Cargo planes from Joint Base Charleston squadrons played a major role in the evacuation of hundreds of military spouses and children from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba ahead of Hurricane Matthew.
According to the Charleston Post and Courier, about 717 people were flown from the naval station at Guantanamo over roughly 36 hours on four C-17 aircraft.
The individuals were taken to Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida and will not be permitted to go back to Guantanamo Bay until it is declared safe.
Four C-17 flights took part in the mission on Saturday and Sunday, helped by two C-130 aircraft from another base.
Guantanamo has about 5,500 people living on base and is best known for its detention center that houses non-American terror suspects detained overseas. The Navy says remaining personnel will stay behind and shelter in place to wait out the storm.