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Airmen deploy for Hurricane Ike relief

Posted September 9, 2008 3:26 p.m. EDT

— More than 30 Airmen from Pope Air Force Base's 43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, 43rd Medical Group and 3rd Aerial Port Squadron were expected to deploy Tuesday evening to Chenault, La., to provide humanitarian and medical support for Hurricane Ike.

The same crew deployed recently to Lakefront Airport in Louisiana to provide relief for Hurricane Gustav and treated more than 300 patients in two days.

The 43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron is one of the first response units for Air Force relief efforts. They have had major involvement in the relief efforts of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and the California wildfires in October 2007.