The crew, which included numerous veterans from the 5th Special Forces Group from Clarksville, traveled through the night to reach the Fort Myers region.
After Hurricane Ian’s devastation, Floridians will have a difficult time recovering. Volunteers from Nashville and Clarksville with experience in disaster relief are already on the scene. Despite having its headquarters in Nashville, Aerial Recovery Group’s influence extends far beyond Middle Tennessee. Phil Calcese of Clarksville, the director of international operations for Aerial Recovery Group and a former member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell, said, “These people need our support, and that’s what we’re here to do, so we’re here.” “Good attitude and assistance.” Pallets of food and water were initially going to be picked up so they could distribute them to people in need, but their intentions suddenly changed. “All of a sudden, people just came out of the woodwork. It was pretty amazing,” Calcese recalled. “We got there and there was a guy standing in the parking lot. He just said, ‘I need help,’ and we just immediately went into to set up our little mobile tarp and started saving people as needed.”