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Members of the 21st Airlift Squadron use a forklift to remove a pallet full of tents off of a C-17 Globemaster to help aid displaced citizens of the recent floods in Tajikistan. The Airmen, along with members of Third Army, were able to provide a plane full of over $250,000 worth of tents after a call for international assistance by the Tajikistan government.

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KULOB, Tajikistan – At the request of the Tajikistan government, Third Army in support of U.S. efforts donated a C-17 load of tents to provide shelter to some of the more than 2,000 people who were affected by the flooding in Kulob, May 7.

"It is our privilege to help our partner and friend, the people of Tajikistan, in their hour of need," said Col. Michael J. Keller, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Civil Military Operations Center commander. "Our engineering and medical teams will continue to assess the situation to determine where further assistance is required."

When responding to a natural disaster or any other catastrophic event, Third Army stands ready to deploy at a moment's notice to provide aid and relief to the people of its partner nations in U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility. This support was "wheels up" to Tajikistan within four hours of notification.

"We are amazed with the kind gesture of supplies from the U.S. Army after this horrible natural disaster," said Gen. Khaibullo Latipov, chairman of the Emergency Committee of Tajikistan. "It is good to know that we have a friend we can count on in this region when the unpredictable happens."


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Date Taken:05.17.2010

Date Posted:05.17.2010 08:25

Location:KULOB, TJGlobe

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