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US Humanitarian Assistance Support to Italy

A C-130 Hercules stationed out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany delivers pallets of medical equipment to Aviano Air Base, Italy, 20 March 2020 [US Air Force: Tech. Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow]
US Army Europe delivered Humanitarian Assistance medical supplies and equipment to support the battle against COVID-19 in the Lombardy Region of Italy.

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Press Release, Wiesbaden, 25 March 2020: As part of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s Humanitarian Assistance Program, US Army Europe delivered medical supplies and equipment to support the battle against COVID-19 in the hard-hit Lombardy Region of Italy.

US Airmen on Ramstein Air Base prepare pallets of medical supplies from the 86th Medical Group warehouse before transit to Aviano Air Base, Italy [US Air Force: Airman 1st Class John R. Wright]

The Logistics Readiness Center-Italy, 405th Army Field Support Brigade, coordinated the load-out and delivery of hospital beds, mattresses, stretchers, bedside screens, adjustable IV poles, folding wheelchairs, medical cabinets, and linens from their location at US Army Camp Darby in Livorno, Italy. The delivery was conducted in coordination with the US Mission to Italy, the Italian government, and Lombardy regional authorities.

“We take this public health crisis seriously and understand how important it is to come together during this challenging time,” said Lt. Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli, Commanding General, US Army Europe. “This mission is part of our ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19 and demonstrates the US commitment to our NATO ally and the people of Italy during this crisis.”

In response to the ongoing COVID19 outbreak, an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany transported an En-Route Patient Staging System (ERPSS) to Aviano Air Base, Italy for delivery to the Italian Ministry of Defense. This mobile, or fixed system, provides 10 patient holding/staging beds and can support a maximum throughput of 40 patients in a 24-hour period [Video by Master Sgt. Roidan Carlson]

DSCA leads the development and execution of security cooperation programs which advance US national security and foreign policy objectives. The DoD Humanitarian Assistance Program, managed by DSCA, makes available non-lethal excess property, including medical equipment and supplies, for donation to foreign allies and partners in times of crisis.

A US Air Force 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron cargo deployment function technician helps load pallets of medical supplies onto a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, Germany [US Air Force: Airman 1st Class John R. Wright]
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