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Dobbins ARB serves as important hub for hurricane relief efforts

Department of Health and Human Services logistician throws a cargo net over a pallet on the flightline at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 21, 2017. This cargo included items needed to build a hospital from scratch – everything from the tents required to house the temporary structure to the medical equipment used to treat patients. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

A Department of Health and Human Services logistician throws a cargo net over a pallet on the flight line at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 21, 2017. This cargo included items needed to build a hospital from scratch – everything from the tents required to house the temporary structure to the medical equipment used to treat patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Peek)

Disaster Medical Assistance Team members secure a cargo net around a pallet of medical supplies on the flightline at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 21, 2017. The DMAT is a federalized workforce of doctors, nurses, paramedics, emergency management technicians, safety, and others who provide medical care during natural disaster relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

Disaster Medical Assistance Team members secure a cargo net around a pallet of medical supplies on the flight line at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 21, 2017. The DMAT is a federalized workforce of doctors, nurses, paramedics, emergency management technicians, safety, and others who provide medical care during natural disaster relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Peek)

Medical personnel transfer a patient from a plane to stretcher on the flightline at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 21, 2017. Dobbins received patients from the U.S. Virgin Islands who were then processed and transported to metro Atlanta medical facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Park)

Medical personnel transfer a patient from a plane to stretcher on the flight line at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 21, 2017. Dobbins ARB received patients from the U.S. Virgin Islands who were then processed and transported to metro Atlanta medical facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Park)

Semi-trucks line up on the flightline at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 21, 2017 and wait to be offloaded. The trucks transported various supplies from all over the country to Dobbins where they were palletized and loaded onto C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and flown to provide hurricane relief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Semitrucks line up on the flight line at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 21, 2017 and wait to be offloaded. The trucks transported various supplies from all over the country to Dobbins ARB where they were palletized and loaded onto C-17 Globemaster III and flown to provide hurricane relief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

A forklift driver unload pallets of medical supplies from the back of a semi-truck at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 21, 2017. This cargo included items needed to build a hospital from scratch – everything from the tents required to house the temporary structure to the medical equipment used to treat patients. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)

A forklift driver unload pallets of medical supplies from the back of a semitruck at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 21, 2017. This cargo included items needed to build a hospital from scratch – everything from the tents required to house the temporary structure to the medical equipment used to treat patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Peek)

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) -- The flight line resembled a truck stop gas station this week as semitrucks were lined up in several rows behind the Transportation Proficiency Center, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Sept. 21, 2017. Trucks carried cargo vital to the relief efforts currently underway in countries lying in the destructive path of Hurricane Maria.

The cargo included items needed to build a hospital from scratch – everything from the tents required to secure the temporary structure to the medical equipment used to treat patients.

“Our predominant asset that we’re sending out now is called a ‘Disaster Medical Assistance Team basic load,’ which is a field hospital that encompasses 35 DMAT members,” said Rodney Waltersdorff, Department of Health and Human Services logistics management specialist based out of Washington, D.C. “They’re a federalized workforce that actually gets sent out there – doctors, nurses, paramedics, emergency management technicians, safety, various different titles – and they go out and they work inside the resource that we’re sending, in a MASH field hospital in military terminology.”

As overwhelming as this task can seem, several federal agencies and the Air Force Reserve are working together to make it happen. The operation takes careful orchestration to ensure all the supplies and personnel traveling from around the country reach Dobbins ARB, which is serving as a transit hub.

“Dobbins is strategically located to serve as an installation support base for disaster relief in the Southeastern U.S. and Caribbean,” said Col. Marty Hughes, 94th Mission Support Group commander.

The logisticians manage the movement of these supplies by calling on various mission support centers located in the U.S., as well as regional facilities situated both in the U.S. and overseas to provide the necessary supplies, said Waltersdorff.

At Dobbins ARB, aerial porters from the 80th Aerial Port Squadron work alongside logisticians with HHS to offload semitrucks parked on the flight line. These items are then palletized and prepared to load onto C-17 Globemaster III, which fly to their ultimate stop.

Communication after a natural disaster is also a matter of concern as the movement of patients and supplies can be a matter of life and death. The storm eliminated most forms of communication on the island of Puerto Rico, therefore, the Federal Emergency Management Agency brought incident response vehicles, which contain various communications equipment to allow FEMA members to talk with their counterparts stateside during the relief effort. These vehicles contain video teleconference equipment, internet, radios, and other telecommunication systems required to perform their mission.

“Our main job down there initially is going to be setting up satellite communication terminals, and working off that until the infrastructure can get built back up,” said Jameson Saykaly, FEMA mobile emergency response support telecommunications specialist.

Dobbins ARB will also serve as a federal coordinating center for patient reception as part of the national disaster medical system, an entity that coordinates patient movement following a natural disaster. Dobbins ARB received patients from the U.S. Virgin Islands who were processed and transported to metro Atlanta medical facilities.

“Dobbins (ARB) has been completely fantastic in providing not only the resources we needed, such as pallets, nets and material handling equipment, but also the personnel,” Waltersdorff said.

“We’re incredibly proud of the work our reservists are doing to support relief efforts for those impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The partnerships with FEMA, the Department of Health and Human Services and all of the agencies supporting these relief efforts has been tremendous,” said Hughes.

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