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Battle Creek Air Guard members called up for Hurricane Florence relief operations

Lt Col. James Rosbolt, right, is a member of the 110th Medical Group at the Battle Creek (Michigan) Air National Guard Base. (WWMT/Battle Creek Air National Guard)

Three airmen from Battle Creek Air National Guard Base have been activated to support relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

More airmen could be activated in the coming days.

So far, three members of the base’s 217th Air Component Operations Squadron have been called up for an indefinite period. They will assist planning and command and control operations with the Air National Guard Readiness Center’s Crisis Action Team, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

Base leaders received the orders Thursday from the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C.

“It is always a compliment when airmen from Battle Creek are requested by-name to support operations in the National Capitol Region,” base commander Col. Bryan Teff said in a written announcement on the deployment orders. “The fact that our members continue to make a difference on a national and global stage is a testament to their skill and professionalism.”

Lt. Col. Kent Harbaugh, commander of the 217 ACOS, said the airman are trained to respond to such emergencies: “To be called like this is why we joined the Guard.”

The 217 ACOS is part of the base’s state-of-the-art Air Operations Group, which specializes in mission planning, to include the creation and synthesis of complex air tasking orders used by commanders to delegate strategic objectives to aircrews.

Meanwhile, base members are still involved in relief activities stemming from last September’s devastating Hurricane Maria. On Tuesday, 15 members of the base’s 110th Medical Group returned from Cataño, Puerto Rico, where they had been operating since Aug. 28, providing no-cost medical, dental, and optometry care to citizens still recovering from the storm. The mission was part of the Department of Defense’s ongoing Innovative Readiness Training Ola de Esperanza Sandora, which means “healing wave of hope.”






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