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  • Correction: AFNORTH provides search and rescue for Gustav

    In a press release yesterday AFNORTH identified the command of Colonel Steve Kirkpatrick as the 920th Search and Rescue Air Expeditionary Group. Colonel Steve Kirkpatrick, commander of the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick AFB, Fla., has taken responsibility for Gustav SAR operations as the commander of the 331st Air Expeditionary Group, headquartered
  • AFNORTH provides search and rescue for Gustav

    Joint search and rescue forces are responding in three states as Hurricane Gustav bears down on the U.S. Gulf Coast. After five days of mobilization of forces and equipment, a new search and rescue group has been established to assist in human relief efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Gustav. Col. Steve Kirkpatrick, commander of the 920th
  • JPRC Continues to Prepare for Gustav

    The 601st Air and Space Operations Center's Joint Personnel Recovery Center continues to make preparations with states in the potential path of Hurricane Gustav. As Gustav makes its way through the Gulf of Mexico, the JPRC has requested each state's search and rescue plan. "By knowing what assets they have available, we can tailor our Department of
  • EPLOs move into place to support Gustav

    As Hurricane Gustav nears landfall, Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers from all over the nation have been brought in to help. EPLOs from as far away as Alaska have moved into place in Louisiana, Texas and Alabama to coordinate military assets to support civil authorities. Lt. Col. Kelly Carmen, an Alaska-assigned EPLO, is in place in New
  • AFNORTH assisting with Gustav MedEvac

    Air Forces Northern here is coordinating with numerous civilian and government agencies in Texas and Louisiana to assist with the evacuation of critical-care patients in anticipation of Hurricane Gustav's landfall. AFNORTH is providing U.S. Northern Command with visibility on all Air Force assets available for medical evacuation such as Mobile
  • AFNORTH activates JPRC for Gustav

    The 601st Air and Space Operations Center has activated the Joint Personnel Recovery Center in preparation for landfall of Hurricane Gustav. Located at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., the JPRC focuses specifically on large-scale search and rescue operations in the event of a hurricane or natural disaster. When a disaster occurs, the JPRC activates
  • EPLOs ready for emergency response role

    Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers nationwide stand ready to respond to national emergencies and events when requested. U.S. Air Force Reserve EPLOs are stationed in every state to coordinate military assets to support civil authorities in the event of a natural or man-made disaster or a national special security event. Working with officers
  • AFNORTH ready to support Gustav relief efforts

    With Hurricane Gustav rapidly approaching, Air Forces Northern is ready to provide military resources to civil authorities if requested. "We're ready and leaning forward to anticipate mission assignments," said Maj. Gen. Hank Morrow, 1st Air Force (AFNORTH) commander. "We bring a wealth of military capabilities to save lives, reduce suffering and
  • WADS, FAA, Navy pilots aid airmen "in the blind"

    Roland Manarin pulled his Epic LT turboprop from the runway at Fairbanks International, climbing smoothly into what he hoped would be a memorable southerly sortie around Mount McKinley, and then on to Ketchikan, Alaska. His co-pilot Harlon Hain, an Epic Aircraft instructor pilot, planned to take full advantage of the balmy August skies by helping
  • CONR, partners work to reduce air violations over Democratic, Republican conventions

    The Continental U.S. NORAD Region is partnering with the U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Aviation Administration to help reduce airspace violations near Denver and Minneapolis/St. Paul during the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Public and private airports, known as fixed-base operators, within 100 miles of the convention