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NEWS | April 4, 2012

Contributing clean water "Port Dawg" style

By Capt. Omar Johnson 437th Aerial Port Squadron cargo operations flight commander

The 437th Aerial Port Squadron's "Port Dawgs" are renowned for their confidence and ability in getting the job done. They take pride in taking care of each other and also lending a helping hand. Recently, they pitched in to help provide clean water to people in South America and Africa when they volunteered to assist Water Missions International, a non-profit organization, during their annual Walk for Water fundraiser March 24.

The fundraiser, held in downtown Charleston, raised $205,000. More than 2,361 walkers and 166 teams participated in the event. The money raised enabled Water Missions International to purchase water purification systems for more than eight communities in South America and Africa, providing 25,000 people with clean, safe water.

The Port Dawgs began their work with Water Missions International during last year's Operational Readiness Inspection. Thirty-five members of the squadron's ORI deployers participated in a team-building exercise by helping Water Missions International build several water purification systems. The systems were sent to Honduras and several African locations.

The Port Dawgs helped Water Missions International triple their output for that quarter, sending 16 water systems to Kenya and Honduras - enhancing the lives of 50,000 people who now have clean water.

If you are interested in learning more about Water Missions International, go to