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At last, an official program to enable U.S. charities to tap directly into the U.S. military airlift system for humanitarian cargo shipments worldwide, and FREE of charge.
As modern day Knight's Templar, (Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem - SMOTJ), we seek to emulate the chivalric and charitable traditions of the original Templars; we energetically and selflessly apply ourselves to Christian charitable endeavors
We facilitate the collection, transportation and redistribution of humanitarian materials, to sustain Middle East Christian, and other Christian communities around the world under the auspices of the U.S. Denton Program's humanitarian FREE military airlift provisions
If you are a charitable organization that's been praying for an efficient, effective, and safe manner to deliver humanitarian materials and supplies worldwide, then this program may be the answer. Contact us to get started
Phase 1 consists of establishing needs followed by material collection where donor charities accumulate humanitarian materials, and store at a single location for packaging and official inspection. Next, the charity organizations will establish a Denton Amendment account to begin the application process. With the inspection complete, the goods will next be prepared for ground transport (arranged by donor organization) to a designated airport/airbase for air-shipment preparation and subsequent loading aboard a military aircraft.
Phase 2 begins with the hand-off of humanitarian goods to a certified military aerial port operation at the designated airport or airbase facility. Once entered into the airlift system, the cargo will be scheduled to be transported and transshipped by space-available military designated airlift that will deliver the cargo to its final destination. Upon arrival, the cargo will be downloaded and stored (temporarily) until the pre-designated consignee can make arrangements to take delivery of the cargo.
Phase 3 occurs in-country after the host-country customs clearances have been completed. The palletized cargo will then be broken down for upload onto the consignee’s provided transportation.
The purpose of the Denton Program is to allow U.S. based non-governmental sources to transport humanitarian aid at little or no cost to the donor, while simultaneously putting the extra space on U.S. military transport assets to good use. This program is jointly administered by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of State (DOS) and Department of Defense (DOD). Transportation is generally available to close destinations such as Latin and South America; however, the availability of transportation to particular countries is affected by current military and political situations. Transportation can neither be scheduled nor guaranteed; and therefore, cannot be used to meet urgent needs or deadlines.
The Denton Amendment (named in honor of former Navy pilot, Vietnam prisoner-of-war and Alabama senator) legislatively passed in 1987. The Denton amendment grants the Secretary of Defense the approval to delegate shipments of humanitarian supplies provided by nongovernmental organizations and nonprofit organizations to nations, without any added cost to the nation receiving supplies or the Department of Defense.
Jeremiah Denton was widely known for enduring almost eight years of grueling conditions as an American prisoner of war (POW) in North Vietnam after the A-6 Intruder he was piloting was shot down in 1965. He was the first of all American POWs held captive and released by Hanoi to step off an American plane during Operation Homecoming in February 1973. As one of the earliest and highest-ranking officers to be taken prisoner in North Vietnam, Denton was forced by his captors to participate in a 1966 televised propaganda interview which was broadcast in the United States. While answering questions and feigning trouble with the blinding television lights, Denton blinked his eyes in Morse code, spelling the word "TORTURE"—and confirming for the first time to U.S. Naval Intelligence that American POWs were being tortured.
In 1980, Denton ran for a U.S. Senate seat from his home state of Alabama. In the primary election, he achieved a surprise victory over the opposing candidate and in doing so, became the first retired Navy admiral elected to the United States Senate.
In 1981, he founded and chaired the National Forum Foundation. Through his National Forum Foundation, Denton arranged shipments of donated goods to countries in need of aid.
The Denton Program was enacted in 1985. Acting as an advisor on Latin American affairs during a communist insurgency taking place in South America, Denton noticed how poverty stricken these countries were. He made a proposal to Congress to allow non-government agencies to use available space on military airlifts to ship cargo to these countries. After Sept. 11, 2001, this included Iraq and Afghanistan as well.
Today, the Denton Program provides transportation for approved humanitarian assistance commodities destined for approved countries that are supported by DoD transportation services, and where civil systems, local infrastructure and the supply chain will support immediate onward distribution of the commodities.
Sources: Wikipedia, Joint Base Charleston Public Affiars, and OHASIS Ha-Transportation website
Weight Minimum/Maximum: 2,000 lbs./100,000 lbs. (some countries may have lower limits)
Eligible Commodities: Commodities must be humanitarian in nature, such as Agricultural Equipment, Medical Items, Educational Items, Vehicles, Canned Food, Clothing
Prohibited Commodities: Hazardous Items, Time-Sensitive Cargo, Live Cargo, Religious Items, Perishable Items, Food (if not canned), Items that do not meet a Legitimate Humanitarian Need
Applicant Responsibilities: Storage, Cargo Preparation, Local Transportation (U.S. and Destination Country), Duty-Free Clearance, Beneficiary Description and Distribution Plan, Consignee Identification
Average Application Processing Time:4-6 weeks
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