International aid flights arrive at Little Rock AFB
/ Published October 16, 2006
LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AETCNS) -- More than 30 international aid flights have landed here, the hub for all international aid going to help Hurricane Katrina victims.
More than 94 countries and international organizations have offered aid for the hurricane victims, according to a State Department spokesman.
Since Sept. 5, Belgium, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Israel, Italy, Russia, Spain, Tunisia, Thailand, and the United Kingdom have all landed here bearing needed supplies and aid. The international effort brought people and supplies like generators, meals ready to eat, water, baby food, tents, medical supplies, blankets, and water pumps/purifiers.
"When you talk about the numbers of nations that have contributed here and the miles of oceans they had to cross, we are one of the luckiest nations in terms of partnerships," said Brig. Gen. Kip L. Self, 314th Airlift Wing commander. "This is all about taking care of people."
As of Sept. 11, the base has received more than 1,155 tons of cargo and is expected to receive an additional 76 tons in the next few days, officials said.
"We take pride in knowing we're helping take care of the citizens of this great country we share." General Self said. "By working with other nations, other services and other agencies within our government we take pride in knowing we're helping during this time of need."
A constant flow of contracted tractor-trailer trucks are arriving at the base to transport the international aid to the Gulf Coast.
Additionally, the base has flown 31 C-130 relief support missions and deployed 36 Airmen in support of Joint Task Force-Katrina.
Little Rock Air Force Base continues to train aircrews from all branches of the military and 28 allied nations on the C-130 Hercules aircraft, while serving as the hub of international relief.
More international aid flights from Austria, Denmark, India, NATO, Russia, and Sweden are tentatively set to arrive in the next few days.