Martin C. Evans

106th Air Guard at Gitmo to help Haiti

In Uncategorized on January 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Members of the NY Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing, based at Westhampton Beach, have been diverted from a scheduled training mission in Cuba to help with the Haiti relief effort.

The 37 members of the Guard’s Civil Engineer Squad had planned to spend two weeks helping with construction upgrades at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station.

Instead, they have been providing engineering and logistical support from Cuba for Guantanamo’s Haiti relief operations, since arriving at the naval station Jan. 16.

The 7.0 magnitude quake killed an estimated 200,000 Haitians and left millions homeless.

“One of our members is Haitian and still has family there,” Major David Carrick said in an e-mail sent from Guantanamo.

Guantanamo Bay is serving as a hub for U.S. personnel bound into and out of Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response, the Pentagon’s rescue and relief mission for Haiti.

Coast Guard medivac helicopters began ferrying wounded individuals from the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince to Guantanamo at dawn the morning after the earthquake.

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