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Alaska Hurricane Response Grows
Aircraft and airmen sent to assist with transportation, relief and recovery


September 09, 2005

Additional Alaska Air National Guard members are on their way to assist relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. A C-130 Hercules and crew of seven from the 144th Airlift Squadron left Kulis Air National Guard Base today. Yesterday, a chaplain and chaplain assistant from the 176th Wing at Kulis were sent to Alexandria, LA.

"Their mission is to mitigate post-traumatic stress disorder or any other long term psychological damage to rescue workers," said Capt. Gilbert Campbell, chaplain with the Alaska National Guard.

These deployments bring the total number to 22 of Alaska Guard members deployed to Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts.

"I am proud that Alaska has been able to send additional help to the region so impacted by this devastating event," said Governor Frank H. Murkowski. "I am thankful for the members of Alaska's Air Guard who are responding with professionalism and compassion."

The C-130 Hercules left for Fresno, Calif., to pick up California National Guard firefighters and a fire truck. The crew is then scheduled to travel to Columbus, MS. this evening with missions planned to provide airlift of supplies, equipment and personnel. Some of their duties will take them into Alabama and New Orleans Friday.

Summary of all tasking:

  • Sept. 2: Five para-rescuemen from the Air National Guard's 212th Rescue Squadron deployed to New Orleans to provide search and rescue support.
  • Sept. 3: Maj. Mike Haller, chief of public affairs for the Alaska National Guard, was sent to Baton Rouge to assist with public affairs/media relations.
  • Sept. 4: A C-130 Hercules and seven crewmembers from the 144th Airlift Squadron, along with a maintenance technician from the 176th Maintenance Squadron, left for New Orleans. As part of the mission, the crew stopped in Oregon to take Oregon Guard members and equipment to the relief efforts. The C-130 and crew are now helping with airlift support of passengers and cargo.
  • Sept. 7: A chaplain and a chaplain assistant from the 176th Wing deployed to Alexandria, LA., to help victims of the hurricane deal with stress.
  • Sept. 8: C-130 Hercules and a crew of seven departed for Columbus, MS.


Source of News:

Office of the Governor



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