By Ms. Jennifer Leigh King (AMC)November 23, 2009
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - The 3/405th Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB) recently completed a resupply operation in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. Due to recent disasters in the Pacific Rim, USAID's relief supply inventory in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, needed to be restocked.
"Our battalion maintains USAID's emergency relief supply under an interagency agreement," explained Lt. Col. (Promotable) Roger McCreery, commander of the 3/405th AFSB. "In addition to preparing USAID relief supplies for shipment directly to a disaster area, we also maintain their stocks and can ship them to the two other USAID warehouses in Dubai and Miami. In this case, because USAID had airlifted a large amount of supplies in support of relief efforts throughout the Pacific region, we sent USAID supplies from our facilities in Italy to replenish their disaster relief stockpiles in Dubai."
For this shipment, the battalion prepared 15,360 hygiene kits and 36,000 10-liter collapsible water containers for shipment.
According to information provided by Alberto Chidini, who oversees the USAID mission for the battalion, each hygiene kit includes laundry detergent, shampoo, soap, toothpaste and a toothbrush, as well as other personal hygiene supplies a family might need in the event of a disaster.
Recent disasters in the Pacific Rim include a tropical storm in the Philippines, tsunamis in Tonga, Samoa and American Samoa, an earthquake in Indonesia, flooding in Laos and a typhoon and flooding in Vietnam.
The 3/405th AFSB, which is located at Leghorn Army Depot, Italy, is responsible for the storage and maintenance of USAID emergency humanitarian assistance commodities under an interagency agreement between the U.S. Army and the U.S. State Department.