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U.S. Southern Command Alerts Additional Medics for Peru Mission

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2007 - A U.S. Air Force medical team consisting of six doctors, a physician's assistant, a pharmacist and six medical technicians will deploy Aug. 18 from Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, to Ica, Peru, to assist residents affected by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake Aug. 15.

The medical readiness team will travel by commercial air and is scheduled to arrive in Ica on Sunday. The deployment will augment other U.S. military medical personnel providing assistance to the South American nation.

Earlier today, SOUTHCOM deployed a 30-man mobile surgical team from Joint Task Force, Bravo, based at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras, to Peru to provide specialized medical care to communities affected by the disaster.

The deployments follow a disaster declaration issued Thursday by U.S. Ambassador to Peru, Peter Michael McKinley, paving the way for U.S. government aid.

In addition to deploying medical assistance teams, U.S. Southern Command is purchasing $50,000 in needed medical supplies to be donated to the Peruvian Ministry of Health to assist the country with its ongoing relief efforts.

(Based on a U.S. Southern Command press release.)

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