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The Kentucky Air National Guard has sent dozens of personnel and equipment to the Dominican Republic to help with humanitarian effort in Haiti.

Colonel Ken Dale with the Louisville-based 123rd Airlift Wing says the group will establish an airfield to help get relief supplies across the border into the earthquake-ravaged country.

Dale says the 123rd previously sent two airmen to Haiti last weekend.

“They opened the airfield in Port au Prince, one is an air traffic controller, the other went out and controlled the drop zone for the air drops. Today, we’re sending out about 50 or 60 and they will open the airfield up in the Dominican Republic,” he said.

Dale says it’s not known how long the mission will last.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."