Friday, December 21, 2012

Buckley assists in humanitarian delivery

by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson
460th Space Wing Public Affairs

12/18/2012 - 12/14/2012 - BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - -- Team Buckley provided humanitarian assistance to those in need, Dec. 14, by participating in the Denton Program.

The Denton Program permits the Department of Defense to provide transportation of privately donated cargo to foreign countries using military transportation on a space-available basis.
Col. Robert Uemura, 460th Mission Support Group commander, Maj. John Gustafson the 460th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, and 460th LRS members loaded a C-130J Hercules aircraft from the 317th Airlift Group, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, with humanitarian supplies for Afghan citizens.

Today it's primarily clothing, medical equipment and supplies we will be providing to the Afghanistan population, said Uemura.

Isabellas Little Miracles LLC, Casper, Wyo., donated 17,900 pounds of household goods, clothing, shoes, hospital beds and crutches.

"The poor in Kabul and surrounding areas cannot afford to purchase new items and thus these items are given free of charge," said Andrew Mills, 460th LRS airlift operations supervisor.

The items donated will help an estimated 4,000 people in need in Kabul, Afghanistan and surrounding areas.

"This is one of those rare opportunities that we are able to provide that support here at Buckley Air Force Base," said Uemura. "We only do this about twice a year but we're one of the few bases in Air Force Space Command that provides this service."

Four pallets of cargo were loaded on to the aircraft at sunrise on the flight line.

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