Puerto Rico hurricane recovery: Ohio National Guard sends medical equipment

Published: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 5:44 PM

Members from the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, and the 178th Wing, Springfield, have responded to relief efforts in Puerto Rico late last week. The 179th sent one C-130H Hercules loaded with a Disaster Relief Mobile Kitchen Trailer and 15 Airmen. Airmen from both units will use the trailer to prepare boil-in-the-bag meals for 1,000 first responders. (Courtesy/U.S. Air National Guard MSgt Lisa Francis)
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Members from the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, and the 178th Wing, Springfield, have responded to relief efforts in Puerto Rico late last week. The 179th sent one C-130H Hercules loaded with a Disaster Relief Mobile Kitchen Trailer and 15 Airmen. Airmen from both units will use the trailer to prepare boil-in-the-bag meals for 1,000 first responders. (Courtesy/U.S. Air National Guard MSgt Lisa Francis)(MSgt Lisa Francis/MSgt Lisa Francis)

The Ohio National Guard has sent much-needed medical equipment to Puerto Rico to help with hurricane recovery efforts. 

The equipment -- generators, emergency medical equipment, ventilators, X-ray machines and more -- left Monday, Oct. 9, from Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base on board two C-130 Hercules aircraft.

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The equipment is part of the Ohio National Guard’s support to Puerto Rico that includes more than 40 soldiers from the 285th Medical Company (Area Support), based out of Columbus. 

The 285th deployed Oct. 5, establishing initial communications with other units and organizations already working in Puerto Rico, as well as conducting site surveys and operational assessments necessary for a base camp. 

“The last several days, we have been making connections and laying down the foundation 

needed for the mission to be accomplished,” Maj. Bryanna Singleton, 285th ASMC commander, said in a prepared statement released Tuesday.

“With our medical equipment now arriving, we are fully capable and functional to start our mission toward helping the people of Puerto Rico,” she said.

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The unit will provide trauma health care, preventative medicine consultation, optometry support, mental health consultation and evacuation of patients in Puerto Rico.

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