Airmen Complete Humanitarian Mission In Chile
By Dialogo March 31, 2010
Members of the Air Force Expeditionary Medical Support team completed a
humanitarian mission to build an expeditionary hospital and augment medical care for
members of the Angol community.
A team of Airmen built, staffed and equipped a field hospital to serve more
than 110,000 people in the Angol region. During a ceremony March 24, U.S. government
officials donated the hospital to the local Chilean medical community.
The hospital in Angol was severely damaged in an 8.8-magnitude earthquake
Feb. 27. With the loss of the regional hospital, local medical officials lost the
use of 190 beds.
The 82 Airmen from 16 different bases arrived in Chile March 10. With help
from members of the Angol community, the Chilean army and the U.S. Agency for
International Development, they turned a bare polo field into a fully-operational
hospital in three and half days.
Since the hospital opened March 13, Chilean and Air Force medics treated more
than 300 patients and performed about 40 surgeries.
Prior to the building of this hospital, medical professionals in Angol used a
16-bed clinic to treat patients in the community.
With the addition of this hospital, health professionals in Angol will have
back more than 60 percent of the beds lost as a result of the
The U.S. Agency for International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster
Assistance provided $8.6 million to support the expeditionary facility and staff for
a 14-day operational period.