STUTTGART, Germany — It's been nearly one-week since the United States began sending humanitarian aid to Republic of Georgia, after armed conflicts with Russia.
Headquarters, U.S. European Command, based in Stuttgart, Germany, is coordinating sustained airlift support essential in getting humanitarian supplies and medical supplies to the citizens of Georgia.
To date the US military has delivered over 270,000 pounds on 12 missions to Tblisi so far. The total number of pallets sent to date is 750, with more relief on the way in the coming days.
The planes are flying out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany loaded with bandages, surgical supplies and medicine as well as emergency shelters and bedding.
The joint effort between the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines is responsible for transporting over six-thousand blankets, nearly 12-thousand sheets, 580 cots, and over 17-thousand sleeping bags to Georgia.
"Here at EUCOM, we are focused on the crisis, and we're focused on delivering relief supplies to the people of Georgia in the most expeditious manner possible, both delivering supplies from Germany and coordinating follow-on relief supplies from the United States," said Navy Rear Adm. Steve Romano, EUCOM's director of Logistics and Security Assistance, during a press conference last week.
EUCOM is also coordinating the transportation of 300,000 humanitarian daily food rations, 7,000 military meals-ready-to-eat, and over two-thousand personal hygiene kits.
"We are coordinating closely with the Department of State, USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, to identify critical relief supplies in support of our mission," Romano said.
The supplies are being distributed and coordinated by the U.S. government's five Non-Governmental Organization partners on the ground, to include: Counterpart International, A Call to Serve - Georgia, International Relief and Development, Hellenicare, and United Methodist Committee on Relief. All humanitarian assistance efforts have been closely coordinated with the Georgian Government and international organizations.
The EUCOM Joint Assessment team, led by Army Brig. Gen. Jon Miller, Deputy Commander, 21st Theater Sustainment Command and commander of the 7th Army Reserve Command, arrived in Tbilisi, Aug. 18 at the request of the Republic of Georgia government. The team will conduct a deliberate and focused assessment, encompassing variables such as transportation, infrastructure, manpower and many other life support considerations.