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FIRST AMERICAN AIRCRAFT LANDS IN KERMAN, IRAN
CENTCOM ^ | Dec. 28, 2003

Posted on 12/28/2003 10:05:49 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl

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December 28, 2003
Release Number: 03-12-70


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FIRST AMERICAN AIRCRAFT LANDS IN KERMAN, IRAN

COMBINED AIR OPERATIONS CENTER, QATAR: Just after midnight local time, the first American aircraft landed in Kerman, Iran, with 20 pallets of humanitarian aid destined for the earthquake-stricken residents of Bam.

Five pallets laden with such medical supplies as intravenous fluids, bandages, gauze, and surgical equipment, plus food and purified water comprised the first load of American relief support.

American airmen and Iranian soldiers worked side-by-side forming a human chain to unload the 20,000 pounds of badly needed material into waiting trucks. The supplies were then trucked into Bam a little more than 100 miles away.

In addition to the humanitarian aid, the Peoria, Ill. Air National Guard C-130 carried aerial port operations and support agency experts to assess the operational and equipment needs for follow-on aircraft. The assessments are vital because the Air Force is loading C-5 and C-17 aircraft for follow-on relief flights.

The humanitarian mission was the first American flight into Iran since the Iranian hostage crisis ended in January 1981.

Photos of the mission are available on the U.S. Central Command website at www.centcom.mil. The photos are located in the "Galleries" tab at the top of the homepage.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: american; c130; c5; centcom; champions; cjtf7; coalition; earthquake; freedom; galaxy; gnfi; goodguys; goodnews; honor; humanitarianrelief; iran; iranian; iranquake; kerman; military; mrearthquake; mrquake; peacemakers; pictures; relief; terrorism
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1 posted on 12/28/2003 10:05:49 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
This has to be wrong. Kerman is 15 miles east of Fresno.
2 posted on 12/28/2003 10:08:18 AM PST by Enterprise
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Probably a good thing that some of our Air Force folks are getting practice flying into Iran.
3 posted on 12/28/2003 10:08:27 AM PST by American Soldier
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To: DoctorZIn; nuconvert; F14 Pilot
ping
4 posted on 12/28/2003 10:08:55 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Submitting approval for the CAIR COROLLARY to GODWIN'S LAW.)
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To: MJY1288; Calpernia; Grampa Dave; anniegetyourgun; Ernest_at_the_Beach; BOBTHENAILER; ...
COMBINED AIR OPERATIONS CENTER, QATAR: Just after midnight local time, the first American aircraft landed in Kerman, Iran...Five pallets laden with such medical supplies as intravenous fluids, bandages, gauze, and surgical equipment, plus food and purified water comprised the first load of American relief support.

American airmen and Iranian soldiers worked side-by-side forming a human chain to unload the 20,000 pounds of badly needed material into waiting trucks. The supplies were then trucked into Bam a little more than 100 miles away.
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Ping for our good guys.

5 posted on 12/28/2003 10:08:55 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ( "Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth." ~ Pres. Bush, Baghdad)
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To: American Soldier
hehe!
6 posted on 12/28/2003 10:09:34 AM PST by cmsgop ( It comes out your bum,Like a bullet from a gun,.."Diarrhea, Diarrhea"...........)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
is it an F-14?
7 posted on 12/28/2003 10:11:24 AM PST by petercooper (DEAN = Democrats Experiencing Another Nightmare)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
If the Iranian military is working side by side with the Americans unloading those pallets, there must be SOME conversation. Unintended consequences could ensue, hopefully for the best.
8 posted on 12/28/2003 10:13:18 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl

9 posted on 12/28/2003 10:17:23 AM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl

10 posted on 12/28/2003 10:18:34 AM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Great post -- makes me proud to be American.
11 posted on 12/28/2003 10:19:05 AM PST by 68skylark
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To: DoctorZIn; F14 Pilot
You two might be interested in this. They started getting those supplies in pretty quick.
12 posted on 12/28/2003 10:20:30 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
Thanks for the ping
13 posted on 12/28/2003 10:21:19 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: Miss Marple
Amen sister!

