STUTTGART, GERMANY - A U.S. Air Force C-130 loaded with more than 10 tons of medical supplies arrived in Vladikavkaz, Russia, Sept. 8, as part of the humanitarian response to the recent terrorist acts at the school in Beslan.
The delivery of surgical supplies and burn dressing kits, designed to support 500 trauma cases, were released to Russian Ministry of Health officials from United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot stocks in Brindisi, Italy.
The drugs and equipment delivered Sept. 8, valued at more than $74,000, follows more than $590,000 of medical equipment sent by the Defense Department, in coordination with other government agencies, to support Russia's efforts to deal with the aftermath of the tragic hostage-taking incident which claimed more than 300 lives. Many of those were children.
On Sept. 6, two other C-130s from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, delivered more than 34,000 pounds of medical equipment and supplies to Valdikavkaz. That shipment, including clinical chemistry analyzers, an EKG unit, blood gas analyzers, portable X-ray systems, as well as burn dressings, antibiotics and other medical supplies, came from U.S. Army Medical Materiel Center Europe stocks in Pirmasens, Germany.
The humanitarian effort, coordinated by the U.S. European Command here, was in response to requests by the Russian government after the U.S. offered humanitarian assistance, said Col. Edward Huycke, U.S. EUCOM command surgeon.
"The Russian Government made very specific requests through the U.S. State Department, so we were able to quickly respond by providing medicines, equipment and supplies that would have the greatest impact in relieving suffering," said Huycke.