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Humanitarian Assistance for Georgia Continues

By Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dana M. Clark
Special to American Forces Press Service

STUTTGART, Germany, Aug. 15, 2008 – Humanitarian aid to the former Soviet republic of Georgia continued today, as two U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules transport aircraft arrived in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, carrying pallets of cargo, including emergency shelter items and medical supplies.

Military forces throughout U.S. European Command's area of responsibility are contributing to the effort.

An Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport arrived in Tbilisi with the first planeload of U.S. aid Aug. 13, carrying blankets, cots, sleeping bags and medical supplies. A second C-17 arrived yesterday and carried additional supplies, as well as 104,000 doses of antibiotics requested by the Georgian Health Ministry.

The supplies are being distributed and coordinated by five nongovernmental organizations: Counterpart International, A Call to Serve -- Georgia, International Relief and Development, Hellenicare, and the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

All humanitarian assistance efforts have been closely coordinated with the Georgian government and international organizations, EuCom officials said.

(Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dana M. Clark serves in the U.S. European Command Public Affairs Office.)

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