Skip to comments.Snubbed by airlines after Kuwait mission, Louisiana National Guard soldiers arrive home by bus
Posted on 06/19/2014 4:26:59 PM PDT by BBell
Soldiers in a Louisiana National Guard unit that deployed last year for a construction mission in Kuwait returned home from Texas on Wednesday, after a 15-hour bus ride that was arranged because no airline would provide a charter flight. Some of the soldiers in the 1021st Engineer Company arrived at Jackson Barracks, greeted by family and friends.
The 1021st is based in Covington and has detachments in Independence and Gonzales. The company sent 160 soldiers to Kuwait. They returned to the United States earlier this month for post-deployment training at Fort Bliss, near El Paso
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it wasn’t that the airlines didn’t want to...
they were busy ferrying the illegal alien chilluns around the country...
Crony “capitalist” (corporatist) airlines. Those are only a few among the many men that make it safe for you to fly your planes, or perhaps you would rather more of your planes used as guided missiles.
Sarge, is this near You?
I wouldn’t be surprised....0 treats illegals better than he treats our vets/troops.
But they flew the boarder crossers from Texas to Arizona.
The country I loved is virtually gone.
This story kinda reminds me of the
bus ride from Ft Lewis to the Tacoma
airport in a Army bus with heavy steel
grating on the windows to protect us
Shame the welcome home those guys got.
Stuff like this really sticks with you
For airlines in TX, this is the busiest time of the year, a fact that is reflected in higher ticket prices, and sold-out flights. Unless they booked well in advance, I suspect there are no planes available, short of bumping existing passengers off flights.
Snubbed? That word suggests a deliberate display of contempt.Is it possible that this was strictly a business decision on the part of the airlines in question? If,by chance,I’m correct on this it surely could be argued that these airlines could have gone out of their way to accommodate these soldiers but “snubbed” is a powerful word...particularly when used in connection with soldiers who’ve served in harm’s way.
Wow, more large planes are flying than ever and there was no room?
I guess they consider them more third class steerage or standby. Sad really, after all that time away.
I was lucky way back when.. Tiger Airlines .. 707 with a flame show in Anchorage, but we made it.
At least no one was lost , no easy feat considering travel these days
Paging Virgin Airlines.. Richard Branson!
FREE BONUS PR Points for a plane ride home for vets!!
Just a thought, next time.. If they’re gonna pollute,
Do it for a good cause!
Doesn’t the US Army own any airplanes?
Please don’t tell me there are no spare military airplanes. If nothing else, they could use Air Force One or whatever it was that Biden used when he went to Central America.
Considering how crammed together the seats are on most commercial airlines these days, this might have been a blessing in disguise. Give the folks returning home a chance to get some sleep before they are returned to their families.
On the other hand, it sounds more like someone did not submit the paperwork with a long enough lead time for the airlines to re-task aircraft.
It’s a damned shame we don’t have an Air Force that has transport planes.
In an imaginary world there would be C5s and C17s available.
This was a Friday night, and since I was the last guy off the bus, I had the good fortune of being put up in a decommissioned barracks all to myself.
Unfortunately, the temperature in Ft. Jackson at that time was about 30 degrees, the barracks had no electricity, no heat and no running water. Add to that the fact the supply depot had run out of blankets so all they had to offer me was three sets of sheets.
I spent my first night home in the states in a dark and cold barracks, sleeping in my Summer dress greens, trying to stay warm with 3 sheets..............
The following morning, several other guys in my unit found out where I was housed and came and got me and took me to their barracks which as it turns out, had a vacant bunk that I could have slept in that first night.......
Monday morning came, we all reported promptly to the out processing center and at about 8:30 a.m. my name was finally called and I sat down at the desk of the out processing clerk.
He gave me my paperwork, (I'm thinking great, I'm finally out of the army!) asked me to look it over to make sure all the information was correct. When I looked it over, I noticed my last name was misspelled. He then told me to go back and have a seat...........
I sat there until 2:30 PM that afternoon until I was finally called again....the paperwork was finally correct, I was given my discharge papers and returned to the barracks to gather up my stuff but not before disrobing my dress greens and throwing them in the trash and putting on civilian clothes.
I then connected with a buddy and we found a payphone in which to call an airlines to book our own flights home to our respective cities and shared a taxi to the airport...........
Nothing about the military is truly efficient but you learn to deal with it and not complain......
Yep, could be a bidding timing issue. However ... does not the United States have airlift capacity? We can't move soldiers from El Paso???
As a military mom, I would be angry. They knew well in advance when these troops would be home.
As for why they were in Kuwait...from the photo...
“, deployed more than 160 Soldiers to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to conduct vertical construction operations, including building, concrete, and plumbing and electrical systems. (Spc. Joshua Barnett, Louisiana National Guard)”
Uh, Kuwait...its been how many years since the first gulf war and they still don’t know how to build? Who built their oil wells?
maybe Pelosi could pull some strings for her old friends in new Orleans.. Have the wine coolers removed from her standby 757 and have it out fitted for troops..
She sure acts like she still has pull.
Obviously Mary landreau has none. And what up! Jindal?
Nyaaa.. But who knows.
The IRS can’t even track its own emails.
How far we have come.
Now ya know how the incas felt at the end.,
Damn global warming
Get over it!!
Don’t you know that space is for all of the illegal immigrants?
The Army’s airplanes are, by law, only two engine executive types that carry maybe a dozen or so passengers. No cargo or airliner types. only the Air Force can have the big 4 engine planes
One unit would have been going to MSY, the other to AEX and while ELP is called an International Airport, as is AEX they aren’t hub airports....hell, not even a spoke....maybe a valve stem airport. Anyhow you ain’t gettin’ from El Paso to New Orleans, or Alexandria. From Atlanta, or Dallas yup!
That said, I doubt it was an airline issue. More likely an REMF logistical clerk issue from Ft. Bliss.
Troops from my neck of the woods fly into Barksdale AFB.
Have you flown much lately? My dozen or so flights over the last 2 months have, with one exception where a 757 was substituted for a MD80, been packed.
Trying to make it look like the airlines’ fault. Nonsense.
It took the airlines many decades, but they’ve finally figured out how to fill up the human cattle car and make some dough.
Now,who is "they"? Is it the Army or the airlines in question? As I suggested earlier the airlines didn't have any legal...or even moral...obligation to the soldiers.Was it that none of the airlines were able to accommodate the Army with the proposal they were given? Too little $$$? Too little notice? Too many soldiers to accommodate at that particular time? I honestly don't know.
But I agree with you that regardless of who's "responsible" it's quite disgraceful that these soldiers were subjected to this.
Active Duty ping.
wait a second... what happened to McGuire AFB? I remember goingbthere to pick up a neighbor’s kid returning from Germany... there were transports coming and going everywhere out of there, so it seemed.
“The country I loved is virtually gone.”
Probably still there, and, based on the guns/ammo purchased by white Americans - they are preparing to deal with the troubles seen approaching.
Tiger Airlines....the plane we got off of in Anchorage refueled and headed back to Japan with military and dependents ended up crashing right after takeoff. October 1963. One of the most costly in lives air disasters in US history. We noticed one of the prop engines smoking and spewing sparks before we sat down in Anchorage coming from Midway. Our flight to Travis AFB from Anchorage on a separate aircraft was quiet. The pilot announced over the intercom what had happened to the airplane we had just disembarked and left.
Can’t belive these troops did not know how to play the game.
All one had to do at any air line was state I am gay or I am a muslim and they would have been given First Class accomodations.......