BOEBLINGEN, Germany — The first of approximately 8,000 military cots arrived Aug. 26, 2008 in the Republic of Georgia as part of the U.S. European Command's humanitarian aid effort for displaced residents following the violence that erupted there earlier this month.
U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe sourced the cots from pre-positioned stock piles located in Norway, and U.S. Navy assistance in transporting them will continue over the next few days.
"As one of the smallest component service headquarters in the European theater, we are pleased to be in a position to supply items in support of this humanitarian assistance operation," said Marine Lt. Col. Donald E. Gray, assistant chief of staff, logistics, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Europe.
"We will continue supporting the European Command in enhancing transatlantic relationships while responding to humanitarian needs," Gray said.
The stock pile, Marine Corps Pre-positioning Program - Norway, is the Marine Corps' only land-based pre-positioning program. The program consists of Marine Corps equipment and ordnance stored in six caves in central Norway. The MCPP-N program provides equipment and supplies to a brigade level Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
While the mission has transformed from the cold war, the justification for forward deploying pre-positioned equipment and supplies is validated by its use by all geographic combatant commanders.
Pre-positioning of Marine Corps assets maintains the ability to meet security reinforcement of Norway and NATO, while supporting operations and exercises worldwide. MCPP-N equipment currently supports Global War on Terrorism operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and stands prepared to respond to situations like those in the Republic of Georgia.
This is truly a joint effort that reflects the hard work and contributions of several Department of Defense components, DoD agencies, and USAID working together to meet the mission.