USAID relief supplies loaded on C-130
An Airman with the 435th Air Mobility Squadron from Ramstein Air Base Germany loads blankets tarps and water containers onto C-130 aircraft in Pisa Italy March 4 2011. The aircraft flew the supplies to Tunisia as part of the U.S. government's efforts with

LEGHORN ARMY DEPOT, Italy, April 25, 2011 -- The 405th Army Field Support Battalion-Italy prepared a shipment of humanitarian aid supplies in support of a U.S. Agency for International Development Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance mission to Libya Apr. 18, 2011.

"OFDA (Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance) contacted us over the weekend and requested supplies in support of Libyan people who have been displaced by the recent violence in the country," said Alberto Chidini, the host nation executive adviser and program manager for the USAID mission at the battalion.

The battalion immediately prepared a shipment of 2,000 blankets, 1,056 personal hygiene kits and 2,400 collapsible water containers for shipment to the International Medical Corps at Benghazi, Libya.

"Within 36 hours, we had the entire shipment prepared, packed and loaded onto a commercial truck for shipment," said Lt. Col. Richard Pierce, commander of the 405th AFSBn-Italy. "We are always prepared for immediate response to humanitarian aid missions."

Once customs clearance is received, the battalion will transport the supplies via truck to Vatry Airport in France, where they will be flown to Libya via commercial aircraft.

The 405th AFSBn-Italy is responsible for the storage and maintenance of USAID emergency humanitarian assistance commodities under an interagency agreement between the Army and the U.S. State Department. The battalion has a long working relationship with OFDA, previously having shipped supplies to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Philippines and Haiti, among others.

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