You just gotta believe that is the part of the domino theory for the Middle East. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya. Now Iran is being brought into the fold by an emergency beyond their capacity to handle on their own. Quietly, respectfully, the U.S. Armed Forces and others of the U.S. are there to assist when and where assistance is needed.
14 posted on 12/28/2003 10:22:48 AM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Why are we sending aid to the Axis of Evil? Would we be doing this to North Korea, for example? I know we are a caring society, but.......
15 posted on 12/28/2003 10:25:38 AM PST by rs79bm (Insert Democratic principles and ideals here: .............this space intentionally left blank.....)
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To: Blue Jays
Good Afternoon All-

Oddly enough, once we get finished donating bandages, medicines, food, water, and the services of our best medical & search teams...we'll subsequently be referred to as "THE GREAT SATAN" by these folks and rewarded with a handful of car bombs.

I'd like to think we're helping innocent victims, but maybe I'm just a pessimist right now...

~ Blue Jays ~

16 posted on 12/28/2003 10:26:16 AM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: rs79bm; Blue Jays
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1047709/posts

Long Live Israel, Long Live America
17 posted on 12/28/2003 10:27:43 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Submitting approval for the CAIR COROLLARY to GODWIN'S LAW.)
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To: FreedomCalls
Thank you for posting the pics!
18 posted on 12/28/2003 10:28:18 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ( "Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth." ~ Pres. Bush, Baghdad)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
More pictures here
http://www.centcom.mil/galleries/showgallery.asp?gallery=photos/AID_FROM_US_TO_IRAN_12-28-03
19 posted on 12/28/2003 10:29:52 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Got any pics of the 1st French relief flight?

Oh, that's right, they only send missiles and other weaponry!!!
20 posted on 12/28/2003 10:32:47 AM PST by CTOCS
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To: All
Aircraft mentioned are C-130 (this flight), C-5, and C-17.
21 posted on 12/28/2003 10:35:16 AM PST by dighton
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl

Picture of Americans and Iranian soldiers offloading the first shipment of humanitarian aid to Iran.

There is another story on the Centcom site that says the Iranian soldiers were very nice and the Iranian commander thanked us profusely.

22 posted on 12/28/2003 10:35:33 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
A good thing. Show that America is either your best friend or worst enemy.
23 posted on 12/28/2003 10:36:32 AM PST by mikegi
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To: FreedomCalls
Is that a military chick with a shaved head? Looks to be an LT.?
24 posted on 12/28/2003 10:38:11 AM PST by BushCountry (To the last, I will grapple with Democrats. For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at Liberals.)
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To: McGavin999
I wonder what some of these soldiers thought of the women participating in this effort.
25 posted on 12/28/2003 10:38:29 AM PST by mvpel
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To: mvpel
Interesting question. Although I understand that the Iranian military is on the side of the people and that the Mullahs have had to bring in foreign thugs to protect the regime.

Under the circumstances, I think they understand that the help we are sending is for the people who are suffering a terrible tragedy. That is a city of some 200,000 people and over 60% of it is decimated. I don't think we even know how many people have been killed by the quake and there is a horrendous number of people who have been injured.

26 posted on 12/28/2003 10:41:09 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Wait for the dems to condemn the US for being tardy.
27 posted on 12/28/2003 10:43:15 AM PST by cynicom
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To: Pan_Yans Wife; rs79bm
Good Afternoon All-

Pan_Yans Wife...thanks for the inspirational thread from FreeRepublic. I'm sure if we continue to plug-away at these Islamic countries...some of them (most likely college-age students) will realize the United States isn't so bad after all.

Listening to what occurs over there sometimes puts me into a "Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out!" type of mentality.

Happy New Year & God Bless Our Troops!

~ Blue Jays ~

28 posted on 12/28/2003 10:46:45 AM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
excellent rugs..
29 posted on 12/28/2003 10:47:47 AM PST by wardaddy ("either the arabs are at your throat, or at your feet")
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Members of the Fairfax County (Va.) Urban Search and Rescue Team depart from Dover Air Force Base, Del., Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, en route to Europe and then on to Iran.
30 posted on 12/28/2003 10:48:58 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: Blue Jays
Thank you for your kind response.

America's compassion is winning hearts and minds in the Middle East... and we have President Bush's leadership to thank for that.

Many thanks to Ragtime Cowgirl for her tireless efforts of sharing the GOOD NEWS.

May God bring aid and comfort to the people of Bam.

Happy New Year to all.
31 posted on 12/28/2003 10:50:34 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Submitting approval for the CAIR COROLLARY to GODWIN'S LAW.)
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To: Blue Jays
I'd like to think we're helping innocent victims, but maybe I'm just a pessimist right now...

After the last couple of decades, we should be cautious.

