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February 13, 2003

MCLB Albany-- Here's something you probably didn't know about the base. If there is a war in Iraq, people right here will help coordinate humanitarian assistance efforts to help the people of Iraq recover.

A year and a half ago, the Department of Defense moved its Humanitarian Assistance Excess Property Program to MCLB. Workers here collect all sorts of used or surplus government property and get it ready to ship throughout the world to help with redevelopment or disaster relief.

"Excess property such as medical supplies, school supplies, vehicles, textiles, carpentry equipment, blankets, sleeping bags, you name it,” said Program Director Bill Lane. “Anything that's excess to their needs, this is the means of turning it in. And that's where this program comes into play."

Workers here primarily serve Central and South America, but they have helped in many other countries including Afghanistan. In fact, even musical instruments are headed to schools there.

posted at 4:00PM by dave.miller@walb.com