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Nepalese army, JTF-505 treat victims after 2nd earthquake rattles Nepal

U.S. Air Force, Marines, and Nepalese army members transport an earthquake patient from a MV-22 Osprey for medical care at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. The Joint Task Force-505 members worked with the Nepalese army to triage, treat and transport patients after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same day following a 7.8 magnitude quake that devastated the nation April 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

U.S. Air Force, Marines, and Nepalese army members transport an earthquake patient from a MV-22 Osprey for medical care at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. The Joint Task Force-505 members worked with the Nepalese army to triage, treat and transport patients after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same day following a 7.8 magnitude quake that devastated the nation April 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

U.S. Marines and Nepalese army soldiers transport an earthquake victim from a UH-1 Huey helicopter for medical care at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. Joint Task Force-505 members worked with the Nepalese army to triage, treat and transport patients after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same day following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation April 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

U.S. Marines and Nepalese army soldiers transport an earthquake victim from a UH-1 Huey helicopter for medical care at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. Joint Task Force-505 members worked with the Nepalese army to triage, treat and transport patients after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same day following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation April 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

J.P. Reardon (left) and Steve Strott, both U.S. Agency for International Development firefighter paramedics, treat an earthquake victim at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. Joint Task Force-505 and USAID members worked with the Nepalese army to triage, treat and transport patients after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same day following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation April 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

J.P. Reardon (left) and Steve Strott, both U.S. Agency for International Development firefighter paramedics, treat an earthquake victim at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. Joint Task Force-505 and USAID members worked with the Nepalese army to triage, treat and transport patients after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same day following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation April 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

U.S. Airmen assigned to 36th Contingency Response Group set up a flightline aid station for medical professionals to take care of earthquake victims at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. Joint Task Force-505 members worked with the Nepalese army to triage, treat and transport patients after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same day following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation April 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

U.S. Airmen assigned to 36th Contingency Response Group set up a flightline aid station for medical professionals to take care of earthquake victims at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. Joint Task Force-505 members worked with the Nepalese army to triage, treat and transport patients after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same day following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation April 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

A Nepalese army soldier makes radio contact while U.S. Marines and Airmen standby with litters to transport earthquake victims at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. Joint Task Force-505 members worked with the Nepalese army to triage, treat and transport patients after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same day following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation April 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

A Nepalese army soldier makes radio contact while U.S. Marines and Airmen standby with litters to transport earthquake victims at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. Joint Task Force-505 members worked with the Nepalese army to triage, treat and transport patients after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same day following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation April 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Honorata Fernandez, 36th Contingency Response Group independent duty medical technician, helps Nepalese army and U.S. Agency for International Development members evaluate an earthquake victim at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. Joint Task Force-505 members worked with the Nepalese army to triage, treat and transport patients after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same day following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation April 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Honorata Fernandez, 36th Contingency Response Group independent duty medical technician, helps Nepalese army and U.S. Agency for International Development members evaluate an earthquake victim at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. Joint Task Force-505 members worked with the Nepalese army to triage, treat and transport patients after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same day following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation April 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

U.S. Marines and Airmen standby with litters to transport earthquake victims at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. Joint Task Force-505 members worked with the Nepalese army to triage, treat and transport patients after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same day following a 7.8 magnitude quake that devastated the nation April 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

U.S. Marines and Airmen standby with litters to transport earthquake victims at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. Joint Task Force-505 members worked with the Nepalese army to triage, treat and transport patients after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same day following a 7.8 magnitude quake that devastated the nation April 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Honorata Fernandez, 36th Contingency Response Group independent duty medical technician, helps Nepalese army soldiers splint an earthquake victim's leg at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. Joint Task Force-505 members worked with the Nepalese army to triage, treat and transport patients after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same day following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation April 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Honorata Fernandez, 36th Contingency Response Group independent duty medical technician, helps Nepalese army soldiers splint an earthquake victim's leg at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. Joint Task Force-505 members worked with the Nepalese army to triage, treat and transport patients after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same day following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation April 25, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

A U.S. Service member with Joint Task Force-505 and rescue and medical personnel provide aid to an earthquake victim at a medical triage area at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the country, May 12, 2015. JTF-505 along with other multinational forces and humanitarian relief organizations are currently in Nepal providing aid after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country, April 25, 2015. At Nepal's request the U.S. government ordered JTF-505 to provide unique capabilities to assist Nepal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Staff Sgt. Jeffrey D. Anderson/Released)

A U.S. Service member with Joint Task Force-505 and rescue and medical personnel provide aid to an earthquake victim at a medical triage area at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the country, May 12, 2015. JTF-505 along with other multinational forces and humanitarian relief organizations are currently in Nepal providing aid after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country, April 25, 2015. At Nepal's request the U.S. government ordered JTF-505 to provide unique capabilities to assist Nepal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Staff Sgt. Jeffrey D. Anderson/Released)

An earthquake victim is treated for injuries at a medical triage area at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the country, May 12, 2015. Joint Task Force-505 along with other multinational forces and humanitarian relief organizations are currently in Nepal providing aid after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country, April 25, 2015. At Nepal's request the U.S. government ordered JTF-505 to provide unique capabilities to assist Nepal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Staff Sgt. Jeffrey D. Anderson/Released)
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An earthquake victim is treated for injuries at a medical triage area at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the country, May 12, 2015. Joint Task Force-505 along with other multinational forces and humanitarian relief organizations are currently in Nepal providing aid after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country, April 25, 2015. At Nepal's request the U.S. government ordered JTF-505 to provide unique capabilities to assist Nepal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Staff Sgt. Jeffrey D. Anderson/Released)

U.S. Service members with Joint Task Force-505 provide aid to an earthquake victim at a medical triage area at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the country, May 12, 2015. JTF-505 along with other multinational forces and humanitarian relief organizations are currently in Nepal providing aid after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country, April 25, 2015. At Nepal's request the U.S. government ordered JTF-505 to provide unique capabilities to assist Nepal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Staff Sgt. Jeffrey D. Anderson/Released)
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U.S. Service members with Joint Task Force-505 provide aid to an earthquake victim at a medical triage area at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the country, May 12, 2015. JTF-505 along with other multinational forces and humanitarian relief organizations are currently in Nepal providing aid after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country, April 25, 2015. At Nepal's request the U.S. government ordered JTF-505 to provide unique capabilities to assist Nepal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Staff Sgt. Jeffrey D. Anderson/Released)

An Air Force Airman with Joint Task Force-505 helps an earthquake victim into an ambulance at a medical triage area at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake stuck the country, May 12, 2015. JTF-505 along with other multinational forces and humanitarian relief organizations are currently in Nepal providing aid after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country, April 25, 2015. At Nepal's request the U.S. government ordered JTF-505 to provide unique capabilities to assist Nepal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Staff Sgt. Jeffrey D. Anderson/Released)
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An Air Force Airman with Joint Task Force-505 helps an earthquake victim into an ambulance at a medical triage area at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake stuck the country, May 12, 2015. JTF-505 along with other multinational forces and humanitarian relief organizations are currently in Nepal providing aid after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country, April 25, 2015. At Nepal's request the U.S. government ordered JTF-505 to provide unique capabilities to assist Nepal. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Staff Sgt. Jeffrey D. Anderson/Released)

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- U.S. service members assisted government of Nepal and U.S. Agency for International Development officials with providing medical care for earthquake victims at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12.

U.S. Airmen, Marines and Sailors transported, triaged and provided minor medical care to approximately 44 patients who were evacuated to the airfield from remote, outlying villages after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake rattled the region just more than two weeks after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated the nation.

The joint-service team worked together to transport the patients arriving on U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys and UH-1Y Huey helicopters. Patients were transferred on litters to a flightline aid station where they were triaged and given minor medical care. After they were stabilized, the teams loaded the patients on to ambulances for further transport to the local Nepalese army hospital.

"It's amazing how we can all work together when it comes down to it," said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica Gomez-Hickman, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 corpsman. "Whatever uniform we wear doesn't matter right now, and the Nepalese army soldiers really helped out with translating to expedite the process."

The teams at the aid station received the first patients approximately 30 minutes after the earthquake hit. The station was originally capable of hosting four patients in a tent with additional cots set up in direct sunlight for overflow. The U.S. Air Force 36th Contingency Response Group Airmen, assigned to Joint Task Force-505, came to the site shortly thereafter and increased the aid station capability to approximately 15 protected patient treatment areas by providing and setting up tents and cots.

Gomez-Hickman said she was thankful for the improved facility which helped expedite the processing of patient care while also providing a safer environment and protection from the sun and weather for those affected by the earthquake.

The 36th CRG Airmen originally deployed to Nepal on May 5 from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to help the government of Nepal and USAID with airfield operations, but the second earthquake changed their primary mission.

"This was not what we originally came here to do," said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Honorata Fernandez, 36th CRG independent duty medical technician. "I wasn't expecting another earthquake to hit after we got here, but I'm glad my skills can be used to help people during this difficult time."