179th Airlift Wing sends fourth C-130H Hercules filled with Airmen from the 200th RED HORSE Squadron and a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit

MANSFIELD – The 179th Airlift Wing sends a fourth C-130H Hercules aircraft along with a team of six Airmen from the 200th RED HORSE Squadron (RHS) and a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) October 6, 2017 to aid in hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

With basic life needs such as water, food and shelter still needed, the 200th RHS has the unique abilities and capabilities to provide just that.

Master Sgt. Isaac Strickler, a Power Production Supervisor with the 200th RHS said

“We are taking the ROWPU to Puerto Rico, we are going down there to set it up to produce fresh drinking water for the local communities for the next several months.”

The ROWPU provides potable water from a variety of raw water sources such as wells, lakes, seas, lagoons, rivers, oceans and ice holes. The proper use of the ROWPU can provide purified drinking water for thousands of people.

Technical Sgt. Brock Mowry, an Electrical Power Production craftsman with the 200th RHS said, “We will be able to purify up to 1,500 gallons per hour.”

The treatment of water is necessary to prevent various waterborne diseases, such as typhoid and dysentery. Treatment processes must control certain chemical and physical characteristics of water, such as hardness or unpleasant taste. Hence, the function of a water treatment is not only to make water safe for human consumption but also to make water more palatable, less scale forming, and more suitable for use in laundries, boiler plants, and various other places.

Staff Sgt. Heather Swinehart, a Water and Fuels Systems Maintenance journeyman with the 200th RHS said, “We will be able to sustain as many people needed, for as long as needed, as long as we have the chemicals available for the system.”

These Ohio Air National Guard Units are leaning forward to provide support capabilities to Puerto Rico and other areas affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria; as well as, aid in the recovery and relief efforts in the area.

Ohio National Guard sends team to Puerto Rico in preparation for support to recovery efforts

COLUMBUS — The Ohio National Guard sent about 30 Soldiers to Puerto Rico to prepare for the deployment of the units’ remaining Soldiers, Oct. 3 from the 121st Air Refueling Wing, located at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus.

The 121st ARW will be transporting the advanced team, Soldiers from two different units, on a KC-135 Stratotanker to conduct logistical and operational assessments prior to the 285th Area Support Medical Company, based in Columbus, and the 137th Signal Company, based in Newark, departing to assist in hurricane relief efforts.

The medical company is capable of providing medical support such as trauma health care, preventive medicine consultation, optometry support, mental health consultation and ground evacuation of patients.

The signal company can provide communication capabilities with mobile satellite, electricity, telephone, internet and video conferencing, and information technology services.

The 121st ARW operates the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft that is capable of delivering worldwide air refueling, disaster response and combat support.

Currently, the Ohio National Guard has more than 30 Airmen from the 200th RED HORSE Squadron, from Port Clinton, and the 269th Combat Communications Squadron, from Springfield, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The RED HORSE (Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer) Squadron is establishing Disaster Relief Bed-down Systems (DRBS), deployable kits that are capable of providing basic housing and life support facilities such as showers and restrooms. The 269th is providing communications support for first responders and other government agencies to include the U.S. departments of Energy, Transportation and Natural Resources.

ONG sends medical equipment to Puerto Rico

COLUMBUS — The Ohio National Guard has sent much-needed medical equipment to Puerto Rico to help with hurricane recovery efforts.

The equipment, including generators, emergency medical equipment, ventilators, and X-ray machines, left Oct. 9 from Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base on board two C-130 Hercules aircraft. The equipment is part of the Ohio National Guard’s support to Puerto Rico that includes more than 40 Soldiers from the 285th Medical Company (Area Support), based out of Columbus.

The 285th deployed Oct. 5, establishing initial communications with other units and organizations already working in Puerto Rico, as well as conducting site surveys and operational assessments necessary for a base camp.

“The last several days, we have been making connections and laying down the foundation needed for the mission to be accomplished,” said Maj. Bryanna Singleton, 285th ASMC commander. “With our medical equipment now arriving, we are fully capable and functional to start our mission toward helping the people of Puerto Rico.”

The unit will provide trauma health care, preventative medicine consultation, optometry support, mental health consultation and evacuation of patients in Puerto Rico.

ONG 323rd Military Police Company to return home

COLUMBUS — The Ohio National Guard will welcome home about 80 Soldiers from the 323rd Military Police Company, located in Toledo, as they return from a nearly yearlong deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

While deployed, the Soldiers of the 323rd MP Company conducted operations in support of U.S. European Command in Turkey. Operation Inherent Resolve is the U.S. military’s operational name for the military intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, including both the campaign in Iraq and the campaign in Syria.

Communications team is latest ONG unit to deploy to Puerto Rico

COLUMBUS — The Ohio National Guard will send about 40 Soldiers to Puerto Rico Oct. 11, from Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus.

The Ohio Army National Guard Soldiers from the 137th Signal Company, based in Newark, Ohio, will provide communications support to hurricane relief efforts.

The signal company can deliver communications capabilities with mobile satellite, electricity, telephone, internet and video conferencing, and information technology services.

There are currently more than 200 Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen supporting hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Ohio National Guard has more than 16,000 personnel and is the nation’s fourth-largest National Guard. The Ohio National Guard responds with ready units and personnel when called for federal, state and community missions, and is an operational reserve of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force.

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