NEWS | May 20, 2020

Joint Base Charleston delivers Russia bound ventilators

By Michael Dukes 315th Airlift Wing

A Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina C-17 Globemaster III, today, picked up 50 USAID-provided ventilators at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. and delivered them to Dover Air Force Base, Maryland. The mission is the first leg of a USAID mission to deliver 200 ventilators this month to Moscow.

“The military is providing transportation to take this important equipment into Russia to help the people of Russia while they battle COVID-19,” Said Lt. Col. Susan Gordon, 701 AS pilot and aircraft commander.

“USAID is delivering ventilators to Russia because, right now, Russia is number two in the world as far as confirmed cases, and number one in Europe,” said Brock Bierman, United States Agency for International Development Assistant Administrator.

“Right now, Russia needs these ventilators to help the Russian people and to help save lives,” Bierman said. 

He said USAID’s response to COVID-19 is about helping countries all over the world.

USAID’s main mission is to create partners in the world community that ensure that we actually have partners, moving ahead, that help other people in need,” said Brock Bierman, United States Agency for International Development Assistant Administrator.

“The United States is always there to help countries – specifically when we are facing a world-wide pandemic,” Bierman added.  “There’s never been a more important time for us to come together, not just as two countries but as nations around the world.”

USAID leads the U.S. government's international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises and progress beyond assistance.