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Youngstown Area Reservists At it again

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by "J", Sep 10, 2005.

  1. "J"


    Just thought I'd update some of the workings of your airbase to the north, of Youngstown, although I'm not involved on this one allot of my friends are and jumped at the chance to help out. If you know anyone in the reserve or guard next time you see them give them a big thanks next time you talk to them most of them have been spread pretty thin the last couple of years. Thanks "J"

    910th Airlift Wing Spray Units Deployed to New Orleans
    Sept 8, 2005 2:14 p.m.

    VIENNA, Ohio -- The 910th Airlift Wing aerial spray unit at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station is being deployed today to New Orleans to begin spraying operations to stop the transmission of water-borne infectious diseases.

    Public health officials fear the toxic waters that still cover more than half of the city are dangerous breeding grounds for insects that malaria, West Niles virus and encephalitis.

    Two C-130s from the base and nearly 50 Air Force Reservists are being sent to Duke Field in Florida from where they will be deployed first to New Orleans and then, if required, to the remaining areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama hit hard by Hurricane Katrina.

    The 910th crews will work closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Centers for Disease Control, officials said. The insects that will be targeted are primarily mosquitoes and filth flies that are capable of transmitting malaria, West Nile virus, encephalitis and other diseases.

    “The product that will be used to combat the disease-spreading insects is dibrom, which is an extremely effective material for mosquito control, and at the amounts that will be applied, is an extremely safe material as well,” said Karl Haagsma, a research entomologist and Air Force Reserve captain with the 910th Airlift Wing.

    “Typically we apply dibrom at a rate of 1/2 to 1 ounce per acre,” he explained. “When properly applied at these application rates, dibrom is virtually non-toxic to humans, while eliminating a majority of the flying mosquito population.”

    Each aerial spray-modified C-130H is capable of spraying about 60,000 acres per day, officials said. Spray missions are normally conducted at dusk when the insects are most active.

    The 910th Airlift Wing is the only unit in the Department of Defense that is tasked to maintain a full-time, fixed-wing aerial spray capability. Four specially-modified C-130H aircraft from the 910th are used to conduct aerial spray missions to control insects, vegetation on military installations, and oil spills.

    In 1999, in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd, three C-130s from the 910th Airlift Wing sprayed for 22 days, covering 1.7 million acres of Virginia and North Carolina. These missions resulted in a 99% kill rate of mosquitoes, officials said.