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AF medics deploy to Puerto Rico to aid hurricane relief efforts

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  • By Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese
  • 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Editor’s Note: This is part of series highlighting Joint Base Langley-Eustis members’ contribution to humanitarian relief efforts.


Approximately 87 members assigned to the 633rd Medical Group departed Oct. 16-17 to set up and operate a 25-bed Expeditionary Medical Support field hospital in support of hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

“This is a Defense Support to Civil Authorities mission,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Patricia Tate, 633rd MDG senior nurse. “We will be in support of the broad Federal Emergency Management Agency effort to support the Puerto Rican people during this crisis.”

The 633rd MDG team stands as the lead medical element and will command additional forces en route to Puerto Rico from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and Nellis AFB, Nevada, as well as oversee equipment from Charleston AFB, South Carolina.