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Elmendorf Sends Aid to Indonesia

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - Seven Airmen from Elmendorf's 3rd Medical Group deployed to Padang, Indonesia, Oct. 5 to provide medical care to victims of the recent 7.6-magnitude earthquake.

The Airmen - part of an Air Force Humanitarian Assistance Rapid Response Team - left from Yokota Air Base, Japan, where Airmen from other units joined them as part of a 33-person team which also included a mobile field surgical team.

A C-17 Globemaster III crew from Elmendorf transported the team and 13 pallets of equipment necessary to support the team, which is self-sustaining for up to five days.

"HARRT augments a host nation's medical response during times of disaster," said Lt. Col. David Olson, HARRT medical commander. "Four hospitals in Padang are damaged two of them severely -- so will be providing disaster relief, predominantly ambulatory care."

The surgical team, consisting of specialists in the fields of general surgery, orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology and emergency medicine is out of the 3rd Medical Group at Elmendorf.

The HARRT, led by Col. Dan Settergren, combines the command and control and base operating support capability of the 36th Contingency Response Group at Andersen with the medical expertise of medical personnel to form a small, rapid-response unit deployable within 24 hours to an austere environment to help host nations during disaster relief operations.

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