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Update on Operation Condor Flight in Ecuador

Matt Pelak

A career civil servant, Matt has spent over 15 years in the Army on active duty and in the National Guard, including a deployment to Iraq in 2004. Today, he is Team Rubicon's International Operations Chief, and has previously served as a contractor for the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service with multiple deployments to Iraq as well as work in Africa. In the civilian sector, Matt worked as a paramedic for over 12 years and in Poughkeepsie, NY as a firefighter/paramedic.

Team Rubocon member Lauren Ledford examines the ear canal of a young Ecudorian child with an foreign object inside.
Team Rubocon member Lauren Ledford examines the ear canal of a young Ecudorian child with a foreign object inside.

On April 16, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the central coast of Ecuador. On April 18, we deployed a four-man reconnaissance team to Manta to develop awareness of the ground situation, liaise with local officials, and identify logistical arrangements. Then, we sent a 14-person follow-on team, including two members from Team Rubicon UK, to conduct damage assessments and mobile medical operations to assist communities in and around Manta. At the request of the Ecuador government, our members are currently operating in San Isidro.

Team Rubicon members Chris Beswick and Lauren Ledford help haul water with local Ecuadorians to provide clean water to communities around San Isidro.
Team Rubicon members Chris Beswick and Lauren Ledford help haul water with local Ecuadorians to provide clean water to communities around San Isidro.

We currently hold a roster of 35,000 military veterans, first responders, and other skilled civilians. Many raised their hand and registered availability to deploy to Ecuador, and those members are encouraged to remain ready to deploy as we mobilize teams to Houston, TX, in the wake of severe flooding.

To get involved: 

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