Airmen Deploy to Pakistan to Provide Flood Relief
621st Contingency Response Wing Public Affairs
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 30, 2010 About 40 airmen from the Air Force’s 621st Contingency Response Wing arrived here Aug. 28 to support Pakistan flood-relief operations.
A forklift operator unloads supplies from an Air Force cargo plane Aug. 28, 2010, as the 621st Contingency Response Wing arrives in Islamabad, Pakistan, to take part in flood-relief efforts. The 621st CRW is home-based at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. U.S. Air Force photo
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The airmen will work at Pakistan Air Force Base Chaklala, Rawalpindi, in partnership with Pakistani government and military officials to support humanitarian airlift operations delivering relief supplies to required locations throughout the country.
This is the second time CRW personnel have deployed to Pakistan; they provided similar support during the 2005 earthquake humanitarian relief operations. The unit is based at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
“Our mission will be to work in close coordination with the government of Pakistan to help provide humanitarian relief supplies and equipment that meet the requirements identified by assessment teams and humanitarian organizations,” said Lt. Col. Shawn Underwood, 621st Contingency Response Element commander.
“We’ve supported the people of Pakistan before,” Underwood continued, “and the support and aid we provide to our friends in this time of need will be nothing less.”
The Air Force operation is part of numerous U.S. military deployments in response to Pakistan’s request for flood-relief assistance.
To date, U.S. military aircraft supporting flood-relief efforts in Pakistan have transported more than 2.2 million pounds of humanitarian assistance supplies and rescued more than 8,000 people within Pakistan, delivering much-needed aid and providing transport to people who urgently need emergency assistance.