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Air Force Completes First Georgia Humanitarian Aid Mission

By Air Force Capt. Erin Dorrance
Special to American Forces Press Service

TBILISI, Georgia, Aug. 14, 2008 – A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport jet departed Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and landed at Tbilisi International Airport here yesterday, delivering $1 million in humanitarian aid to reduce the suffering of the people of the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

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Air Force Staff Sgt. Chris Broegemueller, assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing's Contingency Response Group at Sembach Air Base, Germany, helps to push out the first of 16 pallets aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III in Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 13, 2008. The humanitarian assistance delivery consisted of $1 million in U.S.-donated medical supplies, blankets, sleeping bags and bed sheets for the people of Georgia. The delivery was a joint service effort between airmen representing both U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Mobility Command, as well as U.S. Army Europe soldiers. Defense Dept. photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Wagers
  

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The joint military effort supported coordination by the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development with Georgian officials. The Defense Department was directed to support the effort with a joint U.S. military operation that launched with the delivery of 16 pallets of medicine, clothing, sleeping bags, cots and other essential items.

"Our sole goal is to safely and rapidly deliver humanitarian aid to Georgia to alleviate human suffering and save lives," said Col. Benjamin Everson, chief of U.S. Army Europe's International Operations Division. "We will continue to support this humanitarian mission until the host nation and the U.S. State Department determine that it is no longer needed."

The C-17, based out of McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., was operated by a 3rd Airlift Squadron crew from Dover Air Force Base, Del., and landed amid cheers and smiles from local nationals on the airfield.

One pallet after another was quickly offloaded from the aircraft. The Georgians on the ground continually thanked the U.S. military team for its efforts.

"We are in dire need of these supplies," said Sergey Khomchenko, Counterpart Community and Humanitarian Assistance Program director. "Thank you so much for helping us in this great time of need. These supplies will surely save lives."

U.S. officials, including a U.S. European Command survey team, continue to coordinate closely with the Georgian government to determine what aid is most needed within the country and how best to distribute it.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker, a U.S. European Command spokesman, praised the joint humanitarian relief effort.

"We are very pleased that the joint military community -- EuCom, U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Air Forces in Europe -- have the opportunity to provide logistical support to bring these humanitarian supplies here,” he said. "EuCom forces will remain ready to support as further needs are assessed."

(Air Force Capt. Erin Dorrance serves in the 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office.)

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Click photo for screen-resolution imageInternational media representatives photograph the first of 16 pallets containing $1 million in U.S.-donated medical supplies, blankets, sleeping bags and bed sheets for the people of Georgia, Aug. 13, 2008, in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. The delivery was a joint-service effort between airmen representing U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Mobility Command, as well as U.S. Army Europe soldiers. Defense Dept. photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Wagers  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageWhile en route to Tbilisi, Georgia, from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Army, Navy and Air Force officers discuss details of the joint humanitarian assistance delivery, Aug. 13, 2008. The delivery consisted of $1 million in U.S.-donated medical supplies, blankets, sleeping bags and bed sheets for the people of the Republic of Georgia. Defense Dept. photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Wagers  
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