SECKENHEIM, GERMANY - The 3rd Battalion of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade, headquartered at Leghorn Army Depot on Camp Darby, Italy, answered an urgent call from the U.S. Agency for International Development to prepare humanitarian supplies for shipment to Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.

Upon request from USAID, the battalion prepared 2,256 hygiene kits and 4,000 wool blankets for immediate distribution to the crisis region. The 3/405th AFSB is responsible for the storage and maintenance of USAID humanitarian supplies under an interagency agreement between the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Army.

Col. Jack Haley, the commander of the 405th AFSB, commented on the battalion's responsiveness in support of the crisis in the Republic of Georgia.

"Our battalion in Italy can quickly support missions on a far reaching international scale and assist people in need thousands of miles away," he said.

The Camp Darby Italian base commander Col. Raffaele Iubini added that support to humanitarian aid missions is one of the most important and far reaching missions for Camp Darby.

"We have the ability to respond rapidly due to the excellent infrastructure and coordination between U.S. and Italian military structures, and that makes a huge difference for those waiting on the aid," Iubini said.

The humanitarian supplies departed Italy via a U.S. European Command airlift Aug. 18.

According to the USAID website, United Nations agencies estimate that up to 70,000 people are displaced within the Republic of Georgia and as many as 30,000 people may be displaced in Russia.