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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 408-95
July 27, 1995

DOD TO TRANSPORT HUMANITARIAN AID TO BELARUS

The Department of Defense has announced plans to move more than 75 tons of excess DOD medical supplies and equipment, furniture, blankets, books and an ambulance to help the people of Belarus. The supplies will be palletized and shipped from Ramstein AB, Germany to Minsk, Belarus via C-5A aircraft assigned to the 433rd Airlift Wing, Kelly AFB, Texas.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs (HRA) Patricia L. Irvin said the Department, in cooperation with other government agencies and within the limits of its resources, understands and strives to fulfill its responsibility to help alleviate suffering throughout the world. She said the Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) is often the most economical means available to local charitable organizations to transport donated goods to foreign countries for humanitarian purposes.

Under the 1986 DOD Authorization Act, HRA is authorized to transport non-lethal excess property, relief supplies and privately donated cargo to meet humanitarian needs worldwide. Over the past two years, 370 transportation missions have been accomplished to more than 50 countries.