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PWD GTMO Takes Action to Support First Haitian MEDEVAC

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Story Number: NNS100121-26
Release Date: 1/21/2010 10:51:00 PM

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 engineering analysis support that made it possible for U.S. Naval Hospital GTMO to open a landing pad for an initial medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Haiti Jan. 13.

"Our NAVFAC Southeast engineers validated the existing helo pad to allow for H-53s (Sea Stallions) at the hospital," said Cmdr. Wendy Halsey, PWD GTMO officer-in-charge. "This would allow for patients to be brought directly to the hospital instead of landing on the Leeward side of the island and then ferrying across to another ambulance landing."

"In a matter of six hours, they (PWD GTMO and NAVFAC Southeast engineers) were able to pull drawings, send for reach back support, analyze capacity and provide recommendations to hospital personnel," explained Halsey. "Requests for support keep pouring in, and the team here is charging forward to do what it takes to get things ready for the personnel coming to GTMO."

U.S. Naval Hospital GTMO personnel received five American victims of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti from a U.S. Coast Guard air ambulance Jan. 13.

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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