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DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, public affairs officer, Kentucky National Guard

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Lt. Col. Hilbrecht is currently deployed to the Dominican Republic in support of Operation Unified Response, the humanitarian relief mission for Haiti. The Kentucky Air National Guard currently has about 50 members deployed in support of Operation Unified Response, including the 123rd Contingency Response Group in the Dominican Republic and members of the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron in Haiti.

Since last Friday, the 123STS airmen have processed in excess of 200 tons of supplies, to include an emergency shipment of plasma that was delivered by air into Haiti. Special Tactics airmen have also assisted in emergency supply air deliveries into Haiti with U.S. Air Force C-17s. Combat controllers are used to working in locations devoid of functioning air traffic control. Armed and trained to set up and help secure new airfield operations, these airmen have made aerial resupply missions to Port-au-Prince International Airport possible. The 123CRG is teaming up with other nations to form a joint command post (airbase) in the Dominican Republic to help expedite additional aid for Haiti. CRG operations include air base assessment, initial airfield operations and force protection and Alaskan shelter construction.

For more information on what the National Guard is doing to support "Operation Unified Response" go to: http://www.ng.mil/features/haiti/default.aspx
And, watch an interview with Lt. Col. Hilbrecht by visiting their blog: http://kentuckyguard.wordpress.com/

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