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Airmen help hundreds in Timor Leste

Senior Airman Ashley Cope conducts an ear exam on an East Timorese woman during inprocessing procedures at a clinic July 16 in Dili, Timor Leste. Airman Cope is assigned as a labor and delivery technician to the 3rd Medical Group at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. East Timorese and U.S. officials set up the clinic as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2009, a Pacific Air Forces humanitarian assistance operation led by 13th Air Force at Hickam AFB, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

Senior Airman Ashley Cope conducts an ear exam on an East Timorese woman during inprocessing procedures at a clinic July 16 in Dili, Timor Leste. Airman Cope is assigned as a labor and delivery technician to the 3rd Medical Group at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. East Timorese and U.S. officials set up the clinic as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2009, a Pacific Air Forces humanitarian assistance operation led by 13th Air Force at Hickam AFB, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

A young East Timorese woman's ear is checked by Senior Airman Ashley Cope during inprocessing at a clinic July 16 in Dili, Timor Leste. Airman Cope is assigned as a labor and delivery technician to the 3rd Medical Group at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. East Timorese and U.S. officials set up the clinic as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2009, a Pacific Air Forces humanitarian assistance operation led by 13th Air Force at Hickam AFB, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

A young East Timorese woman's ear is checked by Senior Airman Ashley Cope during inprocessing at a clinic July 16 in Dili, Timor Leste. Airman Cope is assigned as a labor and delivery technician to the 3rd Medical Group at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. East Timorese and U.S. officials set up the clinic as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2009, a Pacific Air Forces humanitarian assistance operation led by 13th Air Force at Hickam AFB, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

Local residents wait outside a makeshift optometry office for free exams at a clinic set up July 16 in Dili, Timor Leste. East Timorese and U.S. officials set up the clinic as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2009, a Pacific Air Forces humanitarian assistance operation led by 13th Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

Local residents wait outside a makeshift optometry office for free exams at a clinic set up July 16 in Dili, Timor Leste. East Timorese and U.S. officials set up the clinic as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2009, a Pacific Air Forces humanitarian assistance operation led by 13th Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

An East Timorese man has his eyes examined during inprocessing at a clinic July 16 in Dili, Timor Leste. East Timorese and U.S. officials set up the clinic as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2009, a Pacific Air Forces humanitarian assistance operation led by 13th Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

An East Timorese man has his eyes examined during inprocessing at a clinic July 16 in Dili, Timor Leste. East Timorese and U.S. officials set up the clinic as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2009, a Pacific Air Forces humanitarian assistance operation led by 13th Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Crimmins guides an East Timorese woman through an eye chart during a free examination at a clinic July 16 in Dili, Timor Leste. Sergeant Crimmins is an optometry technician assigned to the 51st Medical Group at Osan Air Base, South Korea. East Timorese and U.S. officials set up the clinic as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2009, a Pacific Air Forces humanitarian assistance operation led by 13th Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Crimmins guides an East Timorese woman through an eye chart during a free examination at a clinic July 16 in Dili, Timor Leste. Sergeant Crimmins is an optometry technician assigned to the 51st Medical Group at Osan Air Base, South Korea. East Timorese and U.S. officials set up the clinic as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2009, a Pacific Air Forces humanitarian assistance operation led by 13th Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

An East Timorese man has his eye examined during inprocessing at a clinic July 16 in Dili, Timor Leste. East Timorese and U.S. officials set up the clinic as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2009, a Pacific Air Forces humanitarian assistance operation led by 13th Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

An East Timorese man has his eye examined during inprocessing at a clinic July 16 in Dili, Timor Leste. East Timorese and U.S. officials set up the clinic as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2009, a Pacific Air Forces humanitarian assistance operation led by 13th Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

Two East Timorese girls wait to be seen by a U.S. Air Force family care physician while at a clinic July 16 in Dili, Timor Leste. More than 300 people were seen on the first of four days at the clinic. East Timorese and U.S. officials set up the clinic as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2009, a Pacific Air Forces humanitarian assistance operation led by 13th Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

Two East Timorese girls wait to be seen by a U.S. Air Force family care physician while at a clinic July 16 in Dili, Timor Leste. More than 300 people were seen on the first of four days at the clinic. East Timorese and U.S. officials set up the clinic as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2009, a Pacific Air Forces humanitarian assistance operation led by 13th Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

An East Timorese man waits outside a makeshift optometry office for a free exam at a clinic set up July 16 in Dili, Timor Leste. More than 300 people were seen on the first of four days at the clinic. East Timorese and U.S. officials set up the clinic as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2009, a Pacific Air Forces humanitarian assistance operation led by 13th Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

An East Timorese man waits outside a makeshift optometry office for a free exam at a clinic set up July 16 in Dili, Timor Leste. More than 300 people were seen on the first of four days at the clinic. East Timorese and U.S. officials set up the clinic as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2009, a Pacific Air Forces humanitarian assistance operation led by 13th Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young)

DILI, Timore Leste (AFNS) -- Thirty-seven Airmen from various medical and engineering units across the Air Force treated more than 300 East Timorese people as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2009 at a local school here July 16.

Pacific Angel is a Pacific Air Forces humanitarian assistance operation aimed at improving military civic cooperation between the United States and other Asia-Pacific area nations, and led by 13th Air Force officials at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. 

Two Pacific Angel events are currently on-going through July 24 -- one here and another in Indonesia. A second Pacific Angel 2009 iteration will take place in Vietnam Sept. 12 through 25.

The East Timorese patients had their vitals checked before receiving free optometry and primary medical care from a combined team of U.S. and East Timorese officials. Capt. Joni Scott-Weideman, a native of Tallahassee, Fla., is an optometrist deployed here as part of Pacific Angel.

"We saw 146 Timorese in all, while primary care saw 168 people," said Captain Scott-Weideman, who is assigned to the 622nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Robins AFB, Ga.

There were many ailments to be treated by the physicians and medical technicians. Even though every problem might not have been cured on site, the East Timorese people were appreciative of the treatment, said Senior Airman Ashley Cope a labor and delivery technician assigned to the 3rd Medical Group at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.

"It was sad and heartbreaking to see kids that needed help, but they and their parents we so grateful for the help they did get," Airman Cope said.

This is the second time Airman Cope has participated in a humanitarian event like Pacific Angel, she said.

"I get a good feeling from the help that we can provide when we do operations like this," she said.

Timorese and U.S. medical professionals are working together to provide health assessments and eye examinations, as well as techniques to prevent health problems before they happen, to local residents. Engineering civic assistance activities are also planned.

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