Awards for Americans Who Participated in Quake Rescue

Washington, DC: Recognizing the outstanding contribution of Americans to the relief efforts in the wake of last year's mammoth earthquake in Pakistan, President Pervez Musharraf conferred Sitara-e-Eisaar and Tamgha-e-Eisaar on individuals and business companies at an impressive investiture ceremony at the Pakistan Embassy here.
The recipients of the awards included US defense personnel, Pakistani Americans, USAID officials, medical professionals, NGOs, philanthropists, citizens and heads of business companies, whose efforts made it possible to reach out to the quake-hit people in Pakistan's worst natural disaster.
Paying tributes to the American men and women, who sacrificed their comfort for mitigating the sufferings of the quake survivors, the president said their services and commitment to duty not only made America proud of them but also left indelible imprints on the minds of the Pakistani people.
He recalled the widespread devastation caused by the Oct 8 tragedy and said American Chinook helicopters became a symbol of relief transport in the remote mountainous areas.
These were the people who left their homes to take care of those left shelterless in the wake of the quake that left 73,000 people dead, and an equal number injured.
President Musharraf especially praised the American combined medical response team hospital, and said it looked after a number of injured people in their hour of distress.
He thanked US President W Bush who galvanized his nation into reaching out to the quake survivors and helping Pakistan in its hour of need.
He invited all donors to visit the quake-hit areas next month to see what Pakistan has done for the survivors with the financial assistance of the global community. The gathering, including State Department officials, American citizens and heads of companies, warmly appreciated President Musahrraf's acknowledgement of their tireless efforts. Two children received awards on behalf of the unsung heroes amidst a prolonged applause.
Those who received the Sitara-e-Eisaar award included: US Combined Disaster Assistance Center’s (in Pakistan) Rear Admiral Michael LeFever in his capacity as head of the center on behalf of the Combined Disaster Assistance Center in Pakistan; Lisa Chiles, former Mission Director of USAID Pakistan on behalf of USAID Pakistan; Jef Immelt, chairman and CEO of the General Electric Company (Appointed by President Bush to mobilize private sector donations for earthquake relief); Hank MeKinnell, Jr. former chairman and CEO of Pfizer, Inc. (appointed by President Bush to mobilize private sector donations for earthquake relief); Sandy Weill, chairman of Citigroup, Inc. (appointed by President Bush to mobilize private sector donations for earthquake relief); Anne Mulcahy, chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation (appointed by President Bush to mobilize private sector donations for earthquake relief); Jim Kelly, former chairman and CEO of United Parcel Service of America, Inc.; Pakistani-American community/Pakistani-American organizations and individuals (the award will be received by a person to be named by the embassy); and American organizations/individuals (the award will be received by a person to be identified by the embassy).
The recipients of the Sitara-e-Eisaar award included: Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) on behalf of the OFDA by William Berger, Regional Adviser based in Nepal; Chinooks (helicopters that earned the name of Angels of Mercy), to be received by a nominee of the US Department of Defense); SEABEES (USA Navy combat troops and construction workers), to be received by a nominee of US the Department of Defense); and MASH; Combined Medical Response Team Hospital (Marine Corps),
Those who received the Sitara-e-Eisaar award included: American Red Cross - International response fund; International Rescue Committee; Mercy Corps; Save the Children; Eli Lilly and Company; Parke Davis; Pepsi Co.; The Coca Cola Company; Pfizer Inc.; United Parcel Services; Adventist Department and Relief Agency (ADRA) International; AmeriCares; Brother's Brother Foundation; CARE USA; Catholic Relief Services; Doctors Without Borders; Hidaya Foundation; Islamic Relief USA; and World Vision.


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