by Maj. Ashley Connor
JTF-505 Public Affairs
5/18/2015 - KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The
Nepal army, in partnership with Airmen from the 36th Contingency
Response Group supporting Operation Sahayogi Haat, has offloaded more
than 4 million pounds of cargo from 80 aircraft since arriving at the
Tribhuvan International Airport here May 5.
"Four million pounds of cargo is the most amount of cargo the 36th CRG
has downloaded in one disaster relief operation," said Capt. Brint
Ingersoll, 36th CRG operations officer. "Very soon we will begin to
scale back our operations on the ramp to allow the Nepal army and Nepal
airline contractors to assume all of the cargo downloads."
At the beginning of the operation the average download time was around
two to three hours depending on the type of aircraft. Almost two weeks
into the operation, the 36th CRG has been able to cut the download time
for most aircraft in half, averaging 974 pounds of cargo downloaded
every minute. Once downloaded, humanitarian aid is sent out to the
villages or to the distribution center the same day it arrives in Nepal
thereby avoiding any congestion at the airfield.
The 36th CRG, under Joint Task Force-505, is a 42-person team that
represents more than 20 Air Force career fields needed to extend air
mobility in support of disaster relief missions in nearly any type of