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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 369-95
July 06, 1995

DOD TO TRANSPORT HUMANITARIAN AID TO GUATEMALA

The Department of Defense has joined forces with the Mission of Love organization of Youngstown, Ohio to move more than 30 tons of clothing, medical, building and office supplies to help the people of Guatemala.

The supplies are being shipped to Guatemala City on a space available basis via U.S. Air Force Reserve C-130s assigned to the 815th Airlift Squadron, Keesler AFB, Miss. A portion of the shipment, about 21,000 pounds of pressure treated lumber, was moved on June 30, with the remainder of the load tentatively scheduled for shipment later this month.

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.