News | Sept. 7, 2021

DLA supports Operation Allies Welcome

By Dawn Bonsell, DLA Distribution Public Affairs

The Defense Logistics Agency is providing humanitarian assistance supplies in support of U.S. Northern Command’s Operation Allies Welcome, the mission to evacuate Afghan refugees as part of ongoing efforts across the federal government, now led by the Department of Homeland Security. DLA Distribution began sending humanitarian aid materials to help resettle vulnerable Afghans, Aug. 24. 

“DLA Distribution is proud to work alongside our federal partners, as part of our nation’s moral obligation to help those who have helped us,” said Air Force Col. Todd A. Walker, director, DLA Distribution current operations.

DLA Distribution Susquehanna in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, and DLA Distribution Bahrain sent over 5000 blankets, over 2000 cots, 90 tents and 150 light kits and 100 boxes of emergency light sticks to Kuwait in support of Operation Allies Welcome. 

DDSP also sent over 3,000 cots to the 1,800 evacuees in Rota, Spain and COVID-19 personal protective equipment supplies including gowns, face shields, masks, gloves and COVID-19 test kits to Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, New Jersey and Philadelphia International Airport.

DLA Distribution Europe in Germersheim, Germany, has sent over 3,400 cots, over 600 boxes of N95 masks, 873 containers of water and over 570 cases of hand sanitizer for the 12,000 refugees arriving in Ramstein, Germany.  In addition, the Germersheim based distribution center sent 250 boxes of masks to Baumholder, Germany, and over 8,000 cases of heat and serve meal kits to Grafenwoehr, Camp Bondsteel, Ramstein and Hohenfels, Germany. DLA Distribution Sigonella, Italy, provided over 152 cases of bottled water for the 2,500 evacuees arriving at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy.