Tuesday, October 11, 2005

From a fella over at CentCom. . .

October 10, 2005
Release Number: 05-10-32

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FIRST U.S. HUMANITARIAN AIRLIFT REACHES ISLAMABAD

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A United States Air Force C-17 delivered the first
relief supplies here within 48 hours of the devastating earthquake that has
left thousands dead and thousands more injured and displaced.

The aircraft and its crew from the 7th Airlift Squadron, McChord Air Force
Base, Wash., delivered 12 pallets -- weighing almost 90,000 pounds -- of
food, water, medicine and blankets from Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

With only a few hours notice, Airmen and soldiers at Bagram, successfully
worked to palletize the humanitarian relief supplies and prepare them for
the flight. Three aerial port specialists were also on the flight to
coordinate and manage the cargo once it arrived at Islamabad.

"This was a total team effort," said Col. Mike Isherwood, 455th Air
Expeditionary Wing Vice Commander. "Our hearts go out to all those affected
by the earthquake and we are thankful we were able to help out."

Pakistan Army Brig. Gen. Imtiaz Sherazi, director of logistics, is
coordinating the relief efforts as supplies arrive and ensuring rapid
distribution of assistance to areas that need it most.

Said General Sherazi, "These items are very valuable to us because there are
lots of people in great distress."

As relief efforts are ongoing worldwide, United States Central Command will
continue to identify and provide additional capabilities for airborne
reconnaissance, heavy lift ground equipment, medical support, shelters,
rations and water to aid and assist the people of Pakistan.

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October 9, 2005
Release Number: 05-10-30

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STATEMENT FROM THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ON THE SOUTH ASIAN EARTHQUAKE

"On behalf of the men and women of the Department of Defense, I express my
condolences to those affected by the earthquake in South Asia.

"The Department of Defense is working closely with the State Department, and
affected governments, to provide assistance to ease the suffering and assist
in search and rescue operations.

"General John Abizaid, the Commander of the United States Central Command,
and others have been in touch with military officials in Pakistan, and is
moving five CH-47 and three UH-60 helicopters into Pakistan immediately.

"Additional capabilities for airborne reconnaissance, heavy lift ground
equipment, and medical support are being identified and dispatched from
within the Central Command region.

"Today, I will designate a dedicated Task Force commander in the region to
work with the affected governments, to help assess their needs, and to draw
on U.S. military capabilities from inside or outside the affected region as
may be available and required.

# # #

October 9, 2005
Release Number: 05-10-29

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COALITION SENDS HELICOPTER SUPPORT TO ASSIST PAKISTAN EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY

KABUL , Afghanistan - At the request of the Pakistan Government, Combined
Forces Command-Afghanistan will send U.S. Army helicopters and support
personnel to assist with emergency recovery operations due to the earthquake
in Pakistan

Following Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice's statement of support for
relief, recovery and rescue operations, five CH-47 Chinook helicopters and
three UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters with their associated crews should arrive
Monday. They will provide rescue, recovery and logistics assistance.

CFC-A is in contact with the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad to provide planning
assistance and technical guidance as required.

This support will not degrade the Coalition's operations in the Global War
on Terror.

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