Pope deploys in support of Gustav relief

August 30, 2008 10:38:37 AM PDT
About 32 Pope Airmen deployed on short notice Saturday afternoon to several airports along the Gulf Coast to provide any necessary medical and humanitarian support for Hurricane Gustav, which is expected to make U.S. landfall early next week. The Airmen, from Pope's 43rd Medical Group, 43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and 3rd Aerial Port Squadron, will be stationed out of Acadiana, La. (Acadiana Regional Airport), Lakefront, La. (New Orleans Lakefront Airport) and Beaumont, Texas (Southeast Texas Regional Airport).

Pope Airmen have deployed several times in the last few years in support of relief operations, including several squadrons providing extensive medical and supply relief during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and two aircrews taking part in supply relief that brought more than 10 tons of food and other supplies to Cyprus for American citizens that left Lebanon during the conflict there in 2006.