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    US bolsters Indonesian Partnership by Extending Troops Stay

    US bolsters Indonesian Partnership by Extending Troops Stay

    Photo By Master Sgt. James May | A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules from the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan...... read more read more



    Story by Master Sgt. James May 

    36th Contingency Response Group

    BALIKPAPAN, Indonesia – U.S. Air Force members assigned to the 36th Contingency Response Group at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam and 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan have extended their mission to support USAID’s humanitarian response to help people affected by the Indonesia earthquake and tsunami.

    “This is what we mean when we say we are Indonesia’s partner,” said U.S. Ambassador Joseph R. Donovan Jr., “We will continue to assist the Government of Indonesia in its relief efforts.”

    More than 330,000 people are homeless or without adequate shelter.

    If needed, the extension will run until October 25 when the Indonesian government has decided to end the airbridge operations between Balikpapan and Palu. This will enable the continued transport of critical humanitarian supplies, cargo, and displaced people until the airbridge closes.

    “Working side-by-side with our Indonesian and multinational counterparts has been extremely rewarding because I believe our combined efforts saved lives,” said Col. Daniel Roesch, 36th Contingency Response Group commander.



    Date Taken: 10.18.2018
    Date Posted: 10.19.2018 20:32
    Story ID: 297125
    Location: BALIKPAPAN, ID 

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