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Release No: 609-98
November 25, 1998


Thanks to the Department of Defense, citizens in 28 states nationwide, who have responded to calls for donations to relieve the suffering for Central Americans, are seeing their efforts expedited under the provisions of the Denton Amendment.

The Denton Program, enacted by Congress in 1985, authorized under Title 10, U.S. Code, allows the Department of Defense to provide transportation of private donations of more than 2,000 lbs. for humanitarian purposes on a space-available basis. Under the Denton Program, prospective donors must contact the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance in Washington to find out if the program may be undertaken in the destination country. Then, the donor must comply with procedures for having an in-country recipient.

As of today, more than 4.9 million pounds of food, medical supplies and clothing have been ferried by air and surface transportation to the countries of Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala to speed relief for the victims of Hurricane Mitch.

U.S. military C-130, C-141, C-17 and C-5 transport aircraft, most from the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard, have been the primary carriers

Air Force Reserve units involved are:

437th Airlift Wing, Chicopee, Mass 459th Airlift Wing, Camp Springs, Md.
403rd Airlift Wing, Biloxi, Miss. 914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
445th Airlift Wing, Dayton, Ohio 302nd Airlift Wing, Colorado Springs, Colo.
94th Airlift Wing, Atlanta, Ga. 439th Airlift Wing, Springfield, Mass.
440th Airlift Wing, Milwaukee, Wis. 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown, Ohio
934th Airlift Wing, Minneapolis, Minn. 443rd Airlift Wing, San Antonio, Texas
452nd Airlift Wing, Riverside, Calif. 446th Airlift Wing, Tacoma, Wash.
349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. 514th Air Mobility Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J

Air National Guard units involved are:

117th Air Refueling Wg, Birmingham, Ala. 189th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Ark.
146th Airlift Wing, Point Mugu, Calif. 165th Airlift Wing, Savannah, Ga.
159th Fighter Wing, New Orleans, La. 172nd Airlift Wing, Jackson, Miss.
137th Airlift Wing, Oklahoma City, Okla. 143rd Airlift Wing, Providence, R.I.
167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Navy and Marine Corps Reserve units involved are:

Naval Air Reserve Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 53, Camp Springs, Md.
Naval Air Reserve Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 54, New Orleans, La.
Naval Air Reserve Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 62, Brunswick, Maine
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452, Marine Aircraft Group 49, 4th
Marine Aircraft Wing, Newburgh, N.Y.

Air National Guard units projected to support future missions are:

139th Airlift Wing, St. Joseph, Mo 123rd Airlift Wing, Louisville, Ky.
135th Airlift Squadron, Baltimore, Md. 124th Airlift Wing, Boise, Idaho
118th Airlift Wing, Nashville, Tenn. 166th Airlift Wing, Newcastle, Del.

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