INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Türkiye — Two U.S. Army CH-47F Chinook helicopters delivered 40,000 pounds of humanitarian aid from Incirlik Air Base to Elbistan and Pazarcik, Türkiye, Feb. 14, 2023.
The cargo contained tents, hygiene products and diapers, which were delivered to AFAD, the Turkish relief agency.
The Chinooks are part of the 3rd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, which has conducted 10 aerial missions, totaling more than 60 flight hours since 7 Feb., to support the United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, and Turkish relief efforts to those affected by the earthquake.
The Army’s task force provides dynamic lift capabilities through three CH-47F Chinooks, six UH-60M Blackhawks, and two HH-60Ms, which is a medical evacuation version of the UH-60M Black Hawk. Each type of aircraft enables access to remote areas and affected communities.
As the Army aviation element for the U.S. military effort taking place here, the Soldiers and pilots attached to 1AD CAB are tasked with providing aviation assets in a disaster situation.
1AD CAB is part of Task Force 61/2, commanded by Brig. Gen. Andrew Priddy. TF 61/2 is responsible for overseeing Naval Force Europe’s efforts at Incirlik Air Base. The efforts by the U.S. Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, and Marines, in support of interagency partners and our Turkish Allies, directly result in providing humanitarian and disaster relief to the people of Türkiye.