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megimoo
01-20-2010, 12:42 PM
U.S. Air Force drops 55,000 pounds of food, water into Haiti.

"America Always Knows How To Do It Better !"

"We're going to put things directly out of the air onto the ground and open up another distribution point north of the [Port-au-Prince] airfield."


A C-17 cargo plane drops provisions just north of the Port-au-Prince airport Monday.

* 40 pallets with bottled water and Meals, Ready-to-Eat, dropped on a field just north airport

* First airdrop of humanitarian supplies by the U.S. military into Haiti since quake
* Mission was success says U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Leon Strickland

ONBOARD AN AIR FORCE C-17 OVER HAITI (CNN) -- Bypassing the gridlock of Haiti's main airport and congestion of roadways in the earthquake-ravaged country, the U.S. military delivered badly needed food and water on Monday by parachute.

A C-17 cargo plane left Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina shortly after noon, and three hours later dropped 40 pallets -- or "bundles" as the Air Force refers to them as -- holding bottled water and Meals, Ready-to-Eat, or MREs, on a field just north of the Port-au-Prince airport in Haiti.

It was the first airdrop of humanitarian supplies by the U.S. military into Haiti since the deadly earthquake there nearly a week ago.

"There are so many relief agencies funneling through the airport that it has kind of created a bottleneck," U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Leon Strickland told CNN en route to the drop point.

"We're going to put things directly out of the air onto the ground and open up another distribution point north of the [Port-au-Prince] airfield."

The mission came just three days after Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters at the Pentagon that he thought such airdrops would pose serious problems, especially with crowd control.



http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/01/18/haiti.airdrop/index.html

Apache
01-20-2010, 12:57 PM
The mission came just three days after Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters at the Pentagon that he thought such airdrops would pose serious problems, especially with crowd control.
So you thin out the crowds by starving them in one place that can't get the supplies out...gotcha :rolleyes:

djones520
01-20-2010, 01:03 PM
We took point on that one! 618 TACC ftw!

noonwitch
01-20-2010, 03:36 PM
I saw footage of an american rescue crew (civilians, not military) pulling someone out of the rubble, while the crowd around was cheering "USA, USA". I think it was a fire and rescue team from some american town or city's FD.


Our military is great at delivering humanitarian aid, among other things. Hopefully, the private sector/charities will be able to continue the aid without military assistance once the immediate crisis has abated.