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Third Army Provides Humanitarian Support to Tajikistan Spc. Brandon Babbitt

Young Tajikistan soldiers look on from the back of a truck as a Tajikistan Army officer removes an American flag from a pallet full of tents May 15. The tents, provided by Third Army in coordination with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Embassy and Government of Tajikistan, were sent to aid more than 2000 displaced citizens after the recent flooding.

KULOB, Tajikistan - Third Army Soldiers have responded to a request for assistance from the government of Tajikistan due to a recent flood crisis.

Within four hours of receiving notification on May 16, a Third Army mission, led by Col. Michael Keller, commander, 321st Civil Affairs Brigade, Civil Military Operations Center, with the help of members of the 21st Airlift Squadron from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., left Kuwait and delivered supplies via a C-17 Globemaster on an airfield near the city of Kulob, located in the southern part of Tajikistan.

Members of the Tajikistan government and military met Third Army Soldiers at an airfield near Kulob. There, they all joined together while removing pallets full of tents from the plane onto trucks waiting to deliver it to those areas hit hardest by the floods.

Gen. Khaibullo Latipov, chairman of the Emergency Committee of Tajikistan, commented on the support his people received from Patton's Own.

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

Saturday's assistance, consisted of a C-17 plane-load of tents, valued at over $250,000. The tents will be used to help shelter the displaced citizens of Tajikistan affected by the floods.

The floods, which began May 7, have already killed at least 22 people, leaving another 50 missing, over 200 injured and more than 2,000 have been displaced from their homes.

Even though missions in Afghanistan and Iraq lay at the forefront of the Third Army focus, Third Army stands ready to respond to contingency operations in the region and the needs of its partner nations.

"Today's mission brought together an inspiring joint service effort," said Keller. "It is our privilege to help our partner and friend, the people of Tajikistan, in their hour of need."

Tajikistan is a mountainous landlocked country in Central Asia and part of Central Command's Area of Responsibility. Afghanistan borders it to the south, Uzbekistan to its west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and the People's Republic of China to the east.

Flooding in Tajikistan is seasonal and something the people there deal with every year; however, this year's flooding exceeded the government of Tajikistan's ability to respond, prompting them to seek international help. Sunday's aid delivery was just part of the U.S. response to Tajikistan's appeal for help.

Third Army's humanitarian aid provides the people of Tajikistan emergency shelter while they take on the mission of rebuilding their homes after the devastating floods.

Spc. Saliyev Djamoliddin, a Tajikistan born Third Army Soldier who assisted the operation by providing linguist support, said it felt good to come home to his native country and make a difference.

This was an opportunity for Third Army to demonstrate its commitment to Tajikistan as it continues to build upon relationships with its partners in the region.


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Date Taken:05.17.2010

Date Posted:05.17.2010 11:16

Location:KULOB, TJGlobe

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