But a fair percentage of Iranians have Internet connections (I don't know
about how filtered it is) and satellite TV...
and they'll see that while their government can get them a nuclear reactor
that may just spell lots of trouble, the Great Satan is the one that can help
them even when their own government is powerless.

The Iranian government has a strategy and so do we.
We may not know for years, decades which one will prevail.
32 posted on 12/28/2003 10:51:02 AM PST by VOA
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To: BushCountry
BushCountry-

No, that is a male. Visit the centcom website hyperlinked in Post# 19 for larger, clearer pictures.

~ Blue Jays ~

33 posted on 12/28/2003 10:52:02 AM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: rs79bm
yes, we are sending the majority of their food supply
34 posted on 12/28/2003 10:52:29 AM PST by americanbychoice
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Here's to our troops whether they are liberating the Iraqi's from a ruthless dictator or delivering necessary goods to the victims of an earthquake in Iran.
35 posted on 12/28/2003 10:58:14 AM PST by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: Blue Jays
I did a little too late. };O)

Then realized I stuck my foot in my mouth and didn't want to compound it. However, that being said, the small pic fooled me. I thought maybe that it was a new trend over there or something. Whew!
36 posted on 12/28/2003 10:58:44 AM PST by BushCountry (To the last, I will grapple with Democrats. For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at Liberals.)
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To: LoudRepublicangirl
"Here's to our troops whether they are liberating the Iraqi's from a ruthless dictator or delivering necessary goods to the victims of an earthquake in Iran."

I guess TIME Magazine did get it right after all (US Soldier as Person of the Year for 2003).

38 posted on 12/28/2003 11:01:18 AM PST by CatOwner
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To: boris
What a vile comment! Iranians read this site. I am going to hit the abuse button on your post.
41 posted on 12/28/2003 11:12:50 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple; All
Good afternoon, Miss Marple. (^:
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More from CENTCOM today:

COMBINED AIR OPERATIONS CENTER, QATAR

Story by Master Sergeant Jeff Bohn

At 5:41 p.m. Saturday, a United States Air Force C-130 with 15 airmen aboard took off from a desert base located in Southwest Asia to implement President Bush’s promise of assistance to the Iranian people rocked by Saturday’s pre-dawn earthquake in Bam, Iran.

In this, an international call for assistance, American forces mobilized to give aid to tens of thousands of Iran’s citizens stricken by disaster.

After a short stop in Kuwait City, Kuwait, by the Peoria, Ill. Air National Guard crew to pick up 20-thousand pounds of cargo, the C-130 and crew were headed for Iranian airspace.

Five pallets laden with such medical supplies as intravenous fluids, bandages, gauze, and surgical equipment, plus food and purified water comprised the first load of American relief support.

In addition to the cargo, there were several experts from fields of aerial port operations and support agencies to assess the operational and equipment needs for follow-on aircraft. Among them was the Col. Bret Klassen, a United States Air Force logistician and senior member of the first flight’s crew, who normally works short-term logistical issues for immediate action at the Combined Air Operations Center.

“I’m going to do some additional assessing to see what may be needed, get a review of the airfield we are going into, and see what equipment is needed,” Col. Klassen said.

Col. Klassen said the Air Force is loading C-5 and C-17 aircraft Saturday for follow-on flights and they will be awaiting his reports to ensure they can be scheduled in, have a place to ramp up and unload, and have adequate equipment available to safely unload the aircraft.

Aside from logistical elements, Col. Klassen said, “I think it’s a great opportunity to open up dialogue. It’s unfortunate that it’s under these circumstances with such a large loss of life.”

Touching down at an airport in Kerman, Iran -- about 180 kilometers from Bam – the aircraft taxied to the end of the ramp near a French-flagged Boeing 747. Aircraft of all sizes from several countries littered the flight line. French, Chinese, Russian and a host of other flagged carriers were packed into the concrete tarmac in no specific order.

Initial contact was with the Iranian military who deferred the unloading process to the civilian airport authorities. Using an Air Force linguist, the needs of the Iranians and the Americans were discussed at length with broken phrases of American English and Iranian Farsi – on both sides.

Eventually it was decided by necessity the Iranian military would unload the aircraft by hand. There was no fork lift or mechanized cargo loaders available.

Approximately 30 Iranian soldiers clad in khaki and green stood patiently in a tight military formation while a tractor-trailer truck backed a large open-topped boxed bed up to the cargo aircraft’s loading ramp. The soldiers leaped into action.

