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CRG Airmen Keep HARRT Beating

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  • By Staff Sgt. Veronica Pierce
After the devastating earthquakes that struck Padang recently, a U.S. Air Force Humanitarian Assistance Rapid Response Team arrived to provide medical assistance to local hospitals flooded with patients.

The 36th Contingency Response Group from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, provides operations support for the medical team deployed within the HARRT. The CRG has Airmen from the 736th Security Forces Squadron, 36th Mobility Response Squadron, 644th Combat Communications Squadron and 554th RED HORSE Squadron.

"This mission, the HARRT package takes the communication control, base operations and rapid deployment capabilities that are an inherent part of the air base opening mission and allows us the ability to rapidly establish a medical capability anywhere in the theater," said Col. Dan Settergren, 36th CRG commander.

Although all HARRT members took part in setting up the mobile field hospital, as well as living facilities, Airmen from the 554th RED HORSE continue to provide the expertise needed to maintain the structures in an austere environment.

"Everything we have done here is what we train for," said Tech. Sgt. Eric Menard, 554th RED HORSE structural craftsman. "To be able to support the HARRT mission in any way possible makes it all worth it."

To maintain a stable working environment and an understanding with the local hospitals, the HARRT set up in an open field located close to the D. Jamil Hospital here. HARRT members were able to erect a base of operations -- complete with a mobile field hospital capable of providing care to patients with acute to major medical conditions-- living quarters, shower units and latrine facilities.

Sustaining the environment in which to live and work plays a key role in successfully completing the mission, according to Col. Settergren.

"It's really about looking at the big picture, looking at what we really need to do, taking the advice of your NCO's and the experts in the field and getting the mission done," he said.

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