• KULOB, Tajikistan - Servicemembers use a forklift to unload tents from a C-17 Globemaster on an airfrield near Kulob, Tajikistan as part of a mission to provide shelter to displaced citizens due to recent floods.  Soldiers of Third Army, in cooperation with the 21st Airlift Squadron of Travis Air Force Base, CA, delivered over $250,000 dollars worth of tents in part of a call for international assistance by the Tajikistan government.  (Photo by Dominic Hauser, Civil Military Operations Center).

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    KULOB, Tajikistan - Servicemembers use a forklift to unload tents from a C-17 Globemaster on an airfrield near Kulob, Tajikistan as part of a mission to provide shelter to displaced citizens due to recent floods. Soldiers of Third Army, in cooperation...

  • KULOB, Tajikistan --Pallets full of tents headed to help displaced victims of the flooded areas around Kulob, Tajikistan, are loaded into the back of a C-17 Globemaster at an airfield in Kuwait May 16.  The U.S. aid, part of Tajikistan's call for international assistance, was delivered by Soldiers attached to Third Army in cooperation with the 21st Airlift Squadron from Travis Air force Base, CA.  (Photo by Cpl. Brandon Babbitt, 203rd Public Affairs Detachment).

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    KULOB, Tajikistan --Pallets full of tents headed to help displaced victims of the flooded areas around Kulob, Tajikistan, are loaded into the back of a C-17 Globemaster at an airfield in Kuwait May 16. The U.S. aid, part of Tajikistan's call for...

  • KULOB, Tajikstan-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.  (Photo by Cpl. Brandon Babbitt, 203rd Public Affairs Detachment.)

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    KULOB, Tajikstan-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...

  • KULOB, TAJIKISTAN-Loadmasters with the 21st Airlift Squadron push a pallet full of tents out the back of a C-17 Globemaster at an airfield near Kulob, Tajikistan May 16.  The tents, delivered by Third Army Soldiers, were in response to Tajikistan's call for international help after floods killed 22 people, and are part of a U.S. effort to bring assistance while building upon relationships in the region.  (Photo by Dominic Hauser, Civil Military Operations Center).

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    KULOB, TAJIKISTAN-Loadmasters with the 21st Airlift Squadron push a pallet full of tents out the back of a C-17 Globemaster at an airfield near Kulob, Tajikistan May 16. The tents, delivered by Third Army Soldiers, were in response to Tajikistan's...

  • KULOB, Tajikistan--Spc. Saliyev Djamoliddin (left), a Third Army Soldier and native of Tajikistan, converses with a member of the Tajikistan Army at Kulob, Tajikistan May 16.  Djamoliddin expressed his pleasure with being able to come back to his home country and make a difference as a member of Third Army while helping the flood victims of Tajikistan.  (Photo by Staff Sgt. Dominic Hauser, Civil Military Operations Center).

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    KULOB, Tajikistan--Spc. Saliyev Djamoliddin (left), a Third Army Soldier and native of Tajikistan, converses with a member of the Tajikistan Army at Kulob, Tajikistan May 16. Djamoliddin expressed his pleasure with being able to come back to his home...

  • KULOB, Tajikistan -- Young soldiers in the Tajikistan Army look out the back of a truck as a pallet full of tents and covered with an American flag passes by.  Third Army Soldiers delivered over $250,000 worth of tents to Kulob, Tajikistan while answering the nation's call for help due to recent floods.  (Photo by Dominic Hauser, Civil Military Operations Center).

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    KULOB, Tajikistan -- Young soldiers in the Tajikistan Army look out the back of a truck as a pallet full of tents and covered with an American flag passes by. Third Army Soldiers delivered over $250,000 worth of tents to Kulob, Tajikistan while...

  • KULOB, Tajikistan--A pallet wrapped in an American flag full of tents is unloaded at an airfield near Kulob, Tajikistan May 16. The tents, part of U.S. aid to the flooded nation, were delivered to Tajikistan by Soldiers of Third Army and flown in via a C-17 Globemaster of the 21st Airlift Squadron. (Photo by Dominic Hauser, Civil Military Operations Center).

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    KULOB, Tajikistan--A pallet wrapped in an American flag full of tents is unloaded at an airfield near Kulob, Tajikistan May 16. The tents, part of U.S. aid to the flooded nation, were delivered to Tajikistan by Soldiers of Third Army and flown in via a...

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 on 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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