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Predator team deploys to support Haiti relief efforts

Airmen with the 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., prepare an RQ-1 Predator for deployment in support of Operation Unified Response, Jan. 20.  The Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alice Moore)

Airmen with the 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., prepare an RQ-1 Predator for deployment in support of Operation Unified Response, Jan. 20. The Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alice Moore)

RQ-1 Predators, like the one shown here, are being deployed from Creech Air Force Base, Nev., to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in support of relief efforts in Haiti.  The Predator team is from the 432nd Wing at Creech AFB.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Julianne Showalter)

RQ-1 Predators, like the one shown here, are being deployed from Creech Air Force Base, Nev., to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in support of relief efforts in Haiti. The Predator team is from the 432nd Wing at Creech AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Julianne Showalter)

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) -- Approximately 50 Airmen from the 432nd Wing here, along with RQ-1 Predator assets, deployed Jan. 22 to assist 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern officials with providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in Haiti.

"The Hunters of the 432nd were called upon to provide a vital ISR capability to assist the people of Haiti," said Col. Pete Gersten, 432nd Wing and 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander. "We always stand ready at a moment's notice to carry out the mission at hand. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Haitian people and all those affected by this devastating earthquake."

The RQ-1 Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft.

In addition to providing support to relief operations in Haiti, Airmen in the 432nd Wg and 432nd AEW continue to support overseas contingency operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"We save lives each and every day," Colonel Gersten said. "Our no-fail 24/7 combat operations downrange will still continue as we must support the joint warfighter. However, we remain committed to providing assistance to Haiti."

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