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Army aid flows to Haiti from halfway around the world

Jan 20, 2010

By Joyce Costello (USAG Livorno)

CAMP DARBY, Italy -- When disaster struck Haiti, relief and humanitarian agencies around the world quickly looked to see if they could locate ways to provide a clean water supply among other basic life necessities.

Jan. 18, members of 3/405th Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB) were quickly putting together pallets of humanitarian aid support of the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) warehouses on Leghorn Army Depot, part of the Camp Darby Military Community.

"We are sending four 10,000 liter water bladders, eight water purification units, 18,000 ten liter water containers, 24,000 personal hygiene kits and 200 rolls of plastic sheeting," said Lt. Col. Roger McCreery, 3/405 AFSB commander. "The OFDA warehouse is stocked for emergencies such as this and our personnel work hard to ensure much needed aid gets to where it is required as soon as possible."

The aid was airlifted out Pisa International Airport Jan. 19, to Haiti where USAID will distribute it through their teams on the ground, according to McCreery.

"From a logistics standpoint, the location of Camp Darby allows us to move quickly and get things out to those who need it in a timely manner" said Lt. Col. Steven Cade, U.S. Army Garrison Livorno commander

"This efficient network system makes it possible for the delivery of Humanitarian Aid from Tuscany throughout the world, thus highlighting the role of Camp Darby as one of the most important relief structures in Europe," said Col. Raffaele Iubini, Italian Base commander. "Thanks for the hard work Italian employees at the base did to get this shipment out."

In the last few months, 3/405th AFSB has also shipped aid to the Philippines, Myramar, Republic of Georgia, Dubai, and Miami, Fla.

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