Pallets were stripped down and a joint, 45-person human chain was formed to transfer the cargo into the first and then a second waiting truck. Americans and Iranian servicemembers worked side-by-side for nearly two hours unloading all of the relief supplies.

An Iranian air force colonel looked on and made several greetings to the U.S. Air Force officers and enlisted members.

“Thank you,” the Iranian colonel said. “Thank you very much for helping.”

As the cargo was moved, smiles appeared and grins were exchanged. Many Iranian officials on the ground showed their thanks by giving many handshakes and warm greetings in broken English.

Aircraft on the ramp would finish their download and depart, seemingly replaced by another jet in short order. Then, as quickly as it had started, the soldiers were done transferring the cargo from the American plane. In a matter of minutes, the soldiers had formed up and marched off to yet another aircraft in need of off loading.

In all, the operation went well from the Air Force’s perspective.

“Overall, I think it went smoothly even though it was a short notification and not much time to coordinate with the Iranians,” Col. Klassen said. “I’m very pleased to find the Iranians were grateful for the humanitarian aid.”

Aboard the C-130, 15 Americans were weary from a long, and unexpected day. Shortly after clean up, the aircraft was airborne once again, but heading away from Iran toward home for a well-deserved rest. On the ride home some slept, others wrote, but all seemed very satisfied with a job well done; a job that is only the start of an international relief effort.   http://www.centcom.mil/CentcomNews/Stories/12_03/12.htm

42 posted on 12/28/2003 11:35:19 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ( "Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth." ~ Pres. Bush, Baghdad)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
God bless our troops!
43 posted on 12/28/2003 11:36:48 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Submitting approval for the CAIR COROLLARY to GODWIN'S LAW.)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
Amen.

Hugs to you, PYW. Hope you're having a joyful Christmas season. (^:

44 posted on 12/28/2003 11:42:16 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ( "Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth." ~ Pres. Bush, Baghdad)
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To: rs79bm
Would we be doing this to North Korea

Aid has been sent to N Kor for years. Is being sent right now.

45 posted on 12/28/2003 11:42:37 AM PST by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; Pan_Yans Wife; McGavin999; SkyPilot; Skywarner; RaceBannon; AdmSmith
Thanks to USAF~!
46 posted on 12/28/2003 11:50:13 AM PST by F14 Pilot
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To: Miss Marple
"What a vile comment! Iranians read this site. I am going to hit the abuse button on your post."

Be my guest. Evidently you did.

Please note: every Iranian who dies today is one more we will not face in battle tomorrow. Iran is on the list.

If I had said, "I think we should demolish their reactors," would you have hit the "abuse" button?

Why are we giving aid and comfort to our sworn enemies?

Would it have been OK just to ignore their earthquake and hope for a bigger one? Or send the aid to, I dunno, North Korea, which we are also going to have to take on?

War is war. It is an ugly business and if you don't have the stomach for it you are just fixing to lose.

Hit the 'abuse' button on this, you lemon-pussed prude.

--Boris

47 posted on 12/28/2003 12:02:19 PM PST by boris (The deadliest Weapon of Mass Destruction in History is a Leftist With a Word Processor)
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To: boris
From this lemon-pussed prude: You are a Class A Jerk.

The mullahs are our enemies. The Iranian people are desperate for democracy and getting rid of the mullahs. If you don't know this, you are obviously ignoring the many posts which demonstrated it, from their candlelight vigil for the USA on 9/11/2001 to their MANY demonstrations (with loss of life) against the mullahs.

And to wish a plague of AIDS upon an entire nation, and to suggest that this is what our nation should do, is vile and contemptible. Your post was flat-out evil, and I am glad it was pulled.

48 posted on 12/28/2003 12:07:46 PM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple
Oh, and who gives a flying you-know-what if IRANIANS do read this site?

Your tenderness and solicitation for the feelings of the enemies of the U.S. is truly heartwarming.

Know what? I DON'T CARE HOW IRANIANS FEEL.

--Boris

49 posted on 12/28/2003 12:08:41 PM PST by boris (The deadliest Weapon of Mass Destruction in History is a Leftist With a Word Processor)
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To: boris
Obviously. Even though there are many Iranians who are helping the US and are American citizens, even though there are a majority of Iranians who want the US to invade and rescue them, you don't care how they feel.

Bully for you.

I don't care about YOUR opinion or feelings, for you are the segment of conservatism that embarasses us all. Go pound sand.

50 posted on 12/28/2003 12:11:23 PM PST by Miss Marple
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