LEGHORN ARMY DEPOT, Italy — The 3/405th AFSB has shipped more humanitarian aid supplies to Haiti at the request of the U.S. Agency for International Development. USAID requested that the battalion ship 4,000 rolls of plastic sheeting via various transportation routes to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
"This particular request from USAID was incredibly challenging due to the complicated transportation issues," said Alberto Chidini, who oversees the USAID mission for the battalion. "The plans changed several times during the packing of the supplies; however, because our employees can react quickly to changes, we were able to keep the loading and transportation time to a minimum, guaranteeing that those in need received the material as quickly as possible."
The first partial shipment of 2,000 rolls of plastic sheeting was transported from Leghorn Army Depot to the Pisa International Airport via eight trucks. Delivery was completed to Port-au-Prince by airplane via the Dominican Republic. The remaining portion of the first shipment was delivered by two trucks to Milano Malpensa airport for delivery to Haiti.
The second partial shipment was delivered by several different avenues. The first shipment of 240 rolls of plastic sheeting was delivered to Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, via truck. The second shipment of 40 rolls was delivered by truck to Milano Linate Airport, and the final shipment of 1,720 rolls was delivered by truck to the Pisa International Airport. All flights were routed to Port-au-Prince via the Dominican Republic.
The battalion's ability to rapidly execute missions such as this makes its relationship with USAID ideal. USAID frequently needs materiel moved on short notice, and the battalion is well-equipped to quickly answer USAID's request.
"We have a tremendously talented workforce here at the battalion," said Lt. Col. (Promotable) Roger McCreery, commander of the 3/405th AFSB. "Our host nation employees are incredibly efficient and extremely experienced in these operations, and their ability to perform with such short notice is an invaluable asset to our organization. Their dedication to our mission is a primary reason for our success."
The 3/405th AFSB is responsible for the storage and maintenance of USAID emergency humanitarian assistance commodities under an interagency agreement between the U.S. Army and the U.S. State Department. This is the third shipment of humanitarian aid supplies that the battalion has shipped in support of the humanitarian relief effort in Haiti.