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U.S. Airlift Delivers Aid to People of Nepal

From a Joint Task Force 505 News Release

KATHMANDU, Nepal, May 17, 2015 – Joint Task Force 505 continues its commitment to Nepal by conducting humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations, JTF 505 officials said today.

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U.S. Marines from Joint Task Force 505 load relief supplies from the United States Agency for International Development onto a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, May 17. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Hernan Vidana

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“The United States Military will remain committed to our mission here in Nepal,” said Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John E. Wissler, JTF 505 commander. “We will continue to stand with Nepal as long as our friends need our help.”

Yesterday, more than 17,000 pounds of supplies were delivered to those in need. As of May 17, JTF 505 helicopter and tilt rotor assets have distributed approximately 201,000 pounds of relief supplies to the people of Nepal, to include plastic sheeting, shelter kits, blankets, water, medical supplies and supplemental and emergency food.

The current fleet of U.S military capabilities deployed to Nepal includes U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey helicopters, MV-22B Ospreys, KC-130J Hercules, the U.S. Air Force’s 36th Contingency Response Group, and U.S. Air Force C-130H and C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, as well as various ground and aviation command and control assets.

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Marine Corps Lt. Gen John E. Wissler

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