TBILISI, Georgia — Members of the European Command Joint Assessment Team (EJAT), working with the government of Georgia; the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi; U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); and the World Vision program were able to support USAID's requirements for cots for a shelter here and ensured delivery within 48 hours of discovery.
"Our primary mission right now is, at the request of the government of Georgia, to support the State Department and USAID in their efforts to deliver humanitarian aid during this crisis," said Brig. Gen. Jon Miller, Commander, European Command Joint Assessment Team. "In the case of these cots, USAID quickly identified a need that we were able to respond to. It's gratifying to see how seamless we can work with agency and government partners to alleviate some of the hardship and suffering of the people of Georgia."
The two full pallets of cots were air-lifted to Tbilisi International Airport on Aug. 23, 2008 from Ramstein Air Base in Germany and ultimately delivered to the Old Forestry Individual Displaced Persons (IDP) building the next day by the World Vision Program.
The humanitarian assistance effort in Georgia is being coordinated by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, with support from the Department of Defense.