Selfridge Supports Humanitarian Mission

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  • By 2nd Lt. Anthony J. Lesterson
  • 127th Wing Public Affairs
The 127th Wing's  Aerial Port Operations section assisted in the transportation of humanitarian medical supplies to be delivered on a KC-10 aircraft to Alli Abad Teaching Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan from, Selfridge Air National Guard Base on May 4. 

The Aerial Port Airmen safely processed, packaged and loaded 5 tons of needed medical supplies and equipment on six pallets on an aircraft heading overseas to deliver medical supplies donated from the World Medical Relief Inc. (WMR) out of Detroit, Michigan. The estimated value of the donation was $240,000.

The Air Force can transport the medical supplies through the Denton Amendment, which allows military aircraft to transport civilian cargo to foreign allied countries in need of humanitarian relief as long as space permits. This gives an opportunity for empty space to be used effectively to help others at little to no cost. 

"This is a great program where private entities can donate supplies to help needy countries," said Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Consiglio, 127th Aerial Port Terminal Services supervisor. 

World Medical Relief, Inc., is a non-profit organization consisting mostly of volunteers that provides medical supplies to people without a means to care for their own well-being both locally and internationally.  The WMR goal is to relieve human suffering and to show equal value on all human life regardless of race, color, gender, religion or political beliefs. 

Chief Operating Officer of WMR, George Samson, noted that there has been a long standing relationship between Selfridge ANGB and the WMR. Samson explained how Selfridge aided material distribution when the organization first began during the Korean War. 

"Irene Auberline, the founder of the organization, arranged so that soldiers were carrying supplies over in their backpacks to South Korea to help relieve people's suffering," said Samson. Auberline, a Detroit housewife, began the organization in 1953. 

The 127th Wing has supported humanitarian efforts for many disaster relief circumstances around the world and will continue to support those allied countries in need, if possible.