Air Force Gets 400 Medical Workers to Florida for Hurricane Irma Relief Effort

The U.S. Air Force has sent more than 400 medical personnel to Orlando, Fla., for Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

“When the world presents a challenge, our airmen adjust to meet need and do what it takes to accomplish the mission,” Gen. Carlton Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander, said in a statement. “Our airmen are mission ready and prepared to help others impacted by Hurricane Irma while meeting worldwide needs.”

Three C-17s from Joint Base Charleston, S.C., and Dover Air Force Base, Del., delivered more than 300 doctors and nurses.

A C-130J assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., carried more than 100 total personnel from both the Public Health Service’s rapid deployment force and the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ disaster medical assistance teams. The teams include members from Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio.

The Air Force responded to a request from HHS, which is coordinating medical support to states and territories affected by one of the largest hurricanes in recent history.

To read the full September 11, 2017 article from Stars and Stripes, click here.