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Washington Air National Guard joins Operation Jump Start

FAIRCHILD AFB, Wash. -- -- The 141st Air Refueling Wing, Washington Air National Guard, deployed a small portable expeditionary aeromedical rapid response package for Operation Jump Start July 31.
Operation Jump Start is the National Guard' s mission supporting Customs and Border Patrol to secure the U.S. border with Mexico.

A KC-135 loaded with pallets of medical equipment and 16 people stopped in Tucson, Ariz., with plans to forward deploy near Nogales, Ariz. Air National Guard civil engineers and medical personnel will set up the equipment, which will be used to establish a sick-call for troops supporting the border mission.

Col. Gary Magonigle, 141st ARW commander, said the request came from the National Guard Bureau to have equipment and medical personnel in place on Aug. 1.
"Our citizen Airmen quickly responded to the call for this voluntary duty, and we will be in place ready to assist fellow guard members with medical problems," Colonel Magonigle said.

The 141st ARW Airmen will rotate out in 14 days, but the SPEARR equipment will stay to be used by subsequent medical teams until the National Guard Bureau determines it will be returned to Fairchild.