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Release No: 474-95
August 29, 1995


The Departments of Defense and State have announced plans to move excess DODgenerators to help the Kurdish people of northern Iraq. The six gas turbinegenerators will be airlifted from Tompkins Barracks, Schwetzingen, Germany tothe town of Sumail in the Iraqi governate of Dohuk by September 30, 1995.

The turbines, each capable of generating up to 625 kilowatts of power, will behooked into the existing power grid which has been off-line since the Iraqigovernment cut power to the region in 1993. The hope is to restore power towater pump stations, hospitals and clinics, and possibly schools throughout thearea.

In addition to the generators, DOD will also provide five U.S. Army personnelto assist in the installation and training of the Kurdish technicians who willoperate and maintain the units. That phase of the operation expected to lastfour to six weeks.

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

Under the 1986 DOD Authorization Act, HRA is authorized to transport non-lethalexcess property, relief supplies and privately donated cargo to meethumanitarian needs worldwide. In fiscal year 1994, HAP completed 72humanitarian shipments to more than 39 countries with an estimated acquisitionvalue of $66.5 million.

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