USAID restocks aid warehouses at 3rd Bn., 405th AFSB

By Jennifer L. King
405th Army Field Support Brigade Public Affairs Officer

Photo by Joyce Costello
USAG Livorno Public Affairs

LEGHORN ARMY DEPOT, Italy – The 3rd Battalion, 405th Army Field Support Brigade completed the receipt of 58,500 wool blankets and 24,000 10-liter collapsible water containers from the U.S. Agency for International Development Jan. 20 to assist in restocking the battalion’s warehouses of humanitarian aid supplies Jan. 20.

We were in desperate need of this shipment of supplies,” said Alberto Chidini, who manages the humanitarian aid program for the battalion. “Our supplies have been almost completely exhausted by the recent disasters in Haiti and Pakistan.”

Previously, the battalion received 15 10,000-liter water bladders and eight water purification systems as part of the warehouse restock.

Under an interagency agreement with the U.S. State Department and the Army, the battalion is responsible for the storage and maintenance of humanitarian aid supplies for USAID. Upon request, the battalion loads and ships the supplies to disaster zones as specified by USAID.

“These shipments are some of many in the near future that we expect from USAID,” said Lt. Col. Richard Pierce, the commander of 3rd Bn., 405th AFSB. “The battalion is fully prepared to receive, maintain and distribute the humanitarian supplies worldwide as needed for USAID.”