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PWD GTMO Prepares Airfield to Support Logistics Mission in Haitian

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Story Number: NNS100121-06
Release Date: 1/21/2010 11:57:00 AM

From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast engineers and support staff from Public Works Department (PWD) Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) provided rapid assistance that made it possible to open McCalla Field in GTMO, Cuba, Jan. 19 in support of Joint Logistics Hub GTMO.

Cmdr. Wendy Halsey, PWD GTMO officer-in-charge, and her team met with pilots to determine what actions were needed to reestablish the windward side airfield for helicopter operations.

"The team was able to mobilize the contractor, who worked street sweeping operations overnight. We acquired and moved windsock in five hours and coordinated with base security to enclave the site," said Halsey.

In a matter of only 18 hours, the team also cleared off bushes and trees from the site, emptied nearby warehouses for staging operations, coordinated forklifts for the airfield, acquired flight line vehicles, emptied warehouse for crew workspace, set-up light carts and established a refueling point for lights and forklifts.

U.S. Naval Station GTMO is serving as a hub for logistics and personnel providing humanitarian assistance to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response. PWD GTMO provides facilities engineering and management, utilities engineering and acquisition, technical support for facilities service contracts and transportation and equipment management for the installation.

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