and aviation fuel to sustain aircraft for combat operations.

It also provides for the bed down of forces and emergency divert airfield operations.

Some tour groups offer treks of WWII historical sites and aircraft.

According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Hurricane Ioke has been reclassified as Super Typhoon Ioke.