September 12, 2001
The U.S. Air Force is working around the clock to coordinate relief to victims
of this morning's terrorist attacks.
Secretary of the Air Force James Roche contacted the Federal Emergency Management
Agency immediately following the first reports of these attacks and offered
maximum Air Force assets including personnel and equipment.
The Air Force is mobilizing medical critical care units, aeromedical evacuation
teams, and critical incident stress management experts and other airlift assets
in support of the president's activation of the National Disaster Medical System.
Expeditionary medical support teams are mobilized in response to the disasters.
Teams from Langley, Wright Patterson, Keesler, Lackland, and Travis Air Force
Bases are being positioned at various staging facilities. These teams are portable
hospitals comprised of surgical teams, critical care capabilities and public
health teams, among other specialties.
Additionally, the Air Force is assisting with the distribution of blood supplies
to the locations where they are most needed. Locations of the staging centers
are not releasable at this time due to security concerns.