Thursday, September 13, 2001

Wright-Patterson medical personnel join effort




By Lew Moores, The Cincinnati Enquirer
and Dave Eck, Enquirer Contributor

        Nearly two dozen medical personnel from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have been dispatched to Washington and New York City, and the base near Dayton and other military facilities around the Tristate remained under tight security Wednesday.

        The 22 personnel are surgical, trauma and critical care members of Wright Patterson's medical center. They left on an airlift wing just before 4 a.m. Wednesday, base spokeswoman Joanne Rumple said.

        The medical teams will support emergency response efforts in Washington, D.C., and New York City. It was not known how long the crews will be gone.

        At Fort Campbell in Kentucky, the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division declined to say whether soldiers would be deployed in response to the terrorist attacks.

        But Maj. General Richard Cody did say the soldiers are trained to be able to deploy in 36 hours.

        No National Guard units from Ohio or Kentucky have been activated or mobilized, say public affairs officers in those states.

        “There have been no activations,” said Denise Varner, deputy public affairs officer for the Ohio National Guard's Adjutant General's office in Columbus. “I can tell you there's some activity, but I can't go into specifics.”

        Ms. Varner said security has been increased at the guard's 60 units around the state.

        “Some of the armories are locked down,” said Ms. Varner. “They've increased security at the air bases. They're searching cars that go in.”

        Lt. Col. Phil Miller with the Kentucky National Guard in Frankfort said they also have had no activations.

        “We have National Guard units in 47 Kentucky communities, and have placed all of them on a heightened level of security,” said Lt. Col. Miller.

        He said the Air Force has asked that they place two C-130 planes and two crews on alert, “in the event there was a requirement for air transportation of emergency equipment or personnel somewhere in the U.S.”

        Meantime, the Wright-Patterson base remains on force protection “Delta,” a high level of security. Personnel not mission-essential were sent home on Tuesday and remained off the base Wednesday. Those who did enter the facility in Fairborn were subject to thorough searches of their vehicles by armed guards.

        No local U.S. Army reservists have been called to duty in the wake of the disaster. But they, too, remain on high alert.

        “We are at increased force protection level,” said Bill Geddes, public affairs specialist for U.S. Army Reserve. “We're at an increased level of readiness, meaning we are prepared to react, if called.”

       



At a glance
Attacks are topic No. 1 in classrooms
Body recovery part of work of NYC crews
Constituents' emotions unmitigated
Different faiths, all drawn to pray
Family clings to details of missing woman's fate
Jews seek normalcy
Local firefighters on task force joining rescue efforts
Muslims urged to give aid
No date, time for nation's air travel to resume
Notebook
Outpouring of donations keeps blood supply steady
Relatives wait for word, pray
Stranded travelers find help in Florence
Tightened air security will be norm
Travelers wait, pray in deserted airport
Work resumes, but life is different
- Wright-Patterson medical personnel join effort
PULFER: Cell phones
RADEL: Tristate sprouts flying flags
Reports bring sweep of river
Court upholds stay for Byrd
Luken suggests raises for cadets
Luken unused to second place
Primary results
Council halts bid for road-extension vote
Superintendent's contract extended
Tristate A.M. Report
Woman shot outside school as it lets out