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Little Rock welcomes China hurricane aid

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AETCNS) -- A 747 laden with 100 tons of humanitarian aid from China arrived here Sept. 7 as part of Hurricane Katrina relief operations. The relief supplies included bedding, clothes, tents and generators.

Little Rock Air Force Base is the hub for receiving international humanitarian aid for the hurricane relief efforts.

China's consul general said the shipment was a show of his people's support in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

"This was a chance to show our sympathy and support and to show that we're standing with Americans," said Hu Yeshun.

The location of Little Rock AFB and its people's airlift experience make receiving the international aid missions possible.

"We have a great location plus we have the infrastructure here at Little Rock Air Force Base. We have a huge ramp and we have people who are trained to off load planes," said Brig. Gen. Joseph M. Reheiser, 314th Airlift Wing commander. "Our airmen at Little Rock Air Force Base continuously train to move people and supplies. This life-saving effort puts our training into action by helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"Our airmen have played a vital role in this process and are working hard to provide relief to our Southern neighbors," he said.

To date, Little Rock AFB has received 17 international aid flights with more than 934 tons of relief supplies.
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