United States Air Forces Supports Italy COVID-19 Response
United States Air Forces Supports Italy COVID-19 Response

United States Air Forces Supports Italy COVID-19 Response

In response to the ongoing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, transported an En-Route Patient Staging System (ERPSS) to Aviano Air Base, Italy, for delivery to the Italian Ministry of Defense. This mobile, or fixed system, provides 10 patient holding/staging beds and can support a maximum throughput of 40 patients in a 24-hour period.

“The COVID-19 pandemic requires that we work with our Allies and partners to meet the challenges together,” said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) commander.

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Airmen assigned to the 721st Aerial Port Squadron load pallets of medical supplies onto a C-130J Super Hercules heading to Aviano Air Base, Italy, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 20, 2020.
Airmen assigned to the 721st Aerial Port Squadron load pallets of medical supplies onto a C-130J Super Hercules heading to Aviano Air Base, Italy, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 20, 2020.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright)

“This effort demonstrates out mutual support as we team together in response to this public health crisis. We are working closely with our Italian friends, the Department of State, and U.S. European Command to ensure we provide the right equipment in a safe and timely manner,” Harrigian said. “It’s our privilege to support the Italian response, and our continued commitment reflects the values of the American people to provide assistance
whenever and wherever it is needed.”

A C-130J Super Hercules stationed out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany delivers pallets of medical equipment to Aviano Air Base, Italy, March 20, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow)
A C-130J Super Hercules stationed out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany delivers pallets of medical equipment to Aviano Air Base, Italy, March 20, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow)

The ERPSS system comes with seven days of medical supplies, operates within two tents and can achieve initial operating capability within one hour of notification. This particular configuration includes a 15-day resupply pallet.

USAFE prepositioned the equipment at Aviano AB as a prudent measure to potentially support higher COVID-19 risk areas.

A C-130J Super Hercules stationed out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany delivers pallets of medical equipment to Aviano Air Base, Italy, March 20, 2020.
A C-130J Super Hercules stationed out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany delivers pallets of medical equipment to Aviano Air Base, Italy, March 20, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow)
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