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Airmen help with Baby Noor evacuation (Hanky follow up)
Air Force Links ^ | Dec 30, 2005 | Capt. Michael G. Johnson

Posted on 12/30/2005 5:34:57 PM PST by SandRat

12/30/2005 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- The C-130 Hercules aircraft here have routinely hauled more than one million troops and 76,000 tons of cargo in and out of Iraq.

But today the mission was not routine.

At about 4 p.m., a C-130 from the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing touched down here carrying Baby Noor, her father and grandmother on their way to the United States for medical treatment.

Baby Noor was born with spina bifida and was given one month to live by doctors in Iraq, said Maya Dietz, vice consul for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Georgia National Guardsmen found the baby during operations in the Abu Gharib neighborhood of Baghdad. While the troops were searching the house, the baby’s grandmother took the infant to the Soldiers and asked for their help, Ms. Dietz said.

The guardsmen contacted their congressional representatives and formed an elaborate coalition of humanitarian assistance. A surgeon in Atlanta offered his services free. The commercial flights to the United States were donated by airlines and a non-profit organization in Atlanta will pick up the additional costs for the trip.

U.S. Embassy officials met the family and took them to a local civilian airport.

The C-130 crew on this mission was from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, and originally had the day off.

“We weren’t scheduled to fly, so to get alerted to fly something like this is pretty darn satisfying,” said co-pilot Capt. Raul Ochoa of the 738th Expeditionary Air Squadron. “We’ve had the opportunity to take part in a lot of missions but this is probably the most rewarding.”

The crew flew 71 troops and their gear into Iraq and flew Baby Noor and her family out.

“We’re just fortunate to be able to fly them out, it was an honor,” said pilot Capt. Craig Hinkley. “I’ve never done a humanitarian mission quite like this.”

U.S. Embassy officials in Kuwait coordinated with the Kuwaiti minister of interior to allow a smooth passage to the U.S.

“They were very helpful, allowing these three Iraqis to transit though without visas,” said Charles Glatz, a consul at the embassy.

While the story of Baby Noor now moves to the United States, members of the aircrew won’t soon forget the flight.

“[This was] one of the best missions I’ve ever done,” said loadmaster Tech. Sgt. Dave Rea. “It’s not often we get to help someone like that.”

Flight engineer Tech. Sgt. Bill Thomas summed it up best.

“[This flight] makes it worth getting up in the morning,” he said. “I was pretty excited to do something this important.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; US: Georgia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airmen; baby; babynoor; evacuation; georgia; help; iraq; iraqichildren; noor; with

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Baby Noor's grandmother and father take the infant, who has spina bifeda, from a 386th Air Expeditionary Wing C-130 Hercules to awaiting transportation. Officials from the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait met the family and escorted them to a civilian airport, from where the Iraqi family will continue their journey to the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Getsy)
1 posted on 12/30/2005 5:34:59 PM PST by SandRat
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2 posted on 12/30/2005 5:35:43 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Prayers for Noor.


3 posted on 12/30/2005 5:38:52 PM PST by bluesagewoman
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To: SandRat
Our military is awesome!

Prayer heavenward for baby Noor.

4 posted on 12/30/2005 5:43:26 PM PST by mrs tiggywinkle
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To: SandRat

I believe that "Noor" means "light." Let us hope that the magnanimity of the US military and the American people will be a light to the people of Iraq and to their religion.


5 posted on 12/30/2005 5:45:51 PM PST by Capriole (I don't have any problems that can't be solved by more chocolate or more ammunition.)
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To: SandRat

FNC followed the story for quite a while today. There was a soldier holding the baby and giving her her bottle. I melted right into the floor.


6 posted on 12/30/2005 5:52:30 PM PST by Bahbah (A known Snow Flake)
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To: SandRat

I remember other articles on Baby Noor. It was the granny who boldly approached the guardsmen with the child while the rest of the family was cowering in a corner as they searched the house. Judging from the photo she's definitely the one who wears the pants in THAT family.


7 posted on 12/30/2005 5:55:42 PM PST by sinanju
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To: Bahbah
FNC followed the story for quite a while today. There was a soldier holding the baby and giving her her bottle. I melted right into the floor.


8 posted on 12/30/2005 6:03:01 PM PST by saquin
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To: saquin

Oh no, here I go again. Have you ever seen anything so dear!


9 posted on 12/30/2005 6:05:31 PM PST by Bahbah (A known Snow Flake)
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To: SandRat
C-130 from the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Our guys out of Anchorage, Alaska! What a day!
10 posted on 12/30/2005 6:23:32 PM PST by ArmyTeach (Pray daily for our troops.)
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To: SandRat

Yet another story of just what our American GI's are made of.


11 posted on 12/30/2005 6:26:41 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Marine_Uncle

And all came about because of one of those midnight raids our soldiers execute, terrorizing women and children. Just ask Kerry...


12 posted on 12/30/2005 6:43:17 PM PST by ArmyTeach (Pray daily for our troops.)
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"And all came about because of one of those midnight raids our soldiers execute, terrorizing women and children. Just ask Kerry..."
I have reached a point where I believe Hanoi John just says things to get reactions, evaluate majority trends in how America reacts. I think these liberal goons are not quite as stupid as we may elude them to be. They know they have the L/MSM mostly on their side regardless of issue. So they can push things. They are cold calculating commies, and are well trained in how to manipulate a large portion of this country.

Liken their character and mode of operenda to how the Ali Babba stay in a crowd then when lest expect, jump out and fire on US troops, while they use little kids and women as shields. Their profile appear to closely match the goons's methods.

13 posted on 12/30/2005 7:10:19 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: saquin

A beautiful picture


14 posted on 12/30/2005 7:14:13 PM PST by skr ("That book [Bible], sir, is the rock on which our republic rests."--Andrew Jackson)
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To: saquin

Thank you. I cannot get enough of these pictures.


15 posted on 12/30/2005 7:21:58 PM PST by A knight without armor
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To: SandRat

Where is the baby's mother? Anyone know? I didn't hear anything about her in this today.


16 posted on 12/30/2005 7:39:35 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn

Still in Iraq, it's that Arab/Islam thing.


17 posted on 12/30/2005 8:02:41 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
Thanks for the tissue, SandRat. Can't see a bloody thing. . .
God Bless our men and women, baby Noor and her brave family.
18 posted on 12/30/2005 8:30:26 PM PST by used2BDem (Navy Vet (Navy Mom))
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To: SandRat

BTTT


19 posted on 12/31/2005 3:19:11 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: ArmyTeach
"And all came about because of one of those midnight raids our soldiers execute, terrorizing women and children. Just ask Kerry..."
Quite a guy ah.
20 posted on 12/31/2005 7:41:31 AM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Arizona Carolyn

The mother is only 18 years old and the grandmother didn't want her traveling alone. And the grandmother said she wouldn't go without her son, the baby's father, so she would have a male escort.


21 posted on 12/31/2005 7:53:02 AM PST by Atlantian
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To: Arizona Carolyn

The mother is only 18 years old and the grandmother didn't want her traveling alone. And the grandmother said she wouldn't go without her son, the baby's father, so she would have a male escort.


22 posted on 12/31/2005 7:53:36 AM PST by Atlantian
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To: SandRat
Baby Noor is now on a Delta flight from Frankfurt to Atlanta, arriving this afternoon.

The grandmother asked how cold Atlanta was. Well, we're having a lovely day, high near 60. The grandmother will not have to worry about being cold.

23 posted on 12/31/2005 9:47:03 AM PST by Atlantian
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