U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM): Pakistan Earthquake Relief

Friday October 28, 2005

USCENTCOM is headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, and is one of nine Unified Combatant Commands assigned operational control of U.S. combat forces. USCENTCOM's areas of responsibility (AOR) stretches from the Horn of Africa to Central Asia. USCENTCOM Facts can be seen on www.centcom.mil

USCENTCOM's Commander, Gen. John Abizaid, reports directly to the Secretary of Defense, who in turn, reports to the President of the United States.

- In the spirit of a long-standing friendship and Pakistan's unwavering support in the War on Terror, the United States is helping the Pakistani care for their citizens in quake-stricken regions.

- The Pakistani and U.S. Forces are working together as friendly soldiers in a friendly nation.

- The U.S. is responding to Pakistan's requests for life-sustaining logistical support, search and rescue capabilities and evacuation and medical care for the injured in a robust, forward-leaning manner.

- Resources are readily available to support major humanitarian operations simultaneously with ongoing combat operations without degrading support anywhere in the world.

- The U.S. military lift and movement capability is ready to meet the needs of this unfolding crisis and ongoing operations around the world.

- Challenges presented by weather, terrain and the sheer magnitude of this tragedy will be met by our technology, innovative planning and the professionalism and determination of our young men and women in uniform.

PAKISTAN EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE STATS

For more information, see: CENTCOM Homepage

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • MASH Unit deals with quake injuries untreated for weeks (MSS/EB)
  • 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital aids with earthquake relief (WP)
  • Dispatches: Latest news from military camps in Iraq (AJC)
  • Army medical aid en route to Pakistan (SO)
  • GAO: Equipment wear is causing readiness to decline (AT)
  • Commentary: One life lost is one too many (ARNEWS)
  • Medical professionals leave Guantanamo with new impressions (AFIS)
  • Georgia National Guard Soldier remembered as a good citizen (CNN)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Sunni Arab parties merge with anti-U.S. agenda (CSM)
  • U.S. Army sends MASH unit to mountains of northern Pakistan (NPR)
  • 17 Iraqi militia members, two police officers killed by insurgents (CNN)
  • 82nd builds security, trust (FB)
  • Iraq reconstruction effort moves forward (AFIS)
  • Soldier never questioned enlistment (DMN)
  • EC-130s support ground units in Afghanistan (DA)
  • Political parties form along tribal factions (FN)

OF INTEREST

  • Earthquake survivors face disease and rough winter (HC)
  • Saddam regime took $1.8 billion in illegal kickbacks (PPG)
  • Soldiers from 872nd Maintenance Company chose a second tour (SLT)
  • Soldier and widow win default judgment against estate of al-Qaida financier (MSNBC)
  • AP count is nine higher than Defense Department's tally (SPI)
  • International criticism over Iranian president's remarks (WP)
  • Soldiers support Pinewood derby (SO)

WORLD VIEW

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Events

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

Historically, America's Army has existed to deter enemies, and when necessary, fight and win the nation's wars. But the Army does so much more - from maintaining peace in the Balkans, to building roads in Afghanistan, to helping the new democracy in Iraq, to supporting hurricane relief; the Army serves America's interests.

Dr. Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the United States Army

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