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Press Release
October 13, 2005
Oregon Army Guard brings relief to Pakistan
Oregon National Guard members from D Company, 113th Aviation Regiment are supporting the earthquake relief effort in Pakistan.
U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Bayer of the Oregon Army National Guard unloads relief supplies from the rear of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a relief mission in a remote town in Northern Pakistan, Oct. 12, 2005. The U.S. Army is delivering disaster relief supplies and services as part of a multinational effort to provide aid and support to Pakistan and parts of India and Afghanistan following a devastating earthquake. Bayer is a member of D Company, 113th Aviation Battalion based out of Pendleton, Ore. He is a flight engineer stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His hometown is McMinnville, Ore. DoD photo by Spc. Christopher Admire, U.S. Army.
This release was provided by US Central Command:
"BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – More than 65 sorties have been flown in support of earthquake relief efforts in Islamabad, Pakistan since the arrival of five CH-47 Chinook and three UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from the Combined Joint Task Force-76 Monday.
The sorties carried more than 1,300 personnel and more than 155,000 pounds of relief supplies.
"The missions have ferried relief and rescue workers to remote areas near Islamabad. They have also airlifted personnel injured and displaced by the quake to medical facilities or to safer areas where shelter, food, and medical care are available.
"The bulk of the 155,000 pounds of relief supplies has consisted of food, water, medical supplies and life support items such as blankets, stoves and tools. More supplies from the CJTF-76, in Afghanistan, are scheduled to arrive soon in Pakistan. The supplies will be delivered to towns and regions north of Islamabad to include Balacot, Muzaffaab and Mansehra.
"Additional bundles of supplies will be dropped by parachute to remote locations affected by the earthquake. These bundles consist of basic items such as food, water and medical supplies.
"'We're willing and able to help our friend and partner, Pakistan,' said Brig. Gen. Jack Sterling, Combined Joint Task Force-76 Deputy Commanding General (support). 'The devastation caused by this earthquake has been felt around the world, and its toll is truly tragic in nature.'
"More recovery personnel and relief supplies are scheduled to arrive in Pakistan in the coming days.
"Media should go to  www.dvidshub.com to obtain video and photos of the support operations."
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