ROCK ISLAND, Ill.-The 3rd Battalion, 405th Army Field Support Brigade completed a resupply operation in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development's U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance May 28. The battalion shipped 1,000 rolls of plastic sheeting to USAID's Dubai warehouse in preparation for future natural disaster response.

"Our battalion maintains USAID's emergency relief supplies under an interagency agreement," explained Col. Roger McCreery, the commander of the 3rd Battalion. "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 as needed."

The battalion is uniquely situated to support missions such as this because of its easy access to rail, water and air transportation.

"In this instance, we utilized water transportation to ship the plastic sheeting to Dubai," said Alberto Chidini, who oversees the humanitarian aid operations for the battalion. "We loaded the rolls of plastic sheeting into 40-foot containers and then transported the containers by truck to the Port of Livorno for water transshipment."

The 3rd Bn., 405th AFSB 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